Personable and full of panache, Travis Van Winkle beams with charisma and talent. Starring in Season 3 of You on Netflix, which airs this month, the actor is set for greatness.
When did you first discover your love of acting or performing?
Halloween. As far back as I can remember, I would go all out and transform myself with costumes and become someone or something totally new. I’ve always felt fearless decked out in face paint and wigs!
You play Cary in Season 3 of You. What can our audience expect from your character?
Cary is full of surprises, hellbent on maximizing human potential and determined to live his best life. He loves pushing himself and others to the limit, so the audience should get ready for Cary Conrad to punch them straight in the face.
What would you say has influenced your artistry throughout your career?
Probably my curiosity with psychology. Acting gives me the platform to explore myself and humanity through playing in these imaginary worlds. Th ere is always some sort of alchemy with the work that calls forward personal discovery and healing. My profession happens to also be my greatest teacher.
You are no stranger to being on set of some major blockbuster films as well as starring on TV. Do you have a preference for big-screen versus small?
I love the scope of filming movies in this symphonic window of one to two months, then it’s just done. Something beautiful about that. As far as television, I feel like I am meant to be on TV because my initials are TV. I’m kidding. Kinda. Television is a whole different animal because you usually get each new episode a couple weeks out, so you’re constantly curious about what comes next on your character’s journey... just like in real life. But don’t put baby in a box! My priority is to do both.
Anything exciting on the horizon?
I have a project to build a school in Senegal with the nonprofit organization buildOn in 2022. I’ve been a global ambassador for buildOn since 2016 and love our mission: to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.