Sloan triplets take on Hollywood
Picture this: Walking down a hallway shrouded in darkness toward a slightly opened door. Suddenly, a loud noise goes off in the distance and blood is splattered everywhere. CUT! The set lights flash on and it’s lunchtime. Freshmen Dart and Robert Sloan gained insight to the production of films when they earned roles in the 2015 horror film, Sinister 2. Along with their sister freshman Anastasia Sloan, the three have been in the acting industry for as long as they can remember.
Influenced by their mother, who was a theater major and director, the Sloan triplets were introduced to child acting at a very young age.
“She’s definitely influenced us. It’s really funny because sometimes we’ll just become different characters and talk in British or Australian accents. It makes life more interesting and fun,” Anastasia said.
Although they are only 14 years old, the Sloan triplets all have significant career portfolios. Dart and Robert played brothers, Zach and Dylan Collins, in Sinister 2. Robert also played a small role in the television sitcom, How I Met Your Mother, and Anastasia has featured in several brand commercials, including Hyundai, RocketJump and Nike.
“It was pretty cool to be on Sinister 2. Most people would imagine that it’s scary to do, but you’re surrounded by a bunch of people; not just the actors, but also the director, the cameramen and everyone else. The fact that I got to play the role with my brother was even better,” Dart said.
The Sloan triplets go to auditions on weekdays, which can take up to several hours. After an audition, it can take up to several weeks before knowing whether they booked the role.
“Memorizing lines takes a lot of effort. I just read over the lines a bunch of times, and usually I’ll get it on the tenth or fifteenth try, but it takes hours and hours,” Dart said. “I have to say that being in the car driving places is pretty tough too. Acting takes a lot of school life; you’ve got to do a lot of homework on the road.”
A typical day of shooting begins with arriving on set, which can be located anywhere across the country. Then, the wardrobe department prepares character outfits for the scene. After being changed, makeup is put on which takes anywhere from ten minutes to two hours. The work day ends with filming scenes in a variety of settings, in front of dozens of other people, including the director, producers, cameramen and castmates.
“My favorite part about acting is probably the experience of being on set and seeing all of the behind-the-scenes things. It’s pretty crazy how they do some of the scenes. For horror movies especially, how they do the special effects is crazy. They use air pumps to splatter blood and everything,” Robert said. “The environment with everyone is also really cool because everyone is really friendly which makes it less nerve-wracking.”
By having a whole family with the passion to act, the Sloan triplets have strengthened the already strong bond they have with one another. From helping memorize lines to giving support at auditions, they have been with one another since the very beginning and continue to push one another’s skills and abilities.
“It’s pretty fun with my siblings, because the director has to deal with ‘double the trouble’ and it’s pretty cool. Just being in something together is really fun,” Dart said.
Regardless of the number of jobs or auditions they earn, the Sloan triplets continue to support one another in their various endeavors.
“I think we’re just really close. The acting definitely brings us closer, but we were always close. Honestly, we’ll be in class and sometimes when the teacher says something, we’ll just look at each other and immediately know what we’re all thinking,” Anastasia said. “I look up to them, and they’re mainly my influence.”
The Sloan triplets are considering pursuing acting as a professional career, but also look forward to other fields. Nevertheless, acting has taught them many lessons over the years and given them experiences they will never forget.
“I’ve learned that you have to be prepared for a lot of different situations,” Robert said. “[Acting] is sometimes rough. You don’t get all the auditions you try out for, but you have to stick with it. I’ve learned that if you just keep going and going, you’ll succeed in the end.”
By Sarah Aie, Sports editor
Photo by Jeffrey Tran