You may recognize Max Carver for his roles on Desperate Housewives and the hit MTV series, Teen Wolf. The talented (and cute!) actor is set to star as Jordan in The Cheating Pact, which deals with high school students who cheat on their college entrance exams.
Celebrity Teen Scoop recently chatted with Max about his character, Aiden, “a high school kid who wants it all but doesn’t necessarily want to work for it.” Max also revealed what it’s like working with his twin brother on Teen Wolf!
CTS: You star as Jordan in the Lifetime World Premiere The Cheating Pact, premiering on September 28th. Please tell us about your role.
Max: “I play a high school kid who wants it all but doesn’t necessarily want to work for it. I’m athletic, have a gorgeous girl (actress Laura Samuels) and entitlement issues. When it comes down to it, I have to decide between doing what’s right versus getting what I want. Alas, I’m a teenager!”
CTS: The movie’s subject was inspired by true events. How do you feel about the pressure some parents put on their kids to score big on these college entrance exams in order to go to good colleges.
Max: “Reflecting on my own high school experience, the SAT and college applications certainly meant a great deal to me at the time. I went to a very competitive prep school and achievement meant the world; high scores and acceptance letters felt like a reflection of my value.
Having graduated from college and looking back, I think the amount of pressure was absurd. It took away from the value of my own learning experience and my own interests and instead placed it on this extraneous thing: achievement. I hope that parents nurture their child’s interests, instead of encouraging their kids to ‘look good’ and ‘make money.’ Don’t get me wrong – I think everyone deserves to have an education – but I believe that school should serve as a stimulus and opportunity for self-education and growth, not as the end-all, be-all signifier of self worth.”
CTS: You got your big acting break on Desperate Housewives. What was it like playing Preston Scavo? Did you grow as an actor from that experience?
Max: “Oh, definitely. Desperate Housewives was my first acting experience ever. I had a lot to learn. Fortunately, I worked with a very talented cast and crew, as well as some very understanding producers. Playing Preston Scavo was a blast and the greatest thing I took away from that experience was that there is a part of me that still is Preston Scavo. I love mischief and trouble (the good kind and only occasionally). In terms of growth, that was my growth. Over the course of working on that show, I learned to be more present and have fun – it was my story to tell.”
CTS: What was it like working with all those great ladies? Did Felicity Huffman give you any acting advice you can share?
Max: “Of course! She’s amazing. I learned something from all of the actors and actresses on that set, both from their generosity in helping me and also just from watching them; I learned how to conduct myself and own my part of the show. The best advice Felicity ever gave me wasn’t necessarily direct; it was from watching her stand up for what she wanted and how she wanted to play the role. She just owned it and I really admired that.”
CTS: You also currently star on Teen Wolf, again alongside your twin brother. Do you enjoy working together? How do you keep your personal relationship separate from your professional one?
Max: “Oh boy. Charles…I can’t speak for him, but I know he would agree that we both absolutely love working on Teen Wolf! That is such a fun show all around. How often do you get to run around shirtless with claws and fangs and call it a job? It’s fun. In terms of keeping the personal and professional separate, that can be challenging. We live together and I always feel that I know what’s best and so does he. But, ultimately, it’s live and let live. The best time is when I’m standing there watching my brother and he does something that surprises me (in a good way).”
CTS: How did you get your start in acting?
Max: “I got my start in one of those ridiculous Hollywood story ways; I was working in Washington D.C. and my brother told me there was a show that was interested in casting twins. So he sent me the script and I taped it with my Dad. I didn’t expect anything to happen, but two days later I was sleeping on my brother’s couch praying that we were going to book it. That show was Desperate Housewives, and I completely caught the acting bug!”
CTS: What are some of your favorite hobbies.
Max: “I am a bit of a hobby-horse. I have played around with too many ‘hobbies’ at this point. I love music, motorcycles (it’s like flying), driving (don’t know why but maybe it’s LA), and writing.”
CTS: What’s up next for you?
Max: “For now, I am shooting Teen Wolf. I’m excited to say that I have been working hard and also have some other fun stuff coming up. I shot a film with Britt Robertson called Undiscovered Gyrl. I really loved that script and I’m excited to see how it turned out! This summer, I also finished shooting a pilot for HBO called The Leftovers, directed by Peter Berg. It is so cool! Finally, I have been creating some content of my own and I’m excited to see where that goes. So far, life is good.”