Mason McNulty: More to the Story

Taylor Harrington 9/8/2021 10:07am EST

Photo Credit: Zachary Smith

Mason McNulty is a talented actor who can be seen in the upcoming Lionsgate Film “Catch the Bullet” alongside Jay Pickett and Peter Facinelli. The intense Western is coming to streaming services and select theaters this Friday, September 10, 2021. McNulty’s talent is limitless, and it is only the beginning for this rising star.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Mason! How did you first get into the entertainment industry?

Well, the thing is, my mom put me into acting when was three months old, so I don’t really remember how I started. I do remember the first job ever got. It was for a PSA for the state of Utah and was for if you didn’t want your baby you could give them to the firehouse or the police station and they would take them under their wings or put them in a good foster care home.

We all start somewhere, Mason! So from there you went on to be cast in Days of Our Lives, you’ve been in PEN15, you were in Glee, and now you have the Lionsgate film Catch the Bullet, which is coming out on Friday September 10th. When you’re first getting to know your characters, where do you pull your inspiration from to get into a certain role?

Well, I can tell you for a fact that for Catch the Bullet I actually took a lot of inspiration from the show the old Western show The Rifleman. I absolutely love those kind of shows, so it was pretty easy for me to get inspiration for the character. It was difficult at the same time because there were new emotions I had to tap into, but I just love a challenge. That was really fun to do.

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What can you tell us about your character in Catch the Bullet and about the movie in general?

Well, my character Chad is a loyal, charming, just all-around, really great kid. The movie follows young Chad as he’s being dragged through thick and thin by Jed who wants revenge on his dad, Brett McMasters, who put him in jail for five years.

That is intense! How can we watch the film?

It’s actually going to be in select theaters and also on streaming services!

That’s so exciting! Congratulations on that role! Let’s talk about your role on Schooled a little bit because it’s a fun little story. You played Toby and sort of encapsulated the old movie Rudy, right? What was it like just being on the set of such a great show with such a talented cast?

It was really fun. Everyone there was so nice and so welcoming. It was sad to see the show got canceled, but we always have memories to go back to. The days that we were on set and the days that we laughed will always be there.

Always! Where do you see yourself in the next five years, both personally and professionally, Mason?

I don’t know a whole lot, but what I do know is that I want to go to college and I have a couple of dream schools that I would love to go to. I want to major in engineering or film art. I just always wanted to be an engineer. My grandpa was an engineer and he’s one of my biggest inspirations.

Those are great goals! What would you say is your favorite type of role to play?

My favorite types of roles to play I would say are the more challenging roles because it’s always a challenge to figure out the character and the dynamics. When you see it actually on the big screen and it all comes together, that’s just so satisfying to watch.

If you could put into one word to describe the feeling of seeing your finished work on the big screen, what would that word be?

I’m a big Disney fanatic myself, so I’ll say “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.

That’s amazing, Mason! What advice would you give to another young actor trying to break into this industry or find their own path?

I would say that the industry has a lot of ups and downs, mostly downs, and a few ups. So for those downs, don’t let it get to your head. There is always a bigger and better project waiting for you. You’ve got to keep going and keep pushing.

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Amen. That is great advice. Mason, I am just so thankful that you were able to share a little bit of your story with us, and I can’t wait to see Catch the Bullet on Friday! How can our followers or readers find you on social media to follow your work?

My Instagram is at @Mason.McNulty. My TikTok is actually @MasonByson. Funny story about that is I was trying to figure out how to find a name or word to rhyme with my name and I was like, ‘Oh, bison!’ and I just spelled it incorrectly.

Hey, it stuck! I love that! Best of luck in all of your future endeavors, and thanks again for joining us!

Originally from Edison, New Jersey, Taylor won the 2005 “Middlesex County Caring Award”, and hasn’t stopped caring since. When she is not writing or hosting More to the Story, Taylor can be found chasing her two mutts around Athens, Ohio where she currently resides with her husband. Moving to Appalachia has made a huge impact on her life, and she can’t wait to share some of her stories, laughs, and (mis)adventures with you!

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