Despite larger aspirations, Starman represents celebrity impersonators for a living and works out of a model RV on his family’s RV sales lot.
We caught up with the actor behind Starman, Justin Dray, to chat about his experience filming in Nashville and working with the Still The King cast and crew.
What do you think viewers will enjoy most about your character?
I don’t want to spoil anything, but he’s not necessarily the best thing for Vernon. He’s not always putting Vernon’s interests at the forefront. But what’s great about him is that his is a redemptive tale, and I hope audience members will be able to relate to that. We stumble, we make mistakes, but there’s always that option to find redemption and make the right choice in the end.
How was working with Billy Ray Cyrus and the rest of the cast?
It was fantastic! They were so gracious and humble. What’s really lucky is that you could feel the good energy. Sometimes you go on set and there’s a weird kind of energy, that maybe isn’t as welcoming or comfortable. But I’ll tell ya, when I got on this set, everybody was just super nice, super professional, welcoming, very gracious. It was just fantastic. And Billy, of course, was great.
Do you have a favorite scene or line that your character says?
I always liked his line about his cut: “industry standard 23.7 percent, of course.” I really love the costumes for Starman. I would get in his boots and just feel the character.
If you could play any other character on the show, which would you pick?
I don’t know. There are so many great characters. In a future season, I would love to see an alternate reality where I’m actually Burnin’ Vernon becoming a star, and he’s Starman. I also love Travis’ character Walt. And Ronnie! He’s the best. That’s what I’m really excited about, it’s such a strong ensemble cast. Not to mention all the cameos we had!
What was it like filming the show in Nashville?
Oh, my gosh, I love Nashville! I had so much fun. I was staying by Hattie B’s, so I ate my weight in hot chicken, that’s for sure. Music, drinks, colorful nightlife, it was great. The production team and everyone who worked on it was second to none, as far as I’m concerned.
Do you have any favorite local spots?
There was a place that I really liked called Two Bits, that’s kind of an arcade style restaurant with old video games. I would go there and play old school Super Mario World on my off days. I would just roll over there, have a beer and play some video games.
What have you been up to since the show wrapped filming?
I’ve just been in Los Angeles doing the actor thing. Going for it. I think in today’s age, you gotta be your own content curator. So everybody’s working on scripts and ideas and trying to shot stuff.
What music are you listening to right now?
I’m really excited about the new Radiohead album. I like hip-hop and some oldies but goodies.
If you could pick any popular show to be on, which would it be?
I have to say, that Mr. Robot is legit. I’d also love to be on Broad City.
Still The King premieres Sunday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.