EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ignacyo Matynia Previews Lifetime’s The Man in the Guest House!


Kristen Alderson & Ignacyo Matynia star in the movie The Man in the Guest House premiering on Lifetime Channel on Sunday Feb 18, 2024 at 8/7c. We at Survived The Shows had the incredible chance to chat via email with star Ignacyo Matynia, who teased the movie and their experience in The Man in the Guest House. Check out the full interview below!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ignacyo Matynia Previews Lifetime's The Man in the Guest House!
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ignacyo Matynia Previews Lifetime’s The Man in the Guest House!

Can you tell us a bit about your character in The Man in the Guest House?

I play Brandon Burke — a gym trainer, husband and homeowner who agrees to rent out his newly renovated guesthouse. 

What initially attracted you to your role in The Man in the Guest House?

To be honest, I really wanted to work with the director John Murlowski — he’s a household name within the TV Movie universe and I felt that it was a rite of passage to step through his lens. For me , what’s almost equally as important as the types of roles you play are the people you get to play with. I’m fascinated by all the different types of processes directors go through with their team. Getting to hop amongst various productions and learning from all these brilliant directors is such a blessing I can’t express in words. Im lucky that these people can share their love for filmmaking with me. 

What do you think makes this movie so special and captivating?

Honestly, what’s special to me were the people working on it, it usually is. It takes grit to finish a movie. That’s the thing, when you’re around people who share the same dream of growing and learning in their careers — you raise each-other up, you do better work, and work begets work … At the end of the day, it’s about the work, isn’t it?

What do you hope audiences take away from watching The Man in the Guest House?

Pick better tenants, 😉.

What was it like working with the rest of the cast on set?

 I had the beauty of working alongside Kristen Alderson, a veteran soap actor who coincidentally enough was born on the same day and year as me. It was safe to say that shortly after we found out we were long lost siblings that we totally became great friends and coworkers. It’s so lovely to work with humble people that take away the stereotype of vanity and ego that so often exists in Hollywood. 

The entire cast was lovely and hungry for success, each on their own respective journey. We shared war stories and laughed about the struggle of being actors working their way up from the bottom. Reminds me of that drake song ya’know ? “Started from the bottom now we …. are … kinda somewhere in the middle” 🤣

What can you tease about your character Journey?

I’m not saying I AM the villain, but I’m also not saying I’m NOT the villain. 

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming The Man in the Guest House?

Kristen broke an actual wine glass while the cameras were rolling and filming her scenes. It was freaking awesome. I dont know if I’m allowed to share that haha. 

Can you tell us about any challenges you faced while filming The Man in the Guest House and how you overcame them?

Leaving the crew behind. It’s hard to say goodbye. You become a family. MOST of us don’t know when the next job will be , so we all try to hold on as deeply as we can whIle working knowing each one could be your last. 

Change of subject, What have been some of the most memorable projects you have worked on throughout your career, and why?

Most memorable moments, wow…to be honest there’s… uh… there’s a lot. Super hard to pick one over another. God has his hand on my back and has put me in some incredible circumstances throughout my journey. Most of them would fall into the  “my firsts” category. Like my first paid feature film, my first television movie , my first guest starring role, or my first film “based on a true story”. 

I will tell you though. The two that meant the most to me, thus far have been my first “based on a true story” and my first “guest starring” role on a television show. Break every chain was more than just a movie. It had the conviction most stories lack, a message that’s extended to you through your emotions. I’ve always yearned to work on movies that speak to your soul and flutter your heart. The collaboration I had with Tim Searfoss is unparalleled and I cannot wait for us to get the chance to work on something with a bigger budget and the time we demand we need to create something great.

The other was guest starring on Law and Order: SVU. My old manager Dan Cotoia 

got me this audition and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dan. to be honest the only reason I think I booked the job was because during the audition I accidentally broke a hole in my wall. A hole, that was SO visible I had to acknowledge it in my self tape. They probably felt bad and wanted to help reimburse my “whoopsie” . Working on THAT set was magic. It was that feeling you had as a kid the first time you stepped foot in Disneyland. it was like watching magic happen before your very eyes and the cherry on top was getting to be a part of that magic show yourself. 

The best part was after filming my initial scenes and wrapping up my dream job. I got a call a week later inviting me back to film more scenes. I literally almost fainted because I’d finally gotten the dream come true of being able to film an interrogating scene with Mariska Hargitay and Kelli Giddish. Who’m may I add are POWERHOUSE performers. Just the realest people — working flawlessly on the highest level of the industry. 

Also,  Nico Nepola, the director of my first music video, which also happened to be my first acting project post-dropping out of college just so happened to be the 2nd AD on the show. It was so surreal having the guy who gave me my first acting gig share a call sheet with me on Law and Order SVU, 8 years later.

Can you tease something about your next projects?

I’m, to my own surprise, starting to become more selective of the work I choose to give my energy to. Not because of money or anything like that… but really because a lot of stories aren’t compelling, the characters are one dimensional and the plots are recycled. A lot of movies today feel like they’re being fed through an algorithm and lack originality. I pride myself on my work ethic and the amount of preparation I put into my craft. I want to be surrounded by people that push me to work harder, dig deeper and share stories that help bring awareness to sides of life that need illumination and I want to tell better stories, I want to challenge my muscle for empathy and I’m hoping to get the opportunity to play with the big dogs soon. (Knock on wood)

The Man in the Guest House” starring Ignacyo Matynia will premiere on Sunday, February 18th on Lifetime Channel.

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