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Irish Highs – Eoin Macken is far more than just a pretty face.

Being named the face of an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign could be the height of a career.

But for Eoin Macken, that 2003 credit is just one of many.

The Irish actor — whose given name is pronounced Owen — plays the volatile Dr. TC Callahan on NBC’s The Night Shift, the hospital drama that just wrapped its second season. He also turned heads this spring as Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee during the time of Jesus, in National Geographic Channel’s Killing Jesus.

“I wanted to do it because he’s a dark character,” Macken says of the role as the Roman leader. “It’s interesting playing the human side of this person who had pressure from the Romans, his wife and the areas he was governing while trying to keep a grasp on power.”

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Eoin Macken
Eoin Macken

Awesome review on Dreaming For You, directed by Eoin Macken

Ireland / 71 minutes / bw / Blank Canvas Dir & Scr: Eoin C. Macken Pr: Eoin C. Macken, Gerry Balfe Smyth Cine: Gerry Balfe Smyth Cast: Eoin Macken, Kettie Rompre, Tom Lambertson, James Catanzaro, Rekha Luther, Seijo Imazaki, Frank Macken, Bjorn Milz, Doug Porter, Robert Ross.

Adam Chambers (Macken), an Irish-born resident of NYC, is clearly in psychological difficulties. His cramped apartment on West 4th Street is a cesspit, he hurls abuse at his reflection in the mirror, he’s months behind with the rent and has been served with an eviction notice, he enacts suicide in his bath but his blunt knife won’t cut the skin. The one island of stability in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Kayla (Rompre); although her situation is never clearly spelled out, she apparently has a steady job at an art gallery. By contrast, Adam is supposedly an actor but has difficulty plucking up the nerve to go to casting calls, instead spending his days mostly wandering the city and neglecting to return Kayla’s phonecalls.


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Eoin Macken interviewed by New York Moves Magazine

“I find everything to do with film making and photography and writing to be fascinating… and I have always wanted to understand as many different aspects of the art forms.”

MM Have you found your transition from modeling to acting, writing, and directing to be an intellectually stimulating one? Did you have any sort of existential experience while in your modeling career?

EM I don’t think it’s a transition as more of a constant exploration. I find everything to do with film making and photography and writing to be fascinating, and I have always wanted to understand as many different aspects of the art forms and to be able to do it myself so I can fully appreciate it and to become better at what I do. It’s all linked to the composition of an image, through photography (modelling), to acting and cinematography to writing and imagery or perceiving the visual to express a story or mood. I made a documentary on the art of a photograph when I was modelling because I found the process at the highest level working with people like Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh and Mike Bunn to be enlightening. The compositions in narrative photography are influenced by film making and art and there is a constant cross over of skills.

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Part i of a 7 part anthology of the Seven Deadly Sins, by Eoin C Macken

Eoin posted this link on his official website, Blank Canvas Pictures, but unfortunately for some reason his website got shut down, so here’s the link for you to watch. Both actors also played in his feature film, LEOPARD. None of the following parts have been posted anywhere. No idea if he managed to film them or not. Part i of a 7 part anthology of the Seven Deadly Sins. Part i looks at lust, featuring Michael Yare (Neverland, Ferocious Planet) and Charlotte Atkinson (Neverland). Shot and directed by Eoin C Macken, a Blank Canvas Pictures Production.

The making of Eoin Macken

He’s a model, film maker and photographer on a mission. Deirdre McQuillan meets the young Eoin Macken. It is September 2002, and a young UCD science student from Howth accidentally auditions for a part in Dramsoc’s production of Roddy Doyle’s The Snapper. To his surprise, he lands the role of Bertie, the sleazy Spanish chancer, but more importantly he uncovers a latent talent. From that point on, acting becomes Eoin Macken’s passion, and his life takes a very different and unexpected focus.”

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Eoin Macken by Lorna Fitzsimons
Eoin Macken by Lorna Fitzsimons

Eoin Macken Explains The Key to Onscreen Success: Get Behind the Camera

Eoin Macken was in the middle of directing a movie atop a windswept cliff when NBC’s “The Night Shift” asked him for an audition video. Surrounded by friends, colleagues, and top-notch film equipment, he figured they could take an additional 10 minutes at the end of the day to shoot a quick scene. After promising everyone drinks were on him that night, he says, “We just shot this audition tape on the top of a cliff. And it looked quite cool!

picture by Gabe Sachs

Having booked the lead role of army vet TC Callahan on the gripping medical drama, now wrapping up shooting its second season, Macken clearly believes in the power of the self-taped audition. Sure, not everyone has access to impeccable light and sound amid sweeping vistas, but investing in something that looks well-executed is crucial.

“If you have a good camera, it makes it look a bit more professional, and someone will take the time to really look at it,” he says, before adding with emphasis, “Make sure the sound is good.” …

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The Inside – more from the actors

A group of girls are terrorized by violent vagrants before succumbing to a horrific supernatural evil 

You’ve seen him as Sir Gwaine in the BBC’s TV series Merlin, now Eoin Macken steps behind the camera to direct THE INSIDE, featuring Czech starlet Tereza Srbova (Sirens, Eastern Promises) alongside Emmett Scanlan (Hollyoaks, Charlie Casanova), Sean Stewart (Occi, Coward), Natalia Kostrzewa (The Clinic) & Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones).

IMDB page

Interview with Eoin Macken (RCN TV)
Interview with Eoin Macken (Flicks And The City)
Interview with Eoin Macken and Brian Fortune (Frightfest2012, James Marsh)
Interview with Brian Fortune (RCN TV)
Interview with Brian Fortune (Flicks And The City)
Interview with Kellie Blaise (RCN TV)
Interview with Kellie Blaise (Flicks And The City)
The Making Of The Inside  

Eoin’s blog on The Inside
‘Disturbing’ interview with Eoin Macken
IAMA with Eoin Macken

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Male Models Make Movies Baby…

Male models Eoin Macken and Carl Shaaban took a wee break from looking mystic & windswept, pointing at things in the near distance, and drinking orange mocha frappachinos to make a documentary film about the Irish modelling industry. Called ‘The Fashion of Modelling’ their movie makes the bold suggestion that the majority of our precious photocall princesses aint real models at all, but merely promo girls! Noooo. Say it aint true?? Sorry folks. You won’t find male models Eoin Macken and Carl Shaaban standing on Grafton Street in the freezing cold clad only in their jocks, smiling inanely as a ropey snapper makes them dance like monkeys in the hope that whatever product they are peddling makes it onto page 27 of the Evening Herald. No way. These guys are proper models. Thoroughbreds. …

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Watch the hour long documentary directed by Eoin C Macken and produced by Carl Shaaban  

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Eoin Macken and Carl Shaaban

They are male models and filmmakers. Eoin and Carl don’t conform to the beefcake stereotypes of life as a male model. Both have hugely successful careers as clothes horses, but they’ve also just launched a documentary film examining the fashion industry in Ireland. In terms of modelling credits, both Eoin and Carl have featured on the pages of GQ. Eoin has just shot a big advertising campaign for Braun and has modelled for Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie and Fitch. This new film project The Fashion of Modelling, was inspired by Eoin’s younger sister and her friends. …

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Watch the hour long documentary directed by Eoin C Macken and produced by Carl Shaaban

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