Acting Alumnus Hal Miers '20 Stars in Gabi DeMartino's 'Blood Queens' and Daniel Roebuck's 'Lucky Louie'
BY Amanda Breen, October 23, 2020
Acting alumnus Hal Miers ’20 is a series regular on the fifth season of Gabi DeMartino’s Blood Queens and recently wrapped filming on Daniel Roebuck’s Lucky Louie.
Blood Queens, created by DeMartino and co-directed by her and Thomas Hughes, is a self-produced horror-comedy YouTube series. The show is a spoof and reimagined continuation of Fox’s satirical comedy slasher Scream Queens. Miers plays the love interest of one of the show’s leads.
Lucky Louie, co-directed by Roebuck and his daughter Grace Roebuck, follows a retired police officer, four ex-convicts, and a behavioral science major as they attempt to solve a robbery committed in the 1970s. A classic mystery with a dash of spirituality, the film incorporates elements of humor and affirms the existence of second chances. Miers plays a younger version of one of the film’s protagonists.
Since March, the film industry has had to adapt to the pandemic era, and Miers notes that both productions observed the recommended health guidelines. Though each set had its own distinct culture—Blood Queens’ was more casual while Lucky Louie’s was more traditional in terms of adhering to a strict schedule—both followed Screen Actors Guild (SAG) protocols, which call for regular testing and mask-wearing between takes.
During his time at the School of the Arts, Miers had roles in Eugene Ma’s In the Blood; Ron Van Lieu’s All My Sons, Summer and Smoke, and Last Days of Judas Iscariot; Associate Professor James Calleri’s John; and Arin Arbus’ King Lear and Taming of the Shrew.
Off-Broadway, Miers was in the ensemble cast of Frankenstein, played Kurt/Frederich in a national tour of The Sound of Music, and has had many roles in regional theatre productions. He also performs stand-up comedy.
Miers’ film and television credits include roles in As the World Turns, Saturday Night Live, and Manchild.
Blood Queens’ fifth season will premiere on YouTubeTV on October 31, 2020, and Lucky Louie will premiere in 2021.