Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you in life?

Bailey Chase: It’s not any one specific thing, it’s like watching a movie and then, all of a sudden, there’s a compelled moment that resonates and I’m inspired to try and do the same. In my work, it could just be something I see on the street, whether it’s somebody giving a homeless guy a dollar or a child and a parent. I get inspired all the time.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

BC: I am pretty diligent with my fitness routine. I am not like a crazy workout-holic, but I stay active. In my downtime, I play a lot of golf with my dog. I pretty much eat whatever I want, but I don’t go crazy all the time, either. Just got to do things in moderation.

RP: How did you start acting?

BC: In 1995, I graduated from Duke and loaded up my truck with my yellow lab. I put my diploma away somewhere, and I started waiting tables. I got into acting class and first started working in commercials. Just started studying and doing plays and working hard.

RP: What type of research goes into preparing for a role?

BC: That’s a good question. Everybody has their own approach. I don’t adhere to any one philosophy. I learn a lot from life and people-watching and other people watching. I was a psychology major. I think that definitely helps in general life; I enjoy trying to figure out why people are the way they are.

In terms of my work, I use my imagination a lot. Just imagine what it would be like to be this person in these circumstances, and justify their attitude and behaviors. Whether that’s good, bad, a little bit of both. Then just go from there.

RP: Any new projects coming up?

BC: I just finished a little work on Chicago P.D. Chicago is a cool city; it’s where I am from originally. I get to see my aunts and both cousins. That was great. I have one daughter. She just turned six months, so [it was] a huge deal seeing her cousins for the first time. I just finished doing a movie with Zack Snyder. It will probably be out in a year, maybe early 2016. That was really cool too. I’ve never worked on anything of that scale.

I did a movie this summer right after Longmire, season three: No Beast So Fierce. That was a really different experience for me. I shaved my head and I had tattoos all over my body, like a guy who was getting out of prison. It was my first lead in a movie. I really relished just the challenge, the opportunity, and the responsibility and everything that comes with being a number one.

Bailey Chase stars as a hunky deputy with political motives on A&E’s contemporary crime thriller Longmire and as a DEA agent on Chicago P.D. He also stars opposite Selma Blair in the dramatic feature Sex, Death, and Bowling and leads the cast of the drama No Beast So Fierce.


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