mateus ward

Mateus Ward, Actor, Murder in the First: Our Teen Inspiration

No need to bully, start fights, talk trash, or hate on anyone because they are different

Ocean Pleasant: What inspires your work?

Mateus Ward: I’m inspired by good work. Whether it is a great performance by another actor, a piece of art, or someone doing something altruistic. People doing what they love and doing it well always inspires me.

OP: If you could say one thing to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

MW: Be. Nice. To. Each. Other! We are all we have on this little blue dot, so there is no need to bully, start fights, talk trash, or hate on anyone because they are different.

OP: Can you share advice for other Millennials pursing their dreams?

MW: Work. Study. Focus. Dedicate yourself to it and don’t give up.

OP: Name three things we probably don’t know about you.

MW: I love to draw. I spend hours every day drawing. I am a huge comic book fan, and I love everything vintage: cars, movies, music, art, and style—especially the 1950s style.

OP: How do you feel you are making a difference in the world?

MW: I feel strongly about helping fundraise and donating to causes that help children, animals, and the environment. I wish I could do more!

OP: What does “love” mean to you?

MW: To me, love is the strongest and most amazing force in the world. It can bring people together, tear them apart, lift people up, or bring them down. But if it is true and pure, love can create a beautiful and peaceful world.

OP: Are there any causes or organizations you support? If so, how can our readers get involved?

MW: I am an ambassador for an organization called Planet Dot Eco, whose goal is to bring awareness to our planet and the environment. You can learn more at I grew up in Hawaii and I think those islands are some of the most amazing places on the planet, so I donate and support the Hawaiian Land and Trust Foundation, which protects land and the beaches of Hawaii from development and pollution. You can visit their website at I love to work with and help children, so I donate money, fundraise, and encourage those over 17 to donate blood to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Please donate blood and save a child’s life!

Mateus Ward won a 2012 Young Artist Award from the Young Artist Association for his recurring role on the Showtime comedy-drama Weeds.


Photos: Marc Cartwright

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