Chris Diamantopoulos is building a scorching career, on and off screen


NEW YORK – When you see Chris Diamantopoulos on screen, you can get a feeling of déjà vu. The actor appears regularly in movies and TV shows as a variety of characters, and he’s fine if you try to place yourself where you’ve seen him before.

“I want people to guess,” the actor recently told Zoom from his home in Los Angeles. “This is one of the reasons I am not on social media. I’d rather people see me say, ‘Oh wait, that’s that guy.’ As opposed to “Oh yeah, I knew it was going to happen because I saw him in his dressing room in the costume,” and he uploaded a video of how he did the vocals. “

Diamantopoulos, 46, who started his career on stage and starred on Broadway in “Les Misérables,” “The Full Monty” and “Waitress,” is on a villainous streak. He is in ” True story, “Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes’ New Series on Netflix, and Streamer’s Blockbuster Movie”Red NoticeWith Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.

If his voice sounds familiar to you, Diamantopoulos is the fifth person in history to voice Mickey Mouse for Disney and has appeared in over 40 episodes of Fox’s “American Dad”.

His voice acting career is so robust that he built a professional studio at home when his family moved from New York to Los Angeles during the pandemic.

“I spent a good six months doing it. Every time I bought new or soundproofed equipment I was like, “My God, is this going to be worth it? And then, series after series after series, I was lucky enough to be able to make these records. It’s not a home studio, it’s a real studio in my home, which is really wonderful.

Another perk for keeping his vocal work close is the closeness of his three children to his wife, actor Becki Newton.

“It was fun being able to cook breakfast for the kids and say, ‘Guys, I’m going to rush over to something quick and I’ll be back right away. “”

Or, if you’re still trying to place him, there’s “The Office,” where he played Brian the audio guy, who worked on the documentary crew filming the employees of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton office. In the final season, he was Jenna Fischer’s confidant of Pam, as John Krasinski’s character Jim began a new career. His character was supposed to amplify the issues in the relationship between the characters.

Diamantopoulos recalls that it was an interesting experience because Fischer and Kraskinski were appropriately deeply invested in Jim and Pam’s story and didn’t want to upset the fans.

“We filmed a group that didn’t end up on the show, much to my regret, of course,” Diamantopoulos said. “But I think in the end what they landed on was the right way to go. I felt like I was invited to someone’s house and wanted to make sure to take my shoes off at the door because there was white carpet and I was really worried about leaving things like I found them. They were all very gracious about it, of course, but they cared deeply about it, as they should. I was moved to see how much they cared.

Then he voices a character from the Disney + movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. And he has a role in the Amazonian series “Daisy Jones and the Six” with Riley Keough and Sam Claflin and will appear in the second season of “Made for Love” for HBO Max.

One of Diamantopoulos’ close friends is Bryan Cranston, who hired him to play the twins in “The Dangerous Book for Boys” in 2018.

“He’s been such a strong presence in my life and a reminder of what my job as an actor is,” he says. “If I’m worried about anything about having to audition for this, that, or anything, he says, ‘It’s your job. Your job is to do the best you can with the materials provided to you. Your job is not what you get paid or where you stay. It’s someone else’s job. I love him for that.

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