Meet Twins Troy and Tevor of New Short Film “Lost Light Sound Hearts”
“Let’s Talk About It” segment features twin Actors Troy and Trevor Parham of the new short film “Lost Light Sound Hearts” directed by Eli and Lu Bevins of Eli Lu Entertainment. Lost Light Sound Hearts surrounds the lives of deaf twin brothers Leon and Lorenzo who have an inseparable bond. However, their lives are altered drastically when they learn that they both will soon go blind. This story was Inspired by an actual event.
Interviewer (I): Hello Troy and Trevor Parham! Thank you for taking the time to answer our Talent Questionnaire! We’re excited to hear more about your new short film “Lost Light, Sound Hearts”. Troy and Trevor, you both wrote and are staring in the film. The film was also directed by our very own Eli and Lu. So this was definitely a twin production! Written by twins, starring twins and directed by twins! Let’s get started! Can you tell us a little about the film and what inspired you to write this piece?
Trev: The film was inspired by a true story of twin brothers who were born deaf, and both started to go blind at the same time. We felt connected to the story being twins, and couldn’t possibly imagine not being able to see or hear each other.
Troy: What inspired me most about this story was how the twins love for each other ran so deep. So deep that they chose death rather than a life without one another. It reminded me of Romeo and Juliet story, but a love between brothers.
I: That’s very interesting and I love how you worded that with the Romeo and Juliet reference. Ok, please tell our readers what was the most challenging part about playing these characters?
Trev: We always look for the most challenging roles to play. This was the first time that we had to play characters, with no dialogue. It was interesting for us because we can actually communicate with each other without words, but for the film, we had to do it as someone else.
Troy: I think wearing the contacts was the hardest for me. I actually couldn’t see, and moving around the sets was hard. It was a little scary at first, in addition to actually pulling out the emotions of my character dealing with the loss of his sight.
I: Wow, so you wore contacts during those scenes that allowed you to really get into character. How do you prepare for scenes? Is there something you do beforehand?
Trev: Many actors have ways that they prep to get into character. For me, I try to spend at least two to four hours a day living as my character would. It becomes more of a challenge some days, depending on what I have on my schedule, but for me, that’s what really forced me to connect with who my character is.
Troy: I do lots of reading on my characters, prior to coming the first day of filming. Then, that day, I find my character and try to stay in it until the day is wrapped. Hard to do sometimes, especially when it’s time to come back to being yourself.
I: I think these things that you both mention are ways that can really help actors become the characters they are portraying by being more authentic and true to the role. So, how long have you both been writing, acting and producing?
Trev: We’ve been acting since the 3rd grade [ laughs ]. We discovered at a young age that we loved attention, and of course being twins we got plenty of it. We also discovered that we were great at impersonating our teachers, relatives, pretty much anyone who has characteristics that we found entertaining. So, our mother stuck us in the church drama club, community acting programs, and here we are.
Troy: I would have to say most of our lives, as well. I wrote my first poem in the sixth grade and won a class contest. From there it was songs, short stories, and a long period of writing and performing raps and spoken word. Later, as we became independent makers, the producing is kind of forced on to you. Since the budgets are too small to hire an experienced one.
I: It’s amazing that you both gravitated towards similar hobbies and interest. So, I have to ask. What was it like on set with double the trouble? Was there a lot of confusion? [Laughs]
Trev: [ Laughs ] Listen, they say when you can do what you love to do for a living, it’s like being on vacation every day. We have worked on some great sets with amazing cast and crew members, but working with another set of twins, especially as directors was a blast! Not only did we get some of the best direction that we’ve ever gotten in our professional careers, but we also had a lot of laughs between the 4 of us, and also watching how the crew worked with us all. I’m sure that their heads were spinning by the time filming wrapped.
Troy: Talk about my dream job? When the sisters signed on as directors of this film, I was prepared to resign from my day job. I knew that magic that two sets of twins would create on the sets, and I know that we would all develop a bond that would be forever. It was interesting that the sisters found it difficult to tell my brother and me apart in the beginning, so we secretly kept making sure that we confused them. [laughs ] I thought eventually we would pair up, one sister and one brother, to keep the confusion down.
I: That’s so funny and it’s already fascinating seeing twins and even more so with twin actors and directors. What’s next for the film? Are you going to be screening it or is it going to be in the film circuit or are you launching it online?
Trev: We have already begun to hit the festival circuit, and hope that the end result will be turning our short film into a full feature.
Troy: I’m not opposed to screening it, just for a bit of feedback. But I would agree that the end game would be to produce a feature-length film.
I: So, of course, we have to ask some fun twin questions! A little trivia, to get to learn more about you two. Ready? Ok first question: Who’s more likely to get themselves out of trouble?
Trev: In a relationship? Him! In a bar? Me! [ laughs ]
Troy: Being stopped by the police? Me! Not having enough money to pay bills? Him!
I: Who’s the early bird and who’s Johnny come lately?
Trev: Depends, we both like to be early when something is scheduled, but I like to be in bed before midnight, and he likes to stay up until 4 am. Then get back up again at 6:30 am. . . THAT’S CRAZY !!! [ laughs ].
Troy: Yes, he’s the pop of bedtime. I burn the candle nonstop. But we are both morning people. Always have been.
I: Whenever a problem arises, which one of you would be the Hurricane and which one is more likely to be the quiet storm?
Trev: Hurricane . . . Me!! Hands down!!
Troy: Diplomacy is my middle name!
I: Personality wise, who’s Eddie Murphy and who’s Samuel L. Jackson?
Trev: Samuel L, It ain’t hard to tell!
Troy: ‘Funny, and ladies love my butt’. Already, Eddie.
I: When it comes to film genres are you more comedy or more drama?
Trev: I haven’t really seen many comedies that I “loved” in the past few years, so I am absolutely more of a drama fan.
Troy: For viewing, definitely love a good comedy. But for acting. I lean more towards drama.
I: As far as clothing style, who’s more likely to grab a suit and who’s more likely to grab some sweatpants and a t-shirt?
Trev: That’s so funny, we have this debate all the time. My answer is, it depends where I’m going. Has to be a formal event, otherwise, I’m in a t-shirt and sneakers.
Troy: Presentation is everything. I wish I could wear suits every day!
I: Lastly, what’s your ideal acting role?
Trev: For me, any role that we get to feed off of each other. We have turned down jobs in the past if there was only a role for one of us. We’ve seen so many roles that we could play together if given the opportunity. Huge roles, like DC comics, The Trigger Twins, or Marvel Comics The Brothers Grimm.
Troy: I want to play a teacher in a military school, that only has 10 black students in it, and a clear racism exists. I would mentor them and teach them how to reach all the goals the school is trying to stop them from reaching.
I: That was fun! No, we see that there are differences between the two of you! Before we finish here I have one last question. Do you have any upcoming projects and how can people find more info about your work?
Trev: We are currently working on a short film entitled CALL TO SYRIA. It is inspired by another true story, of South African twins brothers who are currently imprisoned, wrongfully accused of plotting terrorist attacks. It should be a very controversial film
Troy: In January we’ll be in Calgary, Canada for a few days shooting a short supervillain film. We’ ll tell you who the characters are closer to the date. You can follow us on Instagram @troytrevorparham and facebook/troytrevorparham.
I: Thank you, Troy and Trevor, for taking the time to answer our questions. We’ll stay updated with you both. Congrats on your new film!
Trev: Thank you! I just want to add that we love working with Eli and Lu. Thanks for directing this amazing film.
Troy: Yes, thank you, ladies. Love you both!