Fred Melamed has had a unique journey as an actor by tackling a wide field of genres and projects that span film, television, theatre, and voice-over work. After his spirited performance in A Serious Man by the Coen Bros., he has gone on to do some of the biggest work of his career! Fred has gone on to appear in hit shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fargo and more, along with hit films like Get On Up, and Hail Caesar. Fred recently appeared in the pilot episode of WandaVision, the debut TV series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that airs on Disney+!

In this in-depth discussion, Melamed dives into his approach to crafting characters, spotting great scripts, what it’s like working with distinguished auteur directors, doing some of the biggest projects yet later in his career, and exploring different mediums and genres through his craft. Melamed’s experiences working with film The Coen Bros., Woody Allen, and S. Craig Zahler, on top of growing up in a family with a rich history in show business put Melamed in the unique position of having an understanding of the way film, TV, and other arts to give audiences a look at how the entertainment industry has evolved over the years and where it is at today.

On working with auteur directors, Melamed told us, “The really good directors, especially the really good writer/directors, for example, the Coens, furnish you with a script in which the world is very fully realized.”

On screenwriting, he added, “It’s the hardest form of writing. It’s extremely hard to me because if it’s done well, it has to be so paired down. It has to be so elegantly trimmed.”

A still from WandaVision
A still from WandaVision

After graduating with a degree in Media Studies and Journalism from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, ON, Alex has been covering pop culture events since 2009. He has covered major festivals like Osheaga, North by North East, Edgefest, and Heavy T.O and interviewed members of the Foo Fighters and Carlos Santana (who featured the interview in his memoir) and more. Alex has also spoken with filmmakers like writer/director Shane Black (Iron Man 3), writer George Pelecanos (The Wire, The Deuce), feature film directors, actors, stunt coordinators and more. His passion for film lead him to write original screenplays and even made the Second Round of the Austin Film Festival in 2019. He loves movies, music, reading, writing, and festivals of all kinds while he works on his next feature film spec script.