Owen Atlas was born in Las Vegas and got his start in the industry at 7 years old when he was discovered by Mike Chat, creator of extreme martial arts and a former blue power ranger. Since that time, Owen’s career has taken off with numerous roles in both film and television. He has been in such shows as Disney’s Bunk’d with Peyton List and as a stunt performer in Netflix’s I think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, but Owen is best known for his lead role in the Netflix horror comedy entitled Little Evil alongside Evangeline Lily, Adam Scott, and Sally Field. His latest film, Breathing Happy with Katelyn Nacon, will be debuting soon. Owen is an award-winning martial artist, receiving his black belt at just 9 years old. He is passionate about people and animals and lends his star power to such charities as The Wounded Warrior Project and Puppy Up. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his unique Icelandic horse named Toft and is skilled at riding Western, but also enjoys riding English style thanks to the summers he spends in England. Fluent in Hebrew, Nature Owen, as his nickname implies, loves spending time outdoors catching reptiles, snakes, bugs for his YouTube series.
HI, WELCOME TO ABOUT INSIDER. THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CHAT WITH US! CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, WHO IS OWEN ATLAS IN YOUR OWN WORDS?
I am a creative, ambitious, kind person who is also an award winning martial artist, actor, and musician. I have a passion for animals and nature. I also love entertaining people and helping people.
HOW AND WHEN EXACTLY DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD A PASSION FOR ACTING?
I realized I wanted to become an actor when I was around 4 years old and saw Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.
HOW DID “LITTLE EVIL” HAPPEN? WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE WORKING WITH CELEBRITIES LIKE EVANGELINE LILY, ADAM SCOTT, AND SALLY FIELD?
I booked “Little Evil” after only six auditions. I was seven years old and was new to acting, we started filming when I was eight years old. I am so lucky and so blessed to have been able to play Lucas/Little Evil. My experience working with veteran actors such as Sally Field, Adam Scott, and Evangeline Lilly, was very positive. I feel like I got very close with Adam Scott and sometimes he really did feel like a stepdad. When we had to do scenes which required wire work and water stunts he was always very considerate of my age and my safety and well-being. Sally Field was such a professional and actually very fun to be around, her grandkids were on set so I loved the days that we got to play and run around. Evangeline Lily was very fun and even caught lightning bugs with me.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING FILM “BREATHING HAPPY”
Breathing Happy is a mind bending drama about addiction and recovery and family dynamics. I played the lead character Dylan as a youth. This film gave me an opportunity to dive into some deep and dramatic acting and to pull from within myself.
WILL YOU GIVE US SOME INSIGHT INTO YOUR PROCESS AS AN ACTOR?
Whenever I get a new role I write a character analysis. I figure out who my character is, what they look like, what they like, who their friends are, what the Family dynamic is like, where they live and what that looks like, and every other detail that I can try to imagine. I create my characters so that they become real people to me.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
My biggest influences as actors are Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves. My mentors and acting coaches are John D’Aquino and Shane Brady. My martial arts mentor is master Mike Chat who helped me from the beginning to get my dream of becoming an actor to come true. My parents are also big influences in my life.
WHAT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US?
I play many instruments, guitar, trumpet, harmonica, even piano by ear. Also I speak Hebrew fluently.
YOU ARE ALWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH ACTS OF CHARITY AND HUMANITARIANISM; HOW DO THESE ACTS IMPACT YOUR LIFE?
I have learned to be kind and humble through acts of charity. My parents, especially my mom, taught me from an early age to give back. I am so blessed and lucky for the life that I live. I try to always remember that.
WHAT IS ONE MESSAGE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO YOUR FANS?
I would like my fans to know that they mean the world to me. It’s always been my dream to bring joy to people and to entertain people. My fans are so supportive, especially on social media. I have found that Have supported my posts and made comments from many years. They’ve stuck by me and I really appreciate them.