He co-stars in Algonquin with Nicholas Campbell—who Rendall calls, “a legend.”—in a story about estranged fathers, new found brothers and a young man who discovers what makes family truly important.
Rendall, who has been acting in films like Childstar and TV shows such as Hannibal since the age of ten, calls the new movie “the first dramatic lead I have done at a more mature point in my life.”
More mature physically, but also in life experience.
“I took two years off from acting to go to school and find out what I really wanted,” says the twenty-five year old. “I wanted to explore other things because I had been acting for so long. Algonquin is the first performance I did coming back onto it.
“I did so much in those two years that had I continued acting I wouldn’t have experienced. I feel a good actor is someone who has lived and isn’t pretending to emote or show an experience on screen, but is actually feeling it. Someone who has been there. I needed those experiences and time away to grow in ways that I feel acting would have sheltered me from.”
He continued leading a creative life, just one away from the camera.
“When I wasn’t acting I was taking instrument building classes. That is a real passion of mine. I really respect Daniel Day Lewis for learning how to become a cobbler. I think that is beautiful because one thing you miss when acting is working with your hands or doing really organic artistic endeavors that you’re in control of.
“In the end with instrument making I’m the one editing, directing, buying the material and producing the end result. It’s an individual and personal process, more so than acting, I think. Acting is not a one man operation. It’s a team, it’s like being part of a family for a while with lots of people working to make something. There is always a director and a writer and you’re always kind of portraying someone else’s dream, but to actually be in control of your own dream is amazing.”