Hollywood family can’t stay away from show biz
Vail, CO, Colorado
Kyle and Jackie Resch can’t seem to escape Hollywood.
Though both are well removed from careers in showbiz ” husband Jackie was a stuntman for a good chunk of the 1980s, and wife Kyle acted and then toiled in the production side of the business for nearly 20 years ” their children are pulling them back into it.
Now, the Resches are housing a pair of young actors ” in the form of their two young sons ” under their Basalt roof.
Kenny, 12, and Cole, 7, are following in their parents’ footsteps, and each will be seen on the silver screen in the not-so-distant future.
Kenny will make his film debut in the forthcoming release “Have Dreams, Will Travel” ” now in post-production ” and will travel to New Mexico in August to shoot three scenes for “Love N’ Dancing,” a film starring Amy Smart.
Cole is set to appear in an opening scene of “The Burrowers,” a Western thriller that will likely pick up an R rating, technically rendering it unwatchable to the youngster for another 10 years.
The Resches left the film industry and moved to Basalt from Los Angeles six years ago seeking a calmer pace of life and healthier scholastic atmosphere for their boys.
“After child No. 2 was born, it was sad to be working away from the kids,” Kyle said.
“We weren’t happy with the school system in L.A. It was crazy. Kids are always the barometer, so as soon as they showed signs of discontent, we made the change.”
But even away from Hollywood, it didn’t take long for the acting bug to hit Kenny.
“Kenny slowly started to ask us about acting,” Kyle said. “We didn’t want to push him. I really wanted him to really want to do it. So we’d go back to L.A. off and on, we took pictures, and it took off from there.”
Kenny pretty much grew up in the day-care center on the Paramount Studios lot, where his mother worked. That early exposure to the industry left quite the mark.
“I guess just hanging around the lot, being there and seeing the people that worked with my mom got me into it,” Kenny said. “I used to ride around on the golf cart. I saw the ‘Star Trek’ monsters, and it freaked me out. They got my mom, and she showed me them putting on the makeup.”
The behind-the-scenes glimpse not only eased the youngster’s nerves but piqued his intrigue in acting.
“At the day care, they take the toddlers on walks around the lot,” Kyle said. “I got a call, and they said, ‘Your son is so scared.’ So I showed him them putting on the makeup. I don’t know how he computed it, but he wasn’t scared after that.”
And from there, the roots of an acting career sprouted.
Of the Resch kids, Kenny’s acting career is the furthest along, and he’s forcefully pursuing it.
Cole, on the other hand, seems relatively indifferent to the whole acting thing at his young age, just taking what comes his way.
Kenny, though, began his full-out acting quest some three years ago. He had his headshots taken at 9 as his family juggled the prospect of his acting career before jumping into the world of managers, agents and auditions.
The family made frequent trips to Los Angeles, and their former industry peers were never shy about pointing out Kenny’s talent and potential.
“We didn’t plan it. It just sort of happened,” Kyle said. “He wanted to try it.”
Kenny has auditioned for roles in all areas of the business ” film, television, commercial and print.
Before landing the recent parts, he’d experienced his share of heartbreak in the form of near misses.
Kenny’s first film audition, for “The Last Mimzy,” didn’t yield a job. He had several callbacks for the Cartoon Network TV movie “Ben 10,” a live-action film version of the network’s animated series. He also nearly landed a role in a KFC commercial.
Traveling to auditions, waiting on casting decisions and rejection ” it’s going to happen no matter how talented you are ” aren’t easy on a child.
“There’s lots of traveling, lots of waiting,” Kenny said. “If you can’t be patient, you can’t do this.”
Acting is not for the thin-skinned, Kyle said.
“It’s hard on a child,” she said. “It’s always on the back of their mind. You wonder what’s happening. With our background, we’re able to assist him in not taking it personal.”
So often casting is less about talent and more about the look.
“It’s about height, weight, you have to look like the rest of the family they’re casting,” Kyle explained. “He’s got the support of us, and we have a good understanding of the business.”
With both the “Ben 10” and KFC gigs, Kenny missed out because of appearance. Casting crews went with a different look in tabbing a “Ben 10” actor, and KFC went with a dark-haired family. Kenny’s light brown locks didn’t fit the mold.
That’s just the way it goes sometimes, said Kenny, who seems to grasp that acting is clearly a business.
“They decided to go with the brunette family,” the 12-year-old said of his KFC audition. “And when they came out, the kid who got the part said he didn’t like the chicken wing. He said it was horrible.”
Added his dad: “The guy who didn’t even like the chicken got the part.”
But, as Kenny’s mother pointed out, those rejections bred future success.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Kyle stressed.
Kenny jokes that he got his athletic ability from his dad and his interest in acting from his mom.
Jackie played football at Texas Christian University from 1977-79 before cultivating a career as a stuntman, a fairly common career destination for ex-athletes.
After suiting up as a defensive back against the likes of Earl Campbell and Matt Suhey, who later went on to be Walter Payton’s lead blocker as a fullback for the Chicago Bears, Jackie entered the stunt world.
His resume lists some big-name films, such as “RoboCop” and “Silverado.” But his career came to a thunderous halt in 1987 when he broke his neck while making a football tackle for the movie “Johnny Be Good.”
“I played football my whole life, and a football movie stunt ended it all in one swoop,” Jackie said.
Kyle’s dance with Hollywood was less tumultuous. She started out as an actress, doing theater, television and commercials before hopping over to the production side of the business.
“I was young, and I had to support myself,” she said. “I always liked writing, so I made my way into the business on the other side of it.”
She stayed in production for almost 20 years before motherhood took center stage.
“I was working 12- to 14-hour days, which is why I decided I wanted to be a mom instead,” she said. “I missed my boys.”
Strangely enough, Jackie and Kyle didn’t even meet through the business. Rather, the two ” who’ve been married for 12 years ” met at a rodeo in Los Angeles.
“It’s a good thing I didn’t know him while he was doing stunts,” Kyle joked. “That’s harrowing.”
Kenny will head to Albuquerque, N.M., for a few weeks in August to shoot scenes for “Love N’Dancing,” a film about swing dancing. He’ll play a student infatuated with his teacher, played by Amy Smart.
His other film, “Have Dreams, Will Travel,” should be out some time this year or next.
Kenny knows the future could carry him in a number of different directions, and he’s fine with that.
“I just want to see where it goes,” he said.
If a big television role came his way, the family would be open to relocation. For the most part, film roles are all on location and require only a set amount of time away.
But the Resches will cross the bridge if and when it comes. For now, Kenny is just having fun acting and being a regular kid.
The soon-to-be seventh-grader at Basalt Middle School plays Little League baseball and bass guitar and is a black-belt-level martial artist in Soo Bahk Do.
“He’s always had his hand in a little of everything,” his mom joked.
But acting has always nestled itself high among the boy’s litany of interests.
“We always used to watch him watch TV,” Kyle recalled. “We’d see him mimic the things that would catch his eye.”