There’s hardly anyone he doesn’t know and just as few who don’t know him. The multitalented Oliver Trevena has really made a name for himself in Hollywood.
Oliver Trevena was born in East Sussex, England, and moved to Los Angeles in 2003. He has made his name there as a TV and movie actor and presenter. Considered an excellent interviewer, he has presented the shows Young Hollywood, Ollywood, and In Studio for The Hollywood Reporter. The Englishman was also the official presenter on the red carpet at the American Music Awards 2017 and the host of the Pre-Grammy Show 2018. The movie The Rising Hawk, in which he plays one of the leading roles, will hit theaters in 2019.
Nevertheless, there were plenty of setbacks for Oliver on the way from southern England to L. A.. As a child, he fell into a coma following a bout of meningitis and then faced the laborious process of learning to walk again. Aged 17, he began touring through England as a singer in Dream Kids. Two years later, he was beaten unconscious by three thugs. Oliver had to be resuscitated, suffered severe head injuries, and underwent several operations. But the young man also overcame that unpleasant twist of fate. He decided to move on in life. “I needed distance and change. I received 20,000 pounds in damages from the state. That was my starting capital to begin life in the USA.”
And so, in his early 20s, he began his life in California. His career took off rapidly. He guest-starred as an actor on many hit TV shows and then fell into TV presenting and worked constantly for nine years. In 2018, Oliver founded the production company Future Identity Media and also made a push to get back into more acting – his true passion.
A life story worthy of Hollywood.
We asked Oliver to show us his favorite L. A. hotspots. But before that, there’s still time for an interview in Soho House, West Hollywood.
Oliver, you have had to deal with a lot in your life. Where do you find the energy?
OT: I try not to take life too seriously. Laughing helps. Always. Of course, there are dark times. But it’s about having the right focus. We have to believe in ourselves, take the positives out of our experiences, learn from them, and accept them. The most important thing for me is that I love my career so much.
You are getting back into acting. The historical movie The Rising Hawk will premiere in May 2019. How did that come about?
OT: For years, I had just been being myself on TV, playing myself while entertaining and interviewing others. I had a strong desire to get myself into a role again. On set, I forget about everyday life. I delve deep into the role, reinvent myself, feel a different me. That is magical.
Filming The Rising Hawk, with its medieval battle scenes, must have been exhausting?
OT: Very much so. It was extremely long days because of the added hours of hair, makeup, and wardrobe. And then whenever I wasn’t filming, I was practicing my sword-fighting sequences with the trainers and horseback riding. This was my first time with a sword, so I had a lot of work to do!
Has Hollywood become your home?
OT: L. A. is my home; Hollywood is my place of work. Hollywood is an endless cornucopia of possibilities. I see it as being like a big casino with lots of opportunities and just as many risks. It’s about placing the right bets and having the self-awareness to not become a puppet of the industry.
You have succeeded despite everything. How would you describe your current feeling about life?
OT: For me, it’s not a feeling; it’s an attitude. I don’t expect to be super happy at all times. Challenges are part of life. I am happy if everything has the right balance. That is my current attitude to life - everything is balanced. That’s a good thing.
You are heavily involved in social initiatives. What does the Not for Sale project mean to you?
OT: Not for Sale fights against exploitation. I get so much from the work with children and young people. There is no time for calls, e-mails, or meetings. It’s all about the here and now. I consider not thinking too much about myself to be a gift.
We look forward to your tour of L. A.!
OT: Yes! Get ready! It’s going to be a lot of fun!
For further information about Not for Sale on: notforsalecampaign.org
Film | Michael Parenteau
Art Direction | Claudia Schwarz
L.A. Hotspots - Food & Drinks
STEAMY BUN - Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Asian fusion food truck serving up the good stuff. Lover of Poms and pit bulls. A Los Angeles foodie!
MARCEL AUTHENTIC BELGIAN WAFFLES - Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Born in Belgium, eaten in Southern California. Approved by the Belgian Minister of Waffle Affairs.
WABI VENICE - 1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Asian fusion artistry is the name of the game. #sushiwithstyle
RICE BALLS OF FIRE - Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Asian fusion food with a twist of coolness.
SALT & STRAW - 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Small-batch, chef-driven ice cream made by hand with local ingredients since 2011.
MTN - 1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
A Californian take on an izakaya.
THE BRIG - 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
The quintessential Venice bar. Stop in for a few rounds.
THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER - 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Plant-based restaurant, juice bar and café.
EREWHON - 26767 Agoura Rd.
Ethically and sustainably produced foods and wellness and beauty products.
KREATION JUICE - 1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Customized and organic pressed juices and foods. For a healthier new you!
L.A. Hotspots - Shops & Galeries
Unconventional shoes and boots since 1970.
SABAH HOUSE - 1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Handmade Turkish leather shoes, sold one pair at a time.
MYSTIC JOURNEY BOOKSTORE - 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
The largest metaphysical hub in Los Angeles for healing crystals and stones, intuitive psychic readings and astrology, and spiritual and visionary books.
GREEN HOUSE SMOKE SHOP - 1428 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
The Green House smoke and vapor shop.
HAMILTON PRESS - 1317 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Specialist in the production of hand-printed lithographs.
DE SOTO GALLERY - 1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Exhibiting contemporary artists working in photography and video.
JAMES CAPRELL GALLERY - 1136 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Part process artist, part action painter. A sensory journey and visceral connection can be expected.
Special Place: NEXT HEALTH
Experience the world’s first nonnitrogenous and truly whole-body cryotherapy chamber!