SEAHORSES​      A FILM BY JASON KARTALIAN


THE CAST



Ian Hutton  ROLE OF MARTIN Ian Hutton grew up in Shawnee, Oklahoma where his mom decided to put him into dance at the young age of 5. He was trained in tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical dance at the Shawnee Academy of Ballet. His stage debut was when he was 12 years old in the musical Peter Pan as a Lost Boy at Oklahoma City’s Lyric Theatre.  He then went on to major in Theatre Performance at St. Gregory’s University in his hometown where he did many more plays and musicals. Ian met his now wife while he was playing Caleb in 7 Brides for 7 Brothers.   While in NY Ian performed in the comedy Happy Hour and he went to Atlantic City and Reno to play Oscar in 42nd Street.   Ian has transitioned from the stage to film. While in NY he landed his first lead in a feature film As I Stand.  He can also been seen as the lead in the soon to be released feature Auteur.  Next year Ian will be going to England to film the zombie-comedy Dave of the Dead.  Ian and his wife Evie welcomed their first child, Caleb Isaac, who was born just 3 days after filming wrapped for Seahorses.     


Orson Chaplin  ROLE OF TRAVIS Orson Chaplin brings his crazy energy to Seahorses.  He plays the thuggish Travis with a frightening authenticity.  He can be seen in the features 5th Street, Edward Lee’s The Bighead and A Certain Justice.   Orson has had TV roles in CSI:NY and the HBO series True Blood.  A wild fact is that Orson is actually the grandson ofCharlie Chaplin, but he doesn’t admit to many it cause it might ruin his street credibility.   


Daniel Messier  ROLE OF JAKE Daniel was born in Switzerland before moving to South America and then returning to Switzerland as a teen-ager.His athletic skills allowed him to attend University in the United States on a tennis scholarship where he earned a B.A in Criminal Justice and later a Master's in Elementary Education. Upon completing his studies, Daniel worked as a model in Europe, South America, Asia and Miami and started his acting career working in independent films in South Florida.  With his acting career starting to take off, Daniel packed his bags and drove cross-country to pursue his acting career in Los Angeles in 2007.  He was cast as a series regular in the HBO production Life on Top. Daniel's fluency in French has landed him a series recurring role in the 2010 French speaking series pilot West Hollywood, La Serie. We were thrilled to find Daniel during a very interesting casting session for French speaking actors here in Los Angeles.


Justine Wachsberger  ROLE OF LAUREN Born in Los Angeles, Justine was raised in a world surrounded by culture and travel. As an infant, her family moved to Paris, France and she was raised between Los Angeles and Paris well into her teen years. She attended high school in Paris, however she came back to Los Angeles her senior year and attended The Lycee Francais of Los Angeles, where she graduated. Justine went on to further her education, attending the University of Southern California, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Theatre.  Justine has brought her talents to both independent films and big budget studio films.  She landed her first role in the Twentieth Century Fox Film, First Daughter, appearing alongside Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker. Justine’s credits also include the horror/thriller film Sorority Row, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Beautiful Creatures, Now You See Me and the feature Divergent.  The experience of filming Seahorses was quite a departure from her work on the big budget features with its breakneck production schedule and constant striving for discovery.