Chad Michael Collins stars in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (opens in new tab) reboot as Alex, aka CIA Special Activities Division operative Echo 3-1. He's not just a voice actor, though—he's also an avid gamer. And he's recently taken to indulging his passion for videogames, and surprising fans of the series, by playing as his character in Call of Duty: Warzone (opens in new tab).
Like many avid gamers, Collins streams his sessions on Twitch, and he clearly enjoys interacting with his fans. "A lot of the feedback I kept hearing was, 'This is so cool, I’ve been playing games for 15 years and I’ve never known a video game actor to engage with fans'," he said in the latest episode of Totally Game (opens in new tab), a video series created by our publisher, Future.
"It's been a wide range of emotions, some people start crying, some people start laughing, some start screaming hysterically. Some are like, 'Can I record this? My friends are never going to believe me'."
Collins said he became a more active Warzone player as a way of passing time during the COVID-19 outbreak, which led him to discover a "real passion" for the game. It wasn't long after that he struck upon the idea of using the game to interact with fans. He now streams multiple times every week, attracting players from around the world hoping for a chance to fight alongside the "real" Alex.
"Actors don't get to do what they love to do without people watching their stuff or buying their movie or buying the videogame they're starring in, so I've always tried to do my best to take the time to acknowledge that," Collins said.
"I love that I get to do that in a more interactive way through streaming. The gaming has been such a fun part because it’s a natural extension of me and who I am, I've always gamed. I plan on doing this more in bigger and better ways for the foreseeable future."