‘High Fidelity’: David Holmes Called the Making of His Standalone Episode ‘Comforting’

In February 2020, the romantic comedy, High Fidelity, began premiering on Hulu. The series is based on Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel of the same name. One of the main characters on High Fidelity is Simon, played by David Holmes.

During the series, Holmes was given the opportunity to film a standalone episode. It was an experience that Holmes later referred to as “comforting.” Read on to learn more about his career and the experience he had in High Fidelity.

The acting career of David Holmes

Actor David H. Holmes
Actor David H. Holmes | Jim Spellman/WireImage

According to IMDbDavid H. Holmes is an experienced actor and producer. His professional acting career sounded off in 2007. After landing a number of roles where he served as an extra or guest, Holmes finally landed a role as a series regular after 13 years in the business. This opportunity came through the Hulu original series High Fidelity

The Hulu original series follows the main character, Robyn “Rob” Brooks, a bisexual woman of color. Played by Zoë Kravitz, Brooks is a music fanatic who owns a record store called Championship Vinyl and is obsessed with pop culture. Holmes plays Simon, an employee at Championship Vinyl and one of Rob’s closest friends. While most of the High Fidelity episodes are told through Rob’s perspective, one episode on the first season is instead told through Simon’s perspective. This episode was a big moment for David H. Holmes. 

Holmes enjoyed filming his standalone episode for ‘High Fidelity’ 

According to Vulture, the decision to create a standalone episode for Simon was made in order to incorporate other perspectives into the narrative, something the 2000 film of the same name did not do. Simon’s standalone episode is titled “Ballad of the Lonesome Loser.” Throughout the episode, Simon takes over the show’s monologue to reveal his top-five heartbreaks. With the main character Rob being a bisexual woman and Simon being a gay man, the storylines from both provide great representation for the LGBTQ community, as well as varied perspectives from individuals within the community. 

In an interview with Vulture, David H. Holmes revealed that he found great comfort in filming his character’s standalone episode. For Holmes, it was a great opportunity to develop his character. The episode pushed him out of his comfort zone as an actor, but in the process, it also brought him a new sense of comfort. As the protagonist in the episode, Holmes had to get used to looking dead center down the camera. Holmes had this to say about the experience, “If the camera is further back, you lose the intimacy. But once the camera was right there in your face, it was oddly comforting.”

‘High Fidelity’ was canceled after just one season 

Sadly, it was announced in August 2020 that the Huluoriginal High Fidelity would be canceled after just one season. While the series was short, it attracted a loyal fan base. With having a bisexual woman of color as the lead character in actress Zoë Kravitz, the show was groundbreaking in multiple ways. Even with only one season under their belt, fans got to see great personal growth in the main characters. 

In regard to Simon, High Fidelity fans learn that, unlike Rob, his top five heartbreaks of all-time come from the same ex. The ex that continually found ways to break Simon’s heart was the lawyer Ben Young, played by Christian Coulson. Their relationship illustrates true heartbreak and the desire to continue with a relationship even when you know nothing good will come of it. While the show has officially come to an end, fans can find comfort in the fact that Simon is finally coming to terms with who he is and what he needs out of a relationship. 

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