20 Questions with Asher Angel
Awaken your senses with us this issue with Asher Angel — all set to play in Shazam!, we chat all about his music and what it's like being a superhero. Seeing him on the big screen wasn’t enough for us, we wanted MORE - full interview in Dear Boy 05 SENSES.
Hello Asher, how have you been and what are you up to these days?
I’ve been great. Really great. These days I’ve been busy promoting Shazam! and writing new music. I am so excited for the world to see this film and the story it tells. It is different from other superhero movies that have come before it and I believe the fans will really connect with it.
Being in an adaptation of DC comics movie, must’ve been exciting for you I imagine?
Hard to put into words how exciting it is. From the very first audition I knew this was a role and an opportunity that I really wanted to be part of. From start to finish, the collection of talented people working on this film is going to make it something very special. I can’t wait to see it.
What was your first reaction when you heard you got the part?
My family actually found out before me. When they shared the news we were beyond elated. I just remember jumping up and down at the airport, celebrating, while everybody was looking at us like we were crazy.
What was your preparation like before stepping on Shazam! set?
The truth is that I didn’t have a lot time for “preparation.” I had wrapped on Andi Mack in Utah, jumped on a plane to Toronto and the next day I was on the set of Shazam!
Insane! Tell us a little bit about your role in the movie.
I play Billy Batson. Billy is a wise-cracking, streetwise teenager who is set on being a loner but is quick to come to the aid of a new friend. As “adult” Shazam, Billy learns not only how to be a superhero, but how to rely on the help of another.
What do you relate most with Billy Batson?
His willingness to help others. Billy does it despite contending with the sad realities of his own life. I think that is why he is ultimately chosen by the Wizard. Although subconscious, his perspective is not defined by his disappointment.
The film obviously has humour injected in to it, was there any funny stories on set behind-the-scenes that you could share with us?
We spent a lot of time together and became the Shazamily. We went to a Blue Jays game together, visited a Maple Farm factory and even participated in an axe throwing event. That was fun — pretty sure I won. [laughs]
Who is your favourite superhero?
Superman. I guess I favour the classic superhero. Who doesn’t want to be a super-hero? Once you get passed the superpowers, it’s the ability to have a positive impact on people’s lives that really resonates with me. The ability to help people who can’t help themselves in the face of overwhelming obstacles. That’s what Superman and Batman and Shazam do.
Being the oldest of your siblings, do you ever feel like you have to be the big brother to them and play the superhero part to them?
All the time. But they are also my superheroes. This whole adventure has been a family affair and their love and support along the way has been selfless and loving. I couldn’t have done it without them.
Any advice you remind yourself constantly?
I don’t know about advice but I try and live by my motto: Be Kind, Be Courageous, Be You
As this issue’s theme are the 5 senses. Out of the 5 senses, which one would you say you’re most in tune with?
I feel like I am most in touch with hearing followed by sight. Those senses align with my passion to perform and create.
You spend most of your time on sets, how’s the food there?
Great. Always a big selection and lots to choose from. The funny thing is that I don’t always eat before I work. But when I do I’ll get eggs and potatoes for breakfast and I’ll generally go for a spaghetti bolognese for lunch. A mix of carbs and protein.
Have you got a secret talent or a party trick?
Not so much. But, I am learning how to levitate so... Well one thing people don’t know about me is that I like date movies. [laughs] Movies like The Holiday, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Kissing Booth and The Break-Up all come to mind.
We’re loving your recent single Chemistry. Can you tell us what the song is about and share what it was like making the video?
Well, it’s not about science! Just kidding. It’s about connection and how it makes you feel. You know, those butterflies in the stomach feeling. The video shoot was great it was filled with a bunch of my friends and we spent one Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles filming it. As for concept, Nayip (the director) and I discussed ideas and we both thought it would be really cool to adopt this 60’s feel.
Speaking of music, can we expect more music from you?
Absolutely. Working on some really exciting things right now. I can’t wait to release new music. I have been in the studio for some time writing and recording and have a new single scheduled to come out sooner than later. Originally, we were thinking early February but I think we are going to push that date back just a bit.
If you were to choose someone to feature for a new song, who would it be?
Wow — that’s a hard one. If I had to pick just one it would be Ariana Grande. Her voice inspires me. I really like her new songs and clearly I’m not the only one. I think I connect with her as an artist for the same reasons other do — she shares her perspective and vulnerability with us. She is bold and unafraid. She’s just.... great.
Alright, let’s play some quick fires - you ready? Favourite Colour?
High fives or fist bumps?
One word you would describe yourself?
If you only had $5 left, what would you buy?
Bag of Taki’s
One bad habit you would like to change?
Sleeping in too late!
If you could have an ability, what would that be?
We love that! Lastly, what can we expect from Asher this year?
Work, work and hopefully more work.