TEENAGE ROCKSTAR. Young American actor Noah Urrea talks about his goals, musical insight and the next steps he’ll take into the world of global entertainment
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For some people, watching young talents blossom into stars in their own right is one of the best things about the entertainment industry. One of those stars-to-be is Noah Urrea. The American actor, singer and dancer got his first break as a performer in 2011, when he appeared in Blake Shelton’s music video “Honey Bee.” Since then, he has experienced the many facets of the entertainment industry: From his bigscreen debut in 2013 with a role in Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Christmas” to his debut EP titled “Always” which was released in March 2017.
With his first venture as part of a global group into the realm of musical production underway and his constant support for many charitable organizations, Urrea certainly has a lot on his plate these days. And, of course, more is yet to come. Noah Urrea may be young, but talent puts him ahead of the rest. DA MAN sat down for an intercontinental chat for more on his recent work and upcoming projects.
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DA MAN: Hi Noah! Glad to have you with us. How are you doing?
Noah Urrea: I’m doing great. A lot of exciting things are coming up.
DA MAN: First and foremost, you started your acting career at a very young age. What inspired you to try out acting? Have you always wanted to be an actor?
Noah Urrea: When I was 8 years old, I went to see my sister perform at our local theater in OC and I remember telling my mom, “I think I can do that.”
DA MAN: Speaking of which, you’re also set to appear in “A Wake.” Can you tell us more about this title and your role in it?
Noah Urrea: My role in this movie is both Mason and Mitchel. In short, “A Wake” is a film about two twin brothers named Mason and Mitchel. Also, it’s about a clash between parents and their children as they prepare for a spiritual wake for the funeral of Mitchel. It is a very emotional film.
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DA MAN: What do you like the most aboutplaying the character of Mason/Mitchel?
Noah Urrea: It was incredible playing twin brothers, one straight and one gay, in particular. Both roles were very different, very heavy and emotional.
DA MAN: By the way, you also appeared on Blake Shelton’s “Honeybee” music video. What was that experience like?
Noah Urrea: That was my first ever experience working on a set. Blake made it really fun and enjoyable. He is one of the kindest guys I’ve ever met.
DA MAN: Moving on to music, you’re also known as a singer. Are you working on anything right now?
Noah Urrea: I’m stoked to be a part of Simon Fuller’ s new project, Now United. We’re a global group of fourteen different teens, from fourteen different countries who are all talented at singing and dancing. We will be launching this year, so be ready! Solo-wise, I’ve been in the studio creating new songs that are turning out awesome. I’ve been heavily involved with the writing and producing.
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DA MAN: In a nutshell, how would you describe your musical style?
Noah Urrea: That’s a tough question. I am a fan of all types of music. I write a lot of songs in all different kinds of genres. Yesterday, I wrote a punk song and today I might write a ballad. I’ m all over the place.
DA MAN: Does a strong social media presence plays a big role in your career?
Noah Urrea: Definitely. Some casting directors will choose a kid who has more social media presence over a better actor with no followers. It’s a crazy business. For me, though, I think you have to have real talent to be an influence in any field.
DA MAN: Which appeals to you more: Acting or music? And why?
Noah Urrea: I love both. But, if I had to pick one, it’d be music. It’s all I do. Every day, I listen to music, play my guitars for hours and write songs. Music is my life and I’d be nothing without it.
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DA MAN: Who is your biggest role model?
Noah Urrea: Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He shreds on bass and is one of the most kind-hearted people to ever exist. The way he lives his life has always encouraged me to show love and kindness to everyone I meet. Thanks, Flea!
DA MAN: On a related note, who or what is your main source of inspiration?
Noah Urrea: I get inspired by everything in life. It’s usually the most random things too. [Laughs] A couple of weeks ago, I went out to eat with my friends and our waitress was named Kimberly Rose. I wrote her name down in my phone and I just wrote a song about her last night.
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DA: For 2018, what goals have you set upfor yourself?
Noah Urrea: I just got involved in a charity called Urban Possibilities, which I am very passionate about. Urban Possibilities changes lives through empowerment education, writing and performance. At Urban Possibilities, our mission is to inspire the homeless and working poor striving to become contributing citizens with programs that help them thrive. We are a growing community of producers, artists, entrepreneurs and everyday people driven by our passion to create new possibilities for those working hard to help themselves. In 2018, I really want to raise awareness for this program.
DA MAN: You started your career at a very young age, what is the most important lesson that you have learned?
Noah Urrea: To be professional and always trust your gut! Not everyone’s intentions in life are pure, and you don’t want to learn that the hard way. And, always be yourself no matter what. Don’t let anyone or anything change you, because you are perfect the way you are.
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