DA MAN: Are you involved in other charity projects?
Johann Urb: I sometimes also volunteer with Dinner’s on Maxx and have a few other plans in the works.
“I have learned that volunteering does not only feel good, but it’s also super fun and builds community”
DA MAN: You came from a family of artists. What was growing up around them like?
Johann Urb: Growing up, I wanted nothing to do with art. It was pushed on me as a kid, and I did not—and still do not—respond well to that. [Laughs] I guess I had to find it on my own time, but it’s definitely in my blood for many generations. I started writing poetry when I was around 13, picked up a guitar when I was 17 and started experimenting with acting at the age of 20. It’s been and continues to be a spiritual journey of awakening, deepening and expanding for me. How to be more vulnerable, authentic and sensitive. It is a very humbling and rewarding path!
DA MAN: Is there anybody in particular who inspires you throughout your acting career?
Johann Urb: My uncle, Toomas Urb, is an amazing actor, and I remember seeing him in the theatre as a kid and being completely blown away by him. My dad and uncle also inspired me to play music, sing, write and express myself deeply. I also have many very talented friends who continually inspire and challenge me through their skill and performance. I am very lucky indeed.
Leather jacket by Beautiful Fül
DA MAN: Growing up, you also moved a lot. How did this experience shape you?
Johann Urb: Moving around as a kid was hard and beautiful at the same time. Not only from city to city, but from country to country. There was a lot of uncertainty, a lot of fear, as well as many incredible connections and experiences where people got to be their best. It taught me compassion, survival, patience and ultimately that everyone just wants to be loved and acknowledged. We are one big tribe; we have just forgotten about it.
DA MAN: We love that your Instagram feed seems to radiate happiness and positivity!
Johann Urb: My Instagram is a small, yet a pretty true reflection of my life. I am beyond grateful for this amazing, ever unfolding moment we all are experiencing together.
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