Join us as we dive into the world of Asher Angel of “Shazam!” fame. Relive his journey to fame and see what’s in store for the American actor as he faces the future…
Asher Angel’s meteoric rise in showbiz promises to be just the beginning of a long and successful career. Backed by an abundance of talent, charisma and dedication, Angel has made a name for himself as an actor and a singer. His most significant role as Billy Batson in DC’s “Shazam!” has earned him critical acclaim and a growing fan base. And now, the American actor has just reprised his role as the quirky superhero in “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.” After returning to the silver screen, DA MAN sat down with the young actor to discuss his upcoming blockbuster role and his journey as a performer.
DAMAN: Let’s start from the beginning: Where did you grow up, and how did your hometown shape your path?
Asher Angel: I was born and raised in Arizona. I started doing local community theater, where I found my love and passion for the arts. Over a long period of working my way up to professional theater, I finally convinced my parents to take me out to Los Angeles for the pilot season—and that’s how I got into the industry. Being in Arizona and participating in the local theatre community gave me confidence and also a sense of community.
DA: Was there a pivotal moment when you realized that you wanted to become an actor?
AA: My mom was an actress and I always found it very interesting, but seeing my first show at my local theater solidified my interest. After a few shows, I knew this was what I was my destiny.
DA: “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” has recently hit theaters worldwide. What can we expect from this sequel and what sets it apart from the first “Shazam!” flick?
AA: I think fans can anticipate a fun film filled with emotional undertones and action-packed sequences. The foster family is back in full force and the Shazamily is once again tasked with defending the planet. David [director David F. Sandberg] created such a unique and nuanced film that is elevated in so many ways from our first film. There’s character development, action and higher stakes throughout. Billy struggles with his fears of abandonment and balancing keeping his family together and not holding on too tight. There is a lot of humanity to Billy’s character, his self-discovery and his self-reflection.
DA: Did you encounter any new challenges in reprising this role as Billy? Especially since it’s been almost four years since the first movie.
AA: I think the challenge with playing Billy this time was deep diving into his emotionality and how much he’s changed since the last film. Although he has matured and blossomed, he still struggles with abandonment and security issues. I needed to bring that to the forefront of Billy’s character in this film.
DA: And what is your absolute favorite moment from being on the set of “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”?
AA: My favorite part of being on set is being with the cast and filming a film we all believe in. We are all close and have a special bond, and it feels like one big happy family. We have the most amazing time together—especially at Zach’s [co-star Zachary Levi who plays Shazam] pool parties.
“Whether it’s your real or chosen family, surrounding yourself with people you trust and admire helps shape the choices you make.”
DA: Speaking of which, Zachary Levi has talked about the bond he formed with the young “Shazam!” cast members. Can you tell us what it was like working with him and how it helped create the important family dynamic in the film?
AA: Zach is a wonderful human being. He is so genuine, has so much humility, has grown into a mentor for me and has given me great advice. I know I can always count on Zach to be there for me and he knows he can always count on me as well. He sets the tone on set and it is one of inclusion and support for members of the cast.
DA: How much of Billy Batson’s character and qualities can you see in yourself?
AA: One of the things that I can relate to with Billy is the importance of family and how powerful that is in overcoming adversity and obstacles in life. Whether it’s your real or chosen family, surrounding yourself with people you trust and admire helps shape your choices.
DA: Do you have any favorite DC characters or storylines you’d like to see adapted on screen anytime soon?
AA: I love many DC characters, including Batman, Superman, Shazam, Wonder Woman and many more. I’m a big fan of the universe and consider myself lucky to be able to participate in it.
“I love music and acting. They provide me with different avenues of self-expression”
DA: You have a huge following on social media. What role does social media play for actors such as yourself? And what’s the best way to utilize these platforms?
AA: I don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all approach to social media. I think each user has their own experience. I use it as a platform to connect and hopefully inspire and support people. The world needs kindness, and I hope to bring what kindness I can.
DA: We learned you’ll work opposite Peter Facinelli in “On Fire.” What was it like collaborating with him?
AA: “On Fire” was a tough shoot, with many long and cold nights. Working with Peter was great; he was supportive and invested in his characters and scene partners. I learned a bit about post-production since Peter was heavily involved in the editing.
DA: If we can switch from acting to music, you’ve also released several singles. How do you balance your music with your acting career, and do you plan to release a full-length album?
AA: I don’t think of it as a balancing act. Yes, I have to balance my schedule, but I consider myself lucky to have that problem. I love music and acting. They provide me with different avenues of self-expression. I always write and try to be in the studio, recording as much as possible.I look forward to releasing music in the future.
DA: Last but not least, what’s a minor decision you made that had the most significant impact on your life?
AA: Deciding to say yes and opening up myself to rejection, failure, and loss. All these things paralyze people into saying no or failing to act. I’ve decided to say yes, which has had the most significant impact on my life. It doesn’t always go my way, but when it does, it’s memorable.
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