Disney Channel Personality Asher Angel Talks With TMI About His Role On “Andi Mack”
Hey Asher, you started your acting career at a very young age, what inspired you to try acting?
I was inspired to start acting by my mom. She was an actress. Also, after seeing my first show at Desert Stages Theatre in Arizona I decided to start doing musical theatre. After the show, I asked my parents if I could audition and it has been a whirlwind since then.
What actor/actress are you influenced by?
I am inspired by so many talented actors. But currently, my greatest influences are Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Stone, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence.
You are known for your role on the Disney series “Andi Mack”. Can you explain the process of how you got this role?
It all started with the very first audition. For Andi Mack, I was originally called to audition of Cyrus. Following that audition, I was called back to audition for Jonah Beck. There were a series of call backs that followed and then testing with the executives down at Disney HQ.
Can you explain the character you portray?
I play Jonah Beck. The coolest kid at Jefferson Middle School. He is the captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team and Andi’s crush.
What do you think makes this show standout from other Disney shows?
There are so many great Disney shows on TV. I think what distinguishes our show from the others is that we have Terry Minsky, her writing team and Michelle Manning. Terry and her team bring fresh and creative content that is relevant to kids our age. Michelle makes sure everything is executed at a very high level; with so much love and so much support. Lastly, we have our cast. Best friends on and off the screen. I am so lucky to take this journey with people that I love, trust and admire.
Since getting the role, you must get recognized in public a lot more. What was that change like for you?
It has been a big change, but it is really great. It reminds me how much people are connecting to both the show and my character in the show.
What’s your favorite part about being on “Andi Mack”?
The work and the ability to continue to work and get better and more experienced in the craft that I want to pursue for the rest of my life.
What’s your favorite part about being on set?
My friends, Peyton, Sofia and Josh. Also, watching the whole team come together, both in front of and behind the camera, to bring the magic of Andi Mack to life.
How do you and the other cast members get along? Do you guys have any rituals before filming?
We are family and have so much love and support for each other. Pre-filming rituals would be singing, listening to music and the occasional arm wrestling competition.
What’s an average week like on set?
Werk werk werk werk werk.
Did you want to be an actor when you were little, or did that develop later on?
Since the time that I was 5. I did my first movie Jolene and then performed in over 30 musical theatres show in Arizona.
Have you ever been starstruck by anyone you’ve met so far?
I met Matt Damon at the premiere for Beauty and the Beast. He was so approachable and nice.
Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
I am working hard on my music and am hopeful to continue on that path.
What are your friends and parents thoughts on your career in acting?
They are incredibly supportive and have been since I started. They came to every show and continue to offer so much encouragement and support.
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?
I just want to continue to work and pursue my acting and singing dreams. Just as important I hope to continue work with my charities and have a positive impact on other kids.
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your career as an actor?
It has to be Andi Mack!
Overall, how has this whole acting areer experience been for you so far?
Amazing. Every day I feel so blessed and thankful for the sacrifices that my family makes to support my dreams.
Do you have any advice for anyone trying to make it as an actor?
Be patient, work hard and be prepared. Also, start now! Find a local community theatre and audition.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
Instagram, Musicial.ly, Twitter and YouTube @asherdovangel.
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
Genuine and empowering. I want us all to be inspired by each other.
Does your fan base have a name?
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
None. I feel lucky to say that all the fan encounters have been supportive and encouraging.
Do you plan to branch out into singing as well?
Absolutely. I am actively working on that now!
Whats your favorite song at the moment?
Attention by Charlie Puth.
Do you have any other talents other than acting?
Other than signing and guitar, my dad says I play a pretty mean game of basketball.
What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
Funny, unique, leader, supportive and responsible.
If your life was a movie, what would be the title?
Dream Big, Work Hard and Be Kind.
Who would you want to play you?
Ryan Gosling or Zac Efron
Do you have any last things you want to tell your fans?
Thank you for caring. Thank you for your support. I hope you are excited for Season 2 of Andi Mack and I hope you are exciting for some new music!
Photo Credit: Bobby Quillard