Interview With Xavier De Guzman | Being Self-Aware
Even though we all see the world from our own perspective, making us unique, we all have in common the desire to be happy. The conscious knowledge of how we feel, understanding our core intentions behind each action, and deliberately choosing what we want in life, brings self-awareness.
A former professional boxer and now an actor Xavier De Guzman who can be seen on ABC’s new summer crime-drama series “Take Two,” starring as Roberto ‘Berto’ Vasquez says,
“(…) If you truly know who you are, you understand what it is you need; you understand what work you need to put in to accomplish what it is you are setting out to do; your goals no longer become out of reach but then realistic (as out there it may be). It takes a lot of self-analysis before one can confidently say “I can do anything” and actually do it. (…)”
- Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Xavier de Guzman?
You can call me Xavi. I am an actor and philanthropist.
- You are a former professional Thai boxer. How was your transition from boxing to an acting career?
The transition was pretty smooth when I realized and came to terms with the fact that I couldn’t be both. I had a hard time realizing that I’d have to give up fighting for acting. But when I realized it was a possibility and I put my all into acting, the ball got rolling.
- You are originally from Toronto, Canada. Hollywood is the world’s biggest entertainment industry. How does it feel to be part of the dream destination for any professional actor?
It feels amazing to be a part of this Hollywood culture for sure, but for me, I don’t feel this is my dream destination as an actor. I don’t see my “destination” as a place, more than a mental state of peace of mind because now that I’ve made it here to Hollywood, all I can think is, now I got to work harder to keep it going.
- Due to social media and a vast exposure through diverse online streaming channels, there is an increasing number of actors that also become writers and producers in order to get their work known. Do you think there is a shift in a mindset of more opportunities for new talents in the entertainment industry? If so, please elaborate.
There will always be opportunities for new talent. Everyone will have a story to tell, and as long as they’re brave enough to tell it, there will always be someone willing to listen. And with that new talent means a new perspective, even if it’s a new look on an old favorite, that difference will give it that uniqueness that will attract an audience.
- Most of the actors in the industry have to audition for every role they want. How does every audition regardless of its outcome is adding to your experience as an actor?
I strongly believe the audition room is where the work is done. It’s an opportunity to play, which is a necessary activity an actor needs to do to stretch his or her imagination. In the audition room, it’s up to you as the actor to make choices and bring a piece of work to life to the best of your ability. It takes a different level of commitment to your choices when you don’t have a director or writer to give you any tips.
- ABC’s new summer crime-drama series “Take Two,” where you star as Roberto ‘Berto’ Vasquez has premiered on June 21. What about the show will make the audience to love it?
It’s just a fun show all around. It’s a light crime procedural that sprinkles in a little comedy over the drama and action. The show is also laced with quick paced dialogue that keeps you hooked from start to finish.
- Have you encountered any challenges bringing your character Berto to live? If so, what have you learned from it?
The most challenging part about Berto is how technologically smart he is. So being able to make the dialogue flow seamlessly takes a lot of prep to make the words make sense.
- How would you describe the relationship in the series between Berto and Valetik, the Los Angeles private investigator played by Eddie Cibrian?
The relationship between Berto and Eddie dances the fine line of professionalism and family. Berto sees Eddie like a father / older brother. Eddie took Berto out of a dark past and Berto holds that close to his heart but when they are on a case, all jokes aside, the work to seek justice comes first.
- You can be seen in IFC Midnight’s horror-thriller “Our House” which will premiere in theatres and on demand on July 27, 2018. Could you elaborate on your character and how was your experience during the filming of the movie?
I played a classmate to Thomas Mann’s and Nicola Peltz’s characters, Ethan and Hannah. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to be in any scenes with the ghosts but the experience was pretty cool because of the location I got to shoot at in Toronto We got to film at one of the University of Toronto’s campuses, and it was just neat that we got to transform an iconic institution to fit a storyline. Sure, it was a school being used as a school, but finding a location that fits the storyline and energy of the plot helped add that mysteriousness the movie exudes.
- What is the progression you expect in your acting career?
I’m just grateful for whatever is to come next. I’m confident with my manager’s help to guide me to take the best next steps.
- In your opinion, what makes an actor truly great?
This is a loaded question in so many ways. There is no one definition in my opinion. It could be how they master one performance; the arc of characters that they play; their ability to get along with everyone they work with; what they do with the money they earn and how they give back to the community. The common denominator I guess would be that acting would have to come before everything.
- The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is “The Essence of a Joyful Living.” How does Joy during the process of creation affect your own experience, and consequently the final manifestation of your actions?
As an actor, I don’t think there will always be joy during the creative process. There’s a range of emotions that get explored to create something, joy possibly being one, but joy definitely almost always is the byproduct of the completion of a project. It’s that little self-fulfillment that we need as artists use as fuel that keeps us going onto the next project and to keep going.
- When you hear “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words by Abraham Hicks. What is your take on such a statement?
I’d add onto this statement “… upon self-awareness.” If you truly know who you are, you understand what it is you need; you understand what work you need to put in to accomplish what it is you are setting out to do; your goals no longer become out of reach but then realistic (as out there it may be). It takes a lot of self-analysis before one can confidently say “I can do anything” and actually do it. With respect to that, as encouraging as it may seem to tell someone “you can be anything,” could also be detrimental to their quest, I think anyone who says that to someone (without fully knowing that person) should also take the responsibility to tell them, “there are alternatives.” If a kid growing up says he wants to play in the NBA, but his athletic ability doesn’t end up measuring up to the professional players’, he can still be in the NBA, just not as a player. He can strive in other departments to still be a part of that NBA experience to help others play. If that makes sense.