Interview with NICHOLAS COOMBE | Performing LIMITLESS JOY
Our creative expression is a reflection of our truest, inner-self and emotions. Everything we experience in life is the evidence of how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. When we are at peace and content with our lives, that energy is imbued in everything we create. Simply by existing in a state of appreciation, we empower ourselves to put that feeling out into the world through our life expression which in turn imparts our joy on others.
Actor and musician Nicholas Coombe creates from a place of unbridled energy of love, passion, and confidence. He says, “I find the creative process such an adventure. Performing brings me so much joy. The rush I get when I am in an intense scene or improvising in comedy is something I crave every day.”
In this inspiring interview with Nicholas, you will discover how his love for performance and his positive perspective are an essential part of the stories he tells through acting and music…
- Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Nicholas Coombe?
Nicholas Coombe is a young up and coming actor and musician from Perth, Western Australia. After growing up in a small city he moved to Vancouver, Canada to pursue his career as an actor. Shortly after landing in Vancouver Nicholas booked his first role and since then has been passionately pursuing his goal to tell different stories through diverse characters and projects. As well as acting he is also a singer/songwriter who plays guitar and leads with vocals in his band The Beanie Kids (with Avery O’Brien –Bass/Vocals and Jamison Ko – Drums) which are due to release their first single in August 2019.
- Since the age of seven, you consciously showed interest in acting. How do you maintain consistency in the desires you have related to your acting career aligned with self-belief?
I have always loved performing. Whether it was acting, dancing or singing, I craved the nervous energy and excitement that performing would give me. The feeling of creating a new character or story to tell really gives me a buzz. I’ve had this passion to pursue the arts ever since I can remember. There was one day I remember consciously making the decision to pursue acting and ever since then I’ve felt like I’ve been on the right path. Self-belief is really important to me. In whatever career people choose. Everyone is so unique and everyone has an incredible story to tell and new ideas to bring to the table. As an actor, there are countless ways a scene could play out. That’s so exciting. When I realized that, it changed my whole mindset in regards to acting. I began to really believe in myself and commit to my choices as an actor. Through doing this I noticed that my confidence rose and my ability to learn from others increased. I was no longer worried about embarrassing myself or making a bold choice in a scene. Sometimes it paid off and other times it didn’t. But experimenting with all the options is something I love. Once I became comfortable in myself it allowed me to freely work with other artists and creators, take their input and advice and apply it to my craft. So in regards to self-belief and my acting career, I believe they go hand in hand and I’m excited to see where it takes me.
- The entertainment industry is filled with many talents and requires actors to dedicate themselves fully to the industry. How has working within the industry enriched your life?
There are so many things that I have learned on my journey already and it has only just begun. There are many different aspects that I’ve found to be enriching when it comes to acting. One of the aspects I love most is the opportunity to travel and meet new people on each job. Being thrown out of your comfort zone is something that I believe is really important for people to grow. When you receive a phone call saying that in two days you’re flying to the other side of the world to shoot a movie for four months it’s exciting, terrifying and life-changing all in the same heartbeat. You have to adapt to a whole new lifestyle, time zone, and environment. I love it. It’s crazy that that’s part of my job. I’ve met so many talented and inspirational people through working on different projects and I can’t wait to continue to learn from them.
- As a young talent, you have a fresh perspective on the entertainment industry’s challenges and virtues. What changes do you hope to see and help create during your career?
I think I’m joining the industry at an exciting time for storytelling. So many positive movements have been happening lately and I am grateful to be a part of Dora and The Lost City of Gold. I really feel blessed to have had the opportunity to play Randy. Dora is an amazing role model for young girls and women around the world. She’s an intelligent, funny, adventurous, strong leader and I think it’s exciting that we are telling her story. It’s also a massive film for the Latinx community. There are so many talented performers in this film (e.g. Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez, Isabela Moner, Michael Pena) and it’s still crazy to me that I got to be a part of it. It’s great that Hollywood is now sharing stories from all different backgrounds and cultures. As Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians have proven, there is a massive audience out there for stories like these to be told. I would love to have the opportunity to continue to work on films like Dora and be able to continue to share these adventures with everyone.
- In Paramount’s upcoming film Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which premieres August 9, 2019, you play Randy, a fellow high school friend of Dora’s who becomes completely smitten with her. Rady and Dora seem to be very different. How would you describe the relationship between them?
Randy and Dora have a really entertaining relationship. When Randy first meets Dora he is honestly quite shocked at the fact that Dora even noticed he existed. That and her knowledge of the solar system immediately cause Randy to be smitten with her. It’s the first time a girl has ever spoken to him. In fact, it’s probably the first time anyone his age has spoken to him (outside of his online gaming friends.) I find their relationship so entertaining because they are completely different from each other. Dora is an adventurous leader and Randy is an awkward introvert who loves watching movies and playing video games. They’re nothing alike. So as Randy struggles to survive the jungle and keep up with Dora throughout the adventuresome hilarious and genuinely heart-warming moments arise.
- What practices do you use to connect with your character and make him relatable for the audience?
Randy was such a fun character to play. I found that James Bobin and I spent a lot of time improvising and coming up with some really funny quotes, quirks, and characteristics for Randy. Being a comedy, we were given the opportunity to improvise and that allowed for some hilarious and exciting moments as the character. I really believe this helped bring Randy to life. Also, it was such an incredible set. Almost everything was practical, we were running through a real jungle and jumping over obstacles, etc. This really made a huge difference in creating this adventure. Also, I found it easy to relate to Randy because he’s an average teenager. He’s not a superhero or an alien destroying planets. He’s just a guy. And I love that. Because he was thrown into such an extraordinary situation and that really brought everything out of him that he had to offer. He grows so much as a character throughout the film and it was incredible to be a part of that.
- Randy is obsessed with technology and pop culture. Do you think he resonates with the newest generation of Dora fans in a special way because of these interests?
100%! I would say Randy is definitely a character that anyone today can relate to. Dora is now in high school and Randy is one of her classmates. He grew up playing video games, watching all types of current and classic movies (like Indiana Jones) and reading books. He’s basically just your average teenage guy. But he’s thrown into this crazy adventure, which is comical considering the only thing he knows about “adventures” is what he’s either seen or read before. He slowly realizes that he can use this knowledge to survive along the way and that’s game-changing for him. I believe everyone will really resonate with him and his journey. The whole adventure is an action-packed comedy that the whole family will love.
- Dora and the Lost City of Gold was filmed in Australia with a relatively large Australian cast and crew. As an Aussie, how does it feel being part of a project which strongly celebrates Australian talent?
I was so pumped when I heard that it was filming in Australia! It has been my dream ever since I was young to work not only in Hollywood but also back home. I left Perth and moved to Canada when I was 19 so I never had the chance to work on a big project in Australia. It’s safe to say I had an amazing experience on set. Everyone in the cast and crew were such genuine and down to earth people. It was honestly really fun to work with so many Aussies. We were always laughing and having and bantering with each other. I guess it helped that we were shooting a comedy. It’s hard not to laugh when Eugenio is performing; he’s a master of comedy. It was a really exciting feeling to be making a film that would be seen worldwide, but to shoot it in my home country. Australia has so many talented filmmakers and performers and there’s so much amazing content coming out of Australia. I would love to work there again. Also, there’s nothing better than heading down to the beach and eating a vegemite sandwich on your day off.
- Dora and the Lost City of Gold imagines a childhood favorite, Dora, as a teenager. What is the experience of bringing a beloved show to life into a movie in a new way?
It was really cool to jump aboard the Dora train. I think the team behind it did a fantastic job at recreating Dora as a teenager. She’s still the same character that we know and love from the cartoons but she’s now grown up and facing other challenges that everyone can relate to. Other classic characters like Diego, Boots, and Swiper are in the film too! It really is an action-packed adventure and a fun modern swing on the cartoon that I think audiences will love it.
- Do you envision yourself working on the production or writing side of the industry in the future? If so, what kind of project you would like to express your creativity through?
One day I would love to write and direct my own projects! I’ve always loved the style of Directors Wes Anderson and recently Damian Chazelle. Quirky films like Me, Earl and the dying Girl, Hugo and Sing Street are really inspiring to me. I find the idea of using colors and music to tell a story in a new light really interesting.
- Are you involved in any charity organization or humanitarian cause you would like to mention?
As of right now, I’m not officially part of any organizations/humanitarian causes. But I have a few in mind that I would like to start promoting!
- The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is The Essence of a Joyful Living. How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?
I find the creative process such an adventure. Performing brings me so much joy. The rush I get when I am in an intense scene or improvising in comedy is something I crave every day. That really drives me to continue to work hard so I have the opportunity to continue to exist in those moments and share those stories with people. Being able to work the job I’ve dreamed of ever since I was a kid really brings me peace. The film industry is a rollercoaster of emotions and I love the ride. Pursuing something that I love has impacted me in so many positive ways. I also believe keeping family and friends close is really important. They bring me so much joy and they are the people that I love spending time with and celebrating our successes together.
- When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words from the Abraham-Hicks teachings, what is your take on such a statement?
I love this! I completely agree with it. My parents always told me – if you work hard and passionately towards your goals anything is possible. A plan B is a plan to fail. And that has stuck with me ever since I was young. Every successful person I’ve had the pleasure to work with says the same thing – if you commit to your craft and believing in yourself the sky is the limit.