Interview with GRAHAM VERCHERE | I am Embracing Who I Want To Be, I AM MAGIC

The word magic is often associated with something that is beyond human ability, something supernatural. But like anything else, magic always lays within ourselves; it is the feeling of wonder and appreciation of the beauty around us. As more we focus on thoughts that feel better, we will bring ourselves into a state of empowerment, love, and beauty. We will perceive our world from that perspective where reality and magic blend, reflecting the whole of who we are outwards. For that, when we feel – I am magic, everyone and everything around us become that which we feel ourselves into being.

Actor Graham Verchere, who can be seen as Leo in the magical Disney+ movie Stargirl, says:” I think Archie’s advice absolutely rings true – the best things are usually both real and magic. Something being magic doesn’t necessarily mean it’s impossible.”

In this interview with Graham about his new role in Stargirl, you will be reminded that magic is always within yourself, as well as how empowering is to be who you are.


 INTRODUCTION

  • Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Graham Verchere?

The exact opposite of cool, but I’m having a good time with it! I like acting, I like music, I have a bizarre assortment of fun facts, and I will never get tired of stupid jokes.

  • What inspired you to pursue your passion for acting as a creative expression?

I started acting because it looked fun and I kept acting because I absolutely loved it!!! It’s wonderful and I still have so much fun because each and every role and story is different, so it never gets boring even doing audition after audition.

 ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

  • The entertainment industry, like any other professional field, is considered competitive; some talents succeed and other talents don’t. What role do beliefs and faith have in fulfilling the desires for what the talent considers success? 

It’s tough to say. You have to be able to put yourself out there time and time again and just trust that even after rejection and rejection, eventually something right will come along. If you give up or don’t put as much effort into it, it might not happen, so you have to believe it will eventually happen while staying realistic.

Photography by Erich Saide

ACTING

  • In the upcoming Disney+ movie Stargirl, you play Leo, whose life changes when he meets the new girl in school. How would you describe your emotional journey during the process of becoming your character?

I feel like I know Leo as I do myself. When I was younger I did have a really similar outlook and I feel like I went through the same thoughts and feelings Leo does in the movie – and knowing him like that, it’s easy to know what he’d do and how he would feel in any situation in the script. It’s a sign that the script is well written, it does truly feel like something a real Leo would do.

  • Stargirl is based on the New York Times Bestseller of the same name written by Jerry Spinelli. What are the differences and similarities between the novel and the film?

I can’t speak too much to the differences between the book and the movie without spoiling anything, but the important thing to know is that all of the lessons and all of the same feelings of the book are there.

  • The core message of the film is being true to who you want to be. How has playing Leo given you new self-awareness about that topic?

Although I definitely have my own fair share of experience in that theme, being able to reflect on it, and almost relive certain aspects of it, absolutely gave me a lot of opportunities to reflect.

  • How would you describe the dynamics of the relationship between Leo and Stargirl? And what do you think is the most important relationship one could have with?

Leo is someone who only tries to fit in and stay normal, but deeper down he misses when he felt like he was freer and less afraid to stand out. Stargirl is almost the polar opposite of that. She stands out and is comfortable with it, but deeper down she does want to fit in with a group of friends for the first time. They have what the other wants and it’s complicated trying to navigate that.

  • The perspective we have about life affects how we are experiencing it. After being part of Stargirl, what is your perception of reality and magic?

I think Archie’s advice absolutely rings true – the best things are usually both real and magic. Something being magic doesn’t necessarily mean it’s impossible. Even some of the places we filmed on set certainly felt magical.

  • How do you think Stargirl relates to our society? What would you like the audience to take away from watching the film?

Nowadays there’s a lot more fast fashion and trends, and I find a lot of people seem to fall for it and think there’s only one way to be cool. Stargirl’s message is most necessary for those people who will give up things they enjoy to better fit in with others – it can be difficult to balance fitting in and staying yourself, but in the end, the people you should want to fit in with are the ones who want you to stay yourself.

  • There is also some singing in the film. How does it feel when music blends with your voice flowing through you and to you?

I love listening to and making music. I especially love the music in Stargirl because since it is the actual characters singing, as opposed to a musical-style fourth-wall-breaking number, it adds this extra element of emotion to it. There are the emotions that go into the song to sing it, but also the fear of actually performing and sharing those emotions in the song.

  • Besides your recurring roles in FX’s series, Fargo, Shaun Murphy in ABC’s The Good Doctor and the most recent role as George Lockwood in The CW’s Supergirl, what other projects you are passionately working on? 

There’s always new things to look forward to, but unfortunately nothing I can speak of right now. Just finishing school!

Photography by Erich Saide

 GOOD SOUL

  • Are you connected to any humanitarian cause you would like to mention?

I’d love to ask everyone to please, please vote if you can in the upcoming US election, to stand with indigenous land protectors and show and voice your support in any way possible, and to try and avoid buying products from the biggest, most polluting corporations. (Coke, Pepsi, Nestlé, etc.)

 CLOSE UP

  • 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?

Aside from it obviously being more difficult to work as effectively when you’re unhappy, joy is as much a part of the creative process as any other emotion. Especially in a medium like music, I think creatively I would focus almost entirely on whatever brings me the most joy.

  • When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words by Abraham Hicks.  What is your take on such a statement?

Absolutely agree. It will take effort and time, but everything you do is up to you, and no step is too small in the right direction!


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