Actor Asher Angel enjoys his work on ‘Andi Mack’
Part time Parkite plays Jonah Beck
Disney Channel’s comedy-drama “Andi Mack” is a hot commodity these days.
The show, which premiered in April, garnered an average of 1.39 million viewers by the season one finale in June, according to Showbuzz Daily.
“Andi Mack,” which was created by Terri Misky — who also created “Lizzy McGuire” — was renewed for season two, which will begin airing this fall.
It has filmed at Utah Olympic Park and around Salt Lake City.
The series stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee as the title role of Andi. Actors Joshua Rush and Sofia Wylie portray Andi’s friends Cyrus and Buffy, and part-time Parkite Asher Angel portrays Andi’s crush, Jonah Beck.
Asher, 14, who was born and raised in Phoenix before he began acting professionally, took time from his busy schedule to talk to The Park Record during a call form Los
Angeles about his role as Jonah, as well as other projects.
“There is a lot of me in Jonah, and I can definitely relate to him,” Asher said. “So getting to portray the role of Jonah allows me to just be myself.
“Sometimes it’s funny because everything that happens in our script sometimes follows what happens in real life.”
That doesn’t mean Asher approaches the role with a nonchalant attitude.
“When I do a character, I have all of these ideas I want to explore,” he said. “When I play Jonah Beck, I’m being myself, but I’m also acting. I [still have to] read the lines and memorize the lines.”
Jonah isn’t the first TV or film role for Asher. He began his career 10 years ago in the movie “Jolene” and has appeared in TV programs “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn” and “Criminal Minds.”
“My first real drama role was on ‘Criminal Minds,’ Ashersaid. “I played Ryan Fox, who was a very emotional character.”
Switching between comedic and dramatic roles can be tricky, but Asher has found a way to help with the changes.
“I found that it’s all about how emotional the role can get,” he said. “I’m pretty good at comedy, but I also like to switch over to the drama side.”
Asher began acting in musical theater in Arizona.
“I saw my first show in a local theater called Desert Stages and told my parents that I wanted to do that,” he said.
After performing live theater, the opportunity to audition for “Andi Mack” emerged a couple of years ago, when everyone was auditioning for various TV pilots.
“We were in Los Angeles and I got the script,” Asher said. “It was a long audition process.”
Asher learned he got the role of Jonah during a phone call.
“My mom and I were on our way to the airport in an Uber, and we were really late for our flight,” Asher said. “The phone rang, and it was my dad, who told us I got the part.
“We just screamed. It was definitely a night to remember.”
Asher said the cast and crew of “Andi Mack” is just like a family.
“I can’t imagine Peyton, Josh and Sofia not being in my life, because we’re all so close,” he said.
Asher is also close to the adult cast.
“You learn a lot from them,” he said.
His favorite adult co-worker is Trent Garrett, who portrays Bowie.
“He’s like my mentor and teaches me something new every day,” Asher said. “When we’re not on set, he’s teaching me guitar.”
Asher said his focus has shifted since season one.
“When I first started, it was like, ‘Wow. I need to show people what I can do,’ ” he said. “Then from the first season to the second season, I learned a lot of new things, and just want to work as much as can. I love what I do.”
As with most child actors, Asher has to find balance between his career and school.
“That definitely can be challenging, but school comes first in my family,” he said. “We do blocks of school. We’ll film and then we’ll take a 20-minute break for school and then go back to filming.”
The actor is also working on a music career.
“My influences include Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Sam Smith and Justin Beiber,” he said. “Those are the guys who are very inspiring.”
Asher also finds inspiration in Park City.
“Park City is an incredible place to live, and I’m surprised not everyone lives there,” he said with a laugh. “There are so many things that we can do there: bowling, fishing, skiing, especially fishing.”
For information about Asher Angel and “Andi Mack,” visit http://www.disneychannel.com/andi-mack.
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