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Braeden De La Garza: interview with a a rising star

Braeden De La Garza: interview with a a rising star

This is one of those cases where you can say a young actor to be a rising star. Some personalities are bright and undeniably catch our attention right away. And speaking with Breaden De La Garza you have to think about it, because he will make you smile at every answer. Breaden will play Prince Emmett in the new fantasy series The Quest, premiered on Disney + on May 11, 2022, not to be missed!

Where does your passion for art come from? Did you always think that one day you would become an actor?  

I’ve always been drawn to things that force my brain to create something new. Whether it be music, painting, or writing, I would always be working on something new as a kid. It wasn’t until I saw a kid my age on television that I knew for sure what the creative outlet I would follow would be. As soon as I saw someone who looked like me on a TV completely transforming into a different person, I knew that’s what I had to do, and I’ve pursued that passion ever since. 

Your family is both music and entertainment oriented and this certainly helped in the beginning of your journey, which we see starting at the age of seven! How important was family support? 

Family support is very important, but not everything. I am extremely lucky to have parents who back my pursuits in this industry, and champion every achievement or milestone I reach, but even they will tell you that they had strong doubts about it at first. They weren’t coming from a malicious place, they were just trying to think rationally based on their own experiences, and while that can be disheartening to hear, it has to be the passion for what you’re doing that keeps you driving forward, not the support you get from others. I’ve had to learn that the hard way in a few instances, and I truly think I’m better for it! 

Photos Cred – Ben Cope

We are looking forward to the release of the fantasy series The Quest, premiered on Disney + on May 11, 2022, where you will play Prince Emmett. Are you impatient? What can you tell us about your role?  

I am extremely impatient. The rest of my cast will tell you; that I am the one constantly asking for updates on our show! We shot the series over a year ago now, and the second I stepped onto the plane to head home, I wanted to watch it, because it’s SO innovative and groundbreaking! I play Prince Emmett, a member of the royal family that is seeking refuge from the evil Sorceress Tavora. Seemingly, I’m a bit of a bookworm with no real knack for heroics, but I’m forced to get outside of my comfort zone when the threat of darkness looms large. I also have great hair. 

What are the best memories on the sets? Any funny anecdotes?  

We shot in a castle, so every memory I have featured an amazing backdrop of luscious trees, rolling hills, and triumphant medieval architecture. One of my favorites was a night shoot where it had been raining and windy outside, so by the end of the night, the cast was all huddled up under blankets in between setups. We became very close, literally. Also, don’t sing the Brother Bear theme song around any cast members. They will sing along with you but they will get irritated with me. That’s all I will say! 

Photos Cred – Ben Cope

Beyond acting, we know that you are a passionate multi-instrumentalist and that you record, produce, all on your own. Is it your hobby at the moment or do you think there may be a future in music as well as cinema?  

I really create music as an outlet for myself. I’ve never considered myself to be a great singer or an exceedingly technically proficient musician, so I’m hesitant to pursue any real avenues when it comes to the music industry. I have a folder of almost 100 completed songs that I listen to and add too often, but for now, those are just for me. I’ve always said it was my dream to garner enough support as an actor to rent out a venue and play a show to a crowd of people who are there just to hang out and have a good time with me. That way they won’t boo me off the stage. Hopefully. 

Is there a particular form of art or an artist who particularly inspire you and influence your projects?  

This may come as a bit of a surprise, but even as an actor I feel influenced and inspired by Paul McCartney. Obviously, Macca isn’t known for his acting work, but the innovation and intelligence he brings to his music is something I try to emulate in all aspects of my life, including my acting. If I can be as daring with a character as he was to create Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, I’ll be doing something right. 

We would like to know more about the organization you support, The Trevor Project.  

Growing up in a largely socially conservative area, I witnessed a lot of prejudice toward the LGBTQ+ community firsthand. Because I was a man in the arts, living in the area I did, I would have homophobic comments and slurs thrown at me constantly. I recognized that while the prejudice I felt was directed towards me by outdated and insensitive stereotypes, those who really identified as part of that community must feel 100x worse. I have watched people struggle to accept themselves due to the pressures of others, and I don’t think anyone should have to go through that alone. Many people do, and they don’t make it out of that struggle alive. That’s why I am so supportive of The Trevor Project. Their mission is to be there. They’re there to make sure those who are feeling lost within themselves have a way to accept the person they have always been and begin to live a more fulfilling life. It is extremely important to work, and I am proud to donate and work with them whenever/however I can. 

Photos Cred – Ben Cope

Do you have any advice for other young people who want to pursue a career in cinema?  

Stay the course. You’re going to be told No 99% of the time, so try your best to get to a place where you’re comfortable with failure, without giving up or slowing your pursuit. Those who find fulfillment in this industry aren’t those who out book everyone else, it’s those who outlast everyone else. 

 

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