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An Interview with Albee Castro, Star of Maturing Youth

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2018

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Your new movie Maturing Youth - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


Maturing Youth from R&F Entertainment is about a middle aged low life man named Roger, played by Sean A Kaufman [Sean A. Kaufman interview - click here], who has no ambition and zero direction in life. This man's world is turned upside down with a surprise visit from his ex girlfriend, named Sadie played by Kim Paris. I don't want to give away too much about my character but I play the adult version of Roger's son Junior. The little version of me is played by child actor Joshua St. Leger [Joshua St. Leger interview - click here]. How did I turn out? You guys are just going to have to watch and see!


What did you draw upon to bring your character to life? And since you play the older version of one of the leads, did you at all take his performance as a sort of template for yours?


You know, I have an incredibly strong Mom, who for me was both Mom and Dad. She did what she could and I had a great upbringing because of her. I had to got back to my childhood and relive some experiences that were not so pleasant. I sat with those memories and emotions and through the magic of acting was able to create and imagine situations that led to my character's choices in life. Both good and bad. Some of those emotions you see are from real life experience. 


How did you get involved with the project in the first place?


From my homie Kim Paris! She had told me some time ago that they're still casting for this new short she's in. She really saw something in me and thought I'd be good for the part. Thank God I listened to her. I got to audition and well, here we are! Thank you Kim!


What can you tell us about your director Divoni Simon [Divoni Simon interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?


When you first meet Divoni, you're slightly intimidated by him. Once you get to know him he's super cool. He was very involved in scene work and supportive of all of us and our choices.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


The crew was really fun to work with. I spent quite a bit of time with the make up crew. It can get weird sometimes when someone is super close to your face though. It felt awkward, so I would break the ice by joking around and being silly. On set was pretty awesome. Some of my scenes called for some heavy dark moments. It was really nice to see how quickly the set and crew adjusted between scenes.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I was cast in Gepetto's Strings. It's about a religious man who has some bad things happen to him and has to make tough decisions to help his family.


What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


Funny thing is I actually started with music. It was a big passion of mine. The acting bug had crept up on me at some point while I was in a music group and I decided to pursue it and start out with some acting classes. I literally googled "Free Acting Class" to see what was out there. To my surprise and what I call fate, Penny Templeton Studios was offering a free class and was located just a few doors down from me. Penny introduced me into the world of acting and I haven't looked back since!


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Maturing Youth?


Most of my film work has consisted of shorts, commerical's and music videos. Can't wait for that big feature!


How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of the techniques you use to bring your characters to life?


I feel like I come off as a bit mysterious in nature, and I think you see a sprinkle of that in a lot of the roles I play. You always have to give your character a life prior to what ever the scene or film is about. Creating a back story to the character's life helps me create situations that would cause the character to say what he's saying, do what he's doing.


Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?


Meryl Streep. Her ability to take on any role and truly give it a complete and full life is amazing and really motivates me. I love Johnny Depp, especially in all his Tim Burton films. Robert Downey is another favorite. He seems super cool to me, natural and effortless in all his roles.


Your favourite movies?


I really love a lot of the movies of the 80's. The Never Ending Story, Labyrinth, Beetlejuice, Gremlins! I could go on and on.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Hmmm? I don't know LOL! I feel like movies I thought I hated, I ended up loving just cause they were so bad! Now you got me thinking!


Your website, Facebook, whatever else?


Catch me on Insta: Albee_c


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