The actor talks about going from HBO’s We Are Who We Are to the Pixar film set in Italy, meeting his co-star Jacob Tremblay through DM, and feeling “very grateful” for the Shazam sequel.
Jack Dylan Grazer’s latest film, Disney and Pixar’s “Luca,” is due out later this month, but he has yet to meet one of his co-stars in real life.
The animated film stars Grazer as Alberto, one of two sea creatures who pull out a Little Mermaid and venture from under the sea to the small Italian town of Portorosso for an incredible adventure. Voices were also provided by Jacob Tremblay as the title character, Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan, and Emma Berman.
Due to the pandemic, Grazer did all of his voice work from home, inside his mother’s closet. And since the world is yet to return to normal, he has yet to meet the rest of his co-stars face-to-face, making this an unusual project for the 17-year-old star.
TooFab caught up with him before the film’s premiere on Disney +, where he talked about the unique experience of meeting one of his co-stars through DM, the lack of communication that followed, what he hopes fans will take away from the film, and gave updates on both “We Are Who We Are” and “Shazam: The Fury of the Gods.”
You recorded all your lines from inside your mother’s closet. How was that experience? This is your first voice role, right?
This was not my first voice role, I did a few, none of them have come out yet, none have been announced. Animation is a beast. This was actually the fastest, I did this one over the course of a year and it really feels like it happened so fast. The first session I had was in the middle of the confinement, I did it all in my mother’s closet, but I found out that I got the part two months after returning from Italy, where we filmed “We Are Who We Are” for six and a half months. It couldn’t have been more coincidental and synchronous that it had two Italian jobs in a row.
Was it nice to still be in that mode?
Having to do all of this virtually, have you met your co-stars? Did you have Zooms maybe to meet?
No never. I have been speaking with Jacob Tremblay only recently because of these interviews, we have come across the press. He sent me a DM once a while ago saying that I think we are working together, but that was a huge miscommunication. He texted me while I was in the audition process for this WWII movie, they said Jacob Tremblay is attached and then two days after I auditioned I got a DM like, “Hey, I think we are working on something. ” I was like [gasps], “I got the part for the WWII movie!” No, that movie didn’t even turn out to be real.
How different this has been, working in isolation, without really knowing your co-stars.
It’s a crazy ride, but the crew, the crew, the creative geniuses behind this project, the actors, the animators, the writers, they’ve all worked so hard on this and are so resilient and honestly there should be a round of applause for everyone who works hard during this time. Because it has been difficult for many people to find inspiration.
Luca’s friendship with Alberto gives him the confidence to get out of his comfort zone; For you, was there an acting job that really forced you to do that and was there someone who helped you get through it?
The most uncomfortable but enjoyable acting experience I had was probably when I did “We Are Who We Are,” which is an HBO show directed by Luca Guadagnino. I realized that I had been saying his name wrong for two years, that was crazy. It was a really crazy challenge, but I loved it, it was a lot of fun. I loved being the tortured actor.
I saw luca guadagnino He said he’s already written a “bible” for season two, but what would you like to explore as Fraser if HBO revamped it?
Dude, I really don’t know what to say. I know what it is, I know what season two will be like, if it were to be picked up. I read the Bible. This guy is so intense. It’s so strange. I’m supposed to promote Luca, we’re not talking about this!
Who are you more like, Luca or Alberto, in real life?
Alberto, so much Alberto. All my life I have always had the Silenzio Bruno mentality, silencing all doubts and all warning signs and diving headfirst into whatever. I’ve always been Alberto, getting my friends into trouble. They would say, “I don’t know if we should throw this glass bottle out of the building,” and I would say, “No, no, no, let’s do it.”
When was the last time you put “Silenzio Bruno” to the test? [In the film, “Bruno” is the name given to that anxious voice in one’s head, so shouting “Silence Bruno” is Alberto’s way of quieting that inner saboteur.]
Friend, I have no trace of Bruno on my body. There is nothing to silence anymore, I have no doubt. I have nothing but confidence all the time. I am looking for alpha. No, is not that. I think very impulsively, sometimes I am not very rational. I would say that I am a rational person, but when I make decisions, should I jump 80 feet into this lake that could be 5 feet deep? Yes!
How does your real life experience in Italy compare to what we see here on screen? In terms of exploration and maybe food.
The food! This film does a very good job of encapsulating the essence of Italy so well. The colors, the shades of blue, red, yellow, sky and sea, it is so beautiful. I love this movie for that. And also for the message of all this.
We know you have very vocal followers. What do you hope they take away from this, the message for them?
Especially for young people … there are so many things to wear. One is just having fun, enjoying your friends, but also making sure to befriend someone who lifts you up and helps you evolve and excel and takes you out of your comfort zone a bit to experience the world and fulfill your curiosities. I think that’s what Alberto does for Luca and Luca helps him to dominate him a bit and gives him that support because Alberto is alone in this life. Luca is a great partner, a great friend to him. Another message, the greatest to get out of this, is to feel comfortable in your own skin and life without fear of being judged and to be at peace with your authentic self, you don’t have to hide who you are. And don’t wear a suit for someone else, wear one for yourself!
Lastly, I need to ask about Shazam: Fury of the Gods very quickly. There was that teaser released this week with the costume. How excited should we be for Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu join the cast – And what was your reaction to knowing that they were on board?
Dude I met Helen Mirren and she was so nice and beautiful, just like Lucy Liu and Rachel Zegler, she’s also so talented … OMG she’s the best. She is so beautiful and so sweet, they are all so beautiful and so sweet, they are all the best. This cast is amazing. I am so lucky, I am so grateful, I really am, I am so grateful.
“Luca” arrives at Disney + on June 18.