You may know him for being Selena Gomez’s boyfriend, Mason in Wizards of Waverly Place or you may know him as Wesley on Pretty Little Liars, but one thing we do know is that British-born actor, Gregg Sulkin is someone to keep an eye out on! He’s had a great transition from his Disney projects to his new work and I can definitely see him replacing Chris Pine in the Hollywood scene! Charming, handsome, funny and not forgetting single, Gregg took some time out of his hectic schedule to chat to me about his time on Wizards, future projects, his love for sport and wanting to marry a South African woman.
Michelle Govender: Hi Gregg, how are you?
Gregg Sulkin: Hey, I’m good! Oh my God, I love your accent already!
MG: [laughs] thank you so much! My first question is, what was it like to work on the Wizards movie set; what was the experience like?
GS: It was a good time [laughs]. We had worked together for four years prior, like on the show, so getting a chance to come back was a blessing. We were very grateful and very fortunate that we were given the opportunity to come back and work together again.
MG: what can we expect in the movie?
GS: basically the Russo family organizes a trip to Italy to visit their long lost relatives and they invite everyone with; all the kids and Mason and Harper go along for the ride. And then Alex, using magic, gets herself into a bit of a twist and creates another version of herself which is the bad version. She basically tries to save the world – again – from herself [laughs].
MG: What was your favourite part about working on the movie?
GS: my favourite part of working on the movie was just getting the chance to spend time with people that I really love. David DeLuise for example is like my older brother/really young dad. He’s a really, really close friend of mine. The chance to work together again and have jokes and do something we love was just amazing. The whole experience was great!
MG: you’ve worked with some great people such as Selena Gomez and Jake T Austen – do you keep in contact with them now?
GS: We try to. Jake just moved down the street from me in LA so I will be seeing him a lot more now. David Henrie I speak to every single day – he lives on the same street as me [laughs]. And David DeLuise, Maria and Jennifer Stone all live not far from me at all. And Selena… She lives around the world so she’s always traveling and doing music. We try to stay in contact after all, we did spend four years together. Well you know, you end up having a very special bond with people.
MG: Away from Wizards, can you tell me about any future projects you may have? I know you have a movie White Frog premiering soon.
GS: I did a movie called White Frog which is about a kid with Asperger’s syndrome and it highlights the tragic events and positives that come out of it. It’s kind of like looking at life with Asperger with a “half glass full” mentality rather that a “half glass empty”. It’s a very heartfelt movie and very warm. We have a great cast and I’m very proud of them. It’s probably the proudest I’ve ever been of my work to be honest.
I have another movie coming out in September, ‘Panda Eyes’. It’s me and Sophie Turner from Game Of Thrones who plays the lead girl and Jonathan Rhys Meyers – it’s like a supernatural thriller based on a book.
And then I have another movie coming out called ‘Affluenza’ which is kind of a younger version spin on The Great Gatsby so I get to kind of play Gatsby. It was a lot of fun to do! And then going back on to Pretty Little Liars again. Trying to keep myself busy.
MG: you’re very busy! What’s a typical day like for you? Or is it never the same?
GS: That’s the amazing thing about what I do and also something I hate about what I do – every day is different! There are more highs than lows than in any other job. The highs are extremely high and the lows are extremely low. It’s tough but if you love what you do then you take the good with the bad.
MG: and when you’re not working what do you enjoy doing?
GS: I’m a great football fan. I watch a lot of American sport – I love ice hockey! I try to go to the games and watch the games as much as possible. Hang out with my friends and watch movies and stuff like that. I like to go to the basketball as well. Anything kind of sports related [laughs].
MG: who would you like to work with in the future?
GS: I’ve always dreamed of working with Leonardo DiCaprio and Morgan Freeman. I set my sights kind of high so hopefully one day I get there.
MG: What is the best advice you ever received in your acting career and in your life in general?
GS: I did a movie called “Sixty Six”; a cast member from that – who I love dearly – who when I told I was going to continue acting (at the age of 13 and didn’t know what I was doing), [I told ’em] I was going to move to LA and he said “Never go to LA to be famous – don’t worry about the fame side of it. Just worry about going there to do the best work you can and the rest will take care of itself.”. I think that’s a perfect mentality. To me, that side of it doesn’t really make a difference. There are negatives and positives about being labeled as ‘famous’ – there are many positives you can use and you can inspire people. To me, the only good thing about being in the public eye is that your voice is seen as more powerful and you have the opportunity to reach more people with what you have to say so if you want to raise awareness about something, you have that ability to use it which is great.
MG: Do you have a message to your fans? Your fans in South Africa?
GS: Yeah, number one: I love South Africa! I love your country! I’ve been there a few times. Also, I love your accents!
MG: really? You should come back! I’d love to interview you in person!
GS: I wonder if I’d marry a South African woman – that’s always on my mind. I think I should. And secondly, I just want to say thanks – the support means a lot! It’s going to be a long journey and I hope they’re ready to stick! Sticking with me and buckle their seat belts because it may be bumpy [laughs]!