Interview

The Many Faces of Cole Larson

IN A RECENT INTERVIEW WITH COLE, HE SHOWED US THE MANY FACETS OF HIS PERSONALITY AND TALENT.

“Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world” – Alan Rickman

WHERE DID THE DREAM BEGIN?

It all started when I was 9 years old and trying out community theater in Thunder Bay Ontario. I had no idea it would turn into the burning passion that I have now, but ever since my first day there, I haven’t looked back.

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME NOW?

Having finished University, I am now pursuing my acting career in Toronto.

HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU SPEND TRAINING?

From long nights of singing new songs to rigorous time spent in classrooms pouring over scripts, I feel as if I’ve spent half my life honing my craft.

WHICH DISCIPLINE DO YOU ENJOY MOST?

I find a lot of connection in my deeper self working on characters, and find the most satisfaction in combining as many of the elements of acting, singing and dance possible.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR?

The people I have met in my life and for the support of my family for allowing me to follow the dream.

WAS THERE A  ‘MOMENT OF TRUTH,’ WHEN YOU REALIZED YOU WANTED TO PURSUE AN ACTING CAREER?

That moment came after the production of RENT with Applauze Productions.  That cemented the career choice for me. I wanted to expand the experience and the family.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCTION?

It changes on a daily basis, but the top three that are dear to me are Rent, JCSS, and Les Mis.

WHAT SINGERS INSPIRE YOU?

Elton John. I literally listened to him in the womb. Also a local Canadian artist Mark Masri, because of the way he emotes while he sings.  Colm Wilkinson for his traditional style and Pavrotti for sheer timelessness that his music has.

WHAT ACTORS INSPIRE YOU?

Leonardo DiCaprio for his commitment to his roles, Ramin Karimloo for his performances in Les Mis and the Phantom and his transition between roles. Hugh Jackman for his versatility.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

My good pal Travis. The late John Pinette, Russell Peters and Gabrielle Iglesias. I find myself laughing at myself too.

WHAT’S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE ‘OUT-TAKE?’

During the Green Room, the college musical, me and two cast mates, stood on a sofa on stage. Then we collapsed into the back of it at the end of the song and the couch itself collapsed. We could not stop laughing.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

To start my first year as a starving actor, to network & meet new people and to open as many doors as possible. I have no lock down plans … but I would love to work on Broadway someday if it comes my way.

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FAVOURITE FOOD?

The best food after a show is something savoury like pulled pork, or meatballs, or anything smothered in chocolate.

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MOST MEMORABLE PERFORMANCE?

Annas in JCSS. It was the first time I felt a sense of being in a professional landscape.

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IDEAL PLACE TO LIVE?

Likely it would be a smaller town. But maybe a little more suburban. It would need an energetic arts community. A cabin in the woods for the weekends would be nice too.

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WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET FOR A DRINK?

It’s a toss-up between Jack Black, or Youtube star Mark Fischbauch.