January 27, 2012 01:00 PM by Ashley Lee
What’s up with David Archuleta these days? Though the American Idol finalist was dropped from his record label almost a year ago, he’s got big plans coming up: he’s filming a new miniseries and will take a two-year sabbatical. Read on for the details on his upcoming schedule, and a peek into how he prepared for his first lead role.
Archuleta has already on location for his acting gig: the Philippines! He is set to star in a miniseries as Josh, a Filipino-American singer who returns to his native country. He will be singing the Filipino theme song and shooting in the Philippines for an intense three weeks. According to Spot.ph, this is one of his final commitments before taking a sabbatical from the public eye to fulfill a two-year proselytizing mission for his church.
So how did he prepare for his first lead role?
“I sort of took (a class) in New York before I came over here,” he said in an interview. “The lady that I worked with was great. She helped me kind of loosen up. It made me look forward to doing this and that it’ll be fun…She just really taught me (that) instead of how people sometimes get caught in reading the lines, saying the lines, and acting out the lines, she focused on how I could relate to what the words were even if it wasn’t me. For the most part, the character I’m playing is very much me, which is nice, but there are parts where you have to pretend. So how can you still put yourself in there? How can you still connect? She was great at teaching me to find exercises on how to do that.”
Archuleta never really saw himself pursuing acting and isn’t sure if he will necessarily do so as a second career. ”You never know. I never saw myself doing that but just like anything, it opens a door. Let’s see what comes,” he said. “It’s interesting to see what my thoughts are on acting after this experience because this will be my first. I did do iCarly and Hannah Montana, but it was really short, very brief. I just had to be myself.”
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