Gregg Sulkin Talks “White Frog” & Taking Risks In His Career
Gregg Sulkin was practically off to the races the moment the 20-year-old British transplant stepped foot on American soil. Most recently he soared to Teen Idol status playing Mason, beau to Selena Gomez’s Alex Russo in Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, and now to a slightly older audience as Wesley Fiztgerald, a spoiled way too privileged teen, running from the grasps of his controlling mother, on ABCs Pretty Little Liars. But Summer’s here, and with that comes a change of tune, and Gregg’s not staying behind. This Friday (May 10th) his latest venture ‘White Frog’ Starring Booboo Stewart and Tyler Posey, alongside Glee’s Harry Shum hits local Los Angeles theaters, for werewolf fans all around the city to see. But there are no werewolves in the ‘White Frog’ world, even though three of its stars have played werewolves in the past. The film focuses on Nick, a teen with Aspergers syndrome and his journey through life, when tragedy changes everything.
“I play the character of Randy, best friend to Nick’s older brother Chaz. But as the movie goes on, you’ll see that Randy and Chaz (Harry Shum) could possibly be more than just friends,” Sulkin said told me. He elaborated on his role “It was a really difficult character to play because,I like women, and so had nothing to relate to, so it was all kind of in a sense imagination for me. But that’s why I did the project to be honest.”
This might be the actor’s first adult dramatic role per se, outside of his past and growing credits. “I’ve always wanted to take risks throughout my career, obviously not too many, but I’ve never been frightened about taking those risks,” he says to me. “I spoke to the Director about what he wanted and what his vision was, and then matched my vision with his and then just kind of went for it.”
The film sure to be a love song for other suffering with the same condition (Aspergers syndrome) does indeed keep things light all throughout though. “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. I don’t think the audience is hit over the head with the asparagus side of it, or the sexuality side of it. I think it’s a simple as the movie has a lot of heart. And heart and family is definitely something that people can relate to.”
And it the movie’s title leaves you as puzzled as I was at first, Gregg assures us that by the end of the film, that concern will have been addressed. “The title has a lot of meaning in it. , Booboo has a speech where he talks about the definition of a white frog, being a white frog is kind of being the odd one out, which is very much like Booboo’s character in the film.”
Head on over to http://whitefrogthemovie.com/seethemovie and find out how and when you can catch “White Frog”
Check out Gregg Sulkin interview in BELLO mag #41