BELLO Watch – Nathaniel Potvin December 30, 2018 Photography: Storm Santos / Styling: Veronica Graye / Grooming: Dion Xu Q: Briefly describe your journey as an actor. How did you get started in this line of work? A: Well, acting wasn’t something that I sought out– it kind of fell in my lap, and I’m so glad that it did. I was 11 years old when I started acting but prior to that I was a dancer. My dance studio was offering acting classes, so I took a drop-in class and met my manager who was the teacher. From there we have been working together and my acting really blossomed into something I love and cherish. It became an expressive outlet for me as a person and an artist. Q: Alexa & Katie returns to Netflix for season 2 December 26th. Share one of your favorite memories from set. A: One of my favorite memories from set was finding out that the show had been nominated for an Emmy. I don’t think I have seen people so happy and proud of what they have created. I remember stepping back and watching everyone hug each other with huge grins on their faces. I took a mental snapshot because you don’t see that a lot up close. Q: Throughout your career you’ve have a myriad of versatile roles from comedy to drama. Do you have a preferred genre? A: I don’t have a preferred genre; I love them both so deeply. I find that they both are so important in people’s lives so why should I just favor one? I will say though, that comedy was my first love when it came to acting. It was captivating people with laughter that made me super eager to do it. Q: You have had a tremendous amount of success for someone your age. What is one thing you have taken away from your career as a teen actor. A: I think the one thing that I have taken away from acting is that you can’t let it consume you as a person. You have to go out and participate in other things that interest you so that you can bring those elements to characters. Don’t get me wrong, acting is my one true passion and profession, but I like to partake in creative hobbies that keep my mind sharp and give me different perspectives on life. Q: You recently started dabbling in directing. Was that always something you saw yourself pursuing? A: At first I only saw myself solely as an actor, but I was on set watching these amazing people create movies and television shows. I knew it was something I had to try for myself. I feel that directing has also made me a better actor. You have to put yourself is another people’s shoes on set in order to know how to get the best performance possible. Q: What director would you say influences you the most, and why? A: That’s a really hard question. I feel I’m influenced by multiple directors and I have so many favorites that I can’t even pick just one. I will say that my favorite director right now is Barry Jenkins– he is my icon as a young African American director. Q: I’m sure free time is a rare treat. What do you do to make the most of your free time when you have it? A: I usually take that free time and try to make it into something productive like reading or writing screenplays. I also really love to cook and go to the gym, but if I’m feeling really unproductive you can catch me watching movies with my friends and family. Q: You’ve recently encouraged millennials to use their voice in the recent Midterm election. Why do feel so passionate about the younger generation speaking up, in politics or otherwise? A: I am very passionate about my generation using their voice and speaking up. I know what it’s like to feel like I don’t have a voice but then finding it too late. I just don’t want that to happen to a whole generation of smart young people, because if we are too slow to fix problems they will only fester and become worse. It is super important that every person is heard in order for our government to work and change. Q: Tell us about upcoming projects you are working on. A: I’ve got some things in the works that I can’t wait to show everyone, but I have to keep it quiet for now ;). Q: With the New Year right around the corner tell us one thing you’ve learned in 2018 and how you plan to apply that to 2019. A: The one thing I have learned is if you really want something you need to take all the necessary actions and more to achieve your goal. That’s what I am bringing into 2019. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.