Gregg Sulkin made his name across the pond as one of the young stars of Wizards Of Waverly Place. He talks about life in Hollywood and reuniting with his castmates for a film based on the hit US TV series.
WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE WAS YOUR FIRST MAJOR BREAK IN THE STATES. HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU DID THAT?
I was 17 when I started, and now I’m just about to turn 21.
HOW WAS IT GETTING BACK TOGETHER FOR THE TV MOVIE, THE WIZARDS RETURN: ALEX VS ALEX?
It was really nice, I enjoyed that experience. I think we all thought that the show was done and finished, and then to get another chance to work together again was great. And it was nice for us to get the chance to give back to the fans. They were so loyal for four years and then we all went off and did other projects and we didn’t want them to feel like we’d just abandoned them. So we came back, did the show and hopefully they’ve got one last thing to enjoy.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU’VE CHANGED SINCE YOU GOT YOUR FIRST UK FILM ROLE IN SIXTY SIX?
Oh, wow. I feel like a new person. Not because of my career but just because of what I’ve had to go through to pursue my career. I was 13 then, I didn’t want to be an actor, I wanted to be a footballer. I lived at home with my parents, who were the most supportive people you could ever meet. When I was young I was very close to my parents. I never liked staying at my mates’ houses, I always wanted to be with my parents and then suddenly at 17 I was like, “Oh well, maybe I should just move half way around the world.” I came to LA and I suddenly had to become independent, which was the weirdest experience ever. The only thing I can’t do now is cook.
WHAT CAUSED YOU TO GO INTO ACTING RATHER THAN FOOTBALL?
I went for an audition for Sixty Six with my mum. She made me go. I kind of played the part down because my dog unfortunately passed away on the same day. I thought, “I love my dog too much, so I don’t even want to think about this stupid movie!” But my mum said, “Well, it’s not stupid. Helena Bonham Carter is playing your mum”. To be honest I didn’t even know who Helena was at the time. After a couple of weeks of getting over my dog, my mum said the film would be shot while I was meant to be in school and I thought, “Perfect! I’ll do it.” I jumped at the chance.
* Gregg Sulkin appears in the Wizards Of Waverly Place film, The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex, on the Disney Channel on Friday, May 24, at 6pm.