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August Maturo Launches Onto the Big Screen

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As an actor, being able to successfully shift between dramatic and comedic roles can take years. However, a vast emotional acting range is something 13-year-old actor August Maturo developed early in his life. Since the age of 3, Maturo has been captivating audiences and casting directors with his ability to bring a story to life. Starring in renowned and beloved films and television shows of various genres, Maturo has become a star in his own right. 

Audiences in the United States would recognize Maturo for his role as Auggie Matthews on the hit Disney Channel Original Series Girl Meets World. He also starred in the wildly successful horror movie The Nun as Daniel. Critics worldwide have taken notice of his incredible acting range. Maturo’s latest film Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog is set to release in select US Theaters this Memorial Day Weekend! Based on the novel The Jewish Dog by Asher Kravitz and written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Roth, the film follows Kaleb, a beloved German Shepherd, who is separated from his original master ‘Joshua’ (Maturo) and his Jewish family when the Nuremberg Laws are enacted in World War II Berlin. 

Later this year, Maturo is set to star as the lead in the upcoming horror/thriller Slapface. Slapface follows the story of a young boy Lucas (Maturo), who deals with the death of his parents and the physical and emotional abuse of being bullied by creating a dangerous relationship with a monster. The film recently premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Thriller/Horror. As he continues to make his mark on the film industry, we chatted with August Maturo to discuss his blossoming career, upcoming projects, and much more! 

Cliché: What made you want to become an actor? 

Maturo: When I was very little everyone that would meet me would tell my mom “your kid should be an actor.” She didn’t think much about it until I was 3 years old, and I was in a church play. When it was over, and I had to get off the stage I got really upset and told my mom I wanted to be back up there. She decided then to get me an agent and I started working right away. I guess it was meant to be!

What is a special memory you have from your time playing Auggie Matthews on Girl Meets World

My favorite memories were filming in front of a live audience. Those nights were so exciting. It’s so cool to hear an immediate reaction to your performance as you do it. That’s the great thing about filming live. It’s instant gratification as a performer. 

Tell us about your film Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog.

Shepherd is about a young boy named Joshua and his dog Kaleb during the Holocaust. I play Joshua. I filmed Shepherd shortly after I finished Girl Meets World. It was my first film role. I was 10 years old at the time and I had to travel to Budapest to film it. It’s finally releasing in the US this Memorial Day weekend in select theaters, and I can’t wait for people to see it! It was supposed to be released last year but got postponed because of Covid. I’m so glad theaters are opening back up and people can see it on the big screen the way it was meant to be seen. If you love history and you love dogs, you’ll love this film! And don’t worry, the boy and the dog don’t die!

August MaturoYou’ve starred in some very intense and dramatic films in your career. What draws you to those kinds of roles?

I love them because it challenges me as an actor. I always want to try difficult things. The longer you are an actor, the more you want to push yourself to see what you can do. Most people know me as the character ‘Auggie’ from Girl Meets World. I’m really excited for people to get to know me as different characters now.

Another film you have coming out this year is Slapface. What can you tell us about the film and your character Lucas?

I am so proud of Slapface! Ever since my role, playing Daniel in The Nun, I’ve been obsessed with horror. It was my dream to play a lead role in one, so when I got the offer for Slapface I was so excited. The film is about a boy named Lucas who is abused and bullied by everyone around him, so he ends up befriending a monster that lives in the woods. The monster becomes obsessed with him, so as you can imagine things start to get a little crazy. Slapface will be out this fall, and the plan is to be in theaters. You just never know how things are going to go because of Covid.

Is there a role or film genre you would love to play? 

Since I love to try new things, I’d love to be in an action film. That would be exciting. But I think my dream role would be to mix my background in comedy and horror and do a horror/comedy, like the movie Shaun of the Dead or the show What We Do in the Shadows.

When you aren’t working, what are some things you do to relax and have fun?

Over quarantine, I started to ride my bike a lot. I created a small pod of friends that I like to hang out with, and we love to ride together. I also draw, A LOT. If I’m not doing school work, I’m probably drawing. I’ve also recently gotten back into Pokémon Go again and love to ride my bike around and catch them.

What can fans expect next from you?

I do have something exciting in the works, but I can’t talk about it just yet. In the meantime, I hope that everyone goes to watch Shepherd & Slapface and enjoys them as much as I did making them. As an actor, that’s all you could hope for! 

 

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Sabrina Carpenter Interview

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It’s easy to forget that Sabrina Carpenter is only 16 when you talk to her. She speaks with an acute knowledge of the business she works in and knows where she wants her career to go. When I was 16, I was freaking out about not knowing what I wanted to do with my life and desperately trying to convince my dad to let me take my driving test. She’s 16 with an album out, new music on the way, and she stars in an Emmy-nominated TV show. And though she seems much older than her age, she recognizes where she’s at.

First and foremost, Carpenter always wanted to sing. At the age of 6, that’s what she decided on—my 6-year-old dreams of being a librarian were less exciting, but I digress—so when Hannah Montana was released on Disney Channel in 2006, Carpenter watched Miley have the “best of both worlds”; she got to sing and act.

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Gold dress: Tarek Sinno

“I didn’t really know what acting was at that point, and it took me a couple of years to get started,” Carpenter said. “So when I was around 11, I booked my first role, and it was a much more serious role than I ever thought I’d be doing, but I think that’s what showed me that there was maybe a career in it.”

That role was a guest spot on Law & Order: SVU as a rape victim. Though it was a heavy episode and Carpenter hadn’t had any prior experience, the role cemented her aspirations and gave her the jumping point she needed.

“That’s the cool thing about being a kid in the industry,” she said. “You have so much vulnerability and curiosity because you don’t know what you’re doing until you’re a couple years in. But we still don’t know what we’re doing. We’re just pretending that we do.”

Carpenter booked her first Disney Channel pilot, which would have also starred Jon Heder, when she was around 13, but the pilot wasn’t picked up. The concept of a pilot not getting picked up was new to Carpenter, and it was a learning experience for the young actress.

“It opened my eyes to how many people get doors shut in their face every day,”  she said. “Sometimes you might book a job and the world may never see it, so there’s a lot of crazy ups and downs to deal with. I hate taking no for an answer—that’s one of my biggest pet peeves—but sometimes that’s what you have to deal with in this business, and you can’t take anything personally.”

Girl Meets World Season 2 Premiere

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When Disney Channel announced last year that they would be rebooting Boy Meets World with a spin off series that centered around Cory and Topanga’s children, I was skeptical. Could Ben Savage still pull off Cory Matthews? Could the writers recapture the magic of the original series? Would it be funny like it’s predecessor or cheesy and overdone like most current Disney shows? If the pilot taught us anything, it’s that the answer to all of those questions was yes.

The first season gifted us with the reunion of Cory and Shawn, the return of Stewart Minkus, and an all grown up bully Harley Kiner’s uttering the words “baboon.” Now, twenty episodes later and two months after its debut season ended, Girl Meets World is already back for its sophomore year. Micheal Jacobs, the creator and show-runner of both series, said on his twitter that the first season was about getting to know ‘the girls world’ and teased that the second will be about merging the two worlds — which I have dubbed “Girl Meets Nostalgia.”
As part of its premiere week, Disney chose to air the first five episodes of the new season every night, which include a couple more familiar faces that are sure to set our 90s hearts a-flutter. In tonight’s episode, titled “Girl Meets Pluto,” the gang sneak into Mr. Feeny’s back years to dig up a time capsule that Cory, Shawn, and Topanga had buried years ago. Shall we take this moment to appreciate the fact that after fifteen years, we’re heading back to Philly? The last time these characters were all together on screen was during the final scene of Boy Meets World, which I often times refer to as an emotional sucker punch.

When the first promotions were released about this reunion episode, I thought to myself “this is it, nothing can top this moment.” Then, the next episode’s promotions were released and I learned that it was “Girl Meets Plays With Squirrels.”
Yes, that’s right ladies and gentleman: Eric Matthews and his alter ego ‘Plays With Squirrels’ are about to make an epic comeback and introduce themselves to the next generation. According to reports, this episode centers around a horrible fight between Maya (the new Shawn) and Riley (Cory’s daughter). Unsure of what to do to help mend their relationship, Cory calls in his older brother Eric to come hash out some wisdom — which he seemingly does in very Eric fashion.
And, if that’s not enough, various tweets tell us that this season also promises the return of Angela More, Mr. Turner (who apparently following his motorcycle accident has not been in a coma all of this time), and Shawn’s deceased father Chet. You can catch Girl Meets World every night for “What In The World Is Happening?” premiere on Disney Channel at 8:30/7:30c and then at it’s regular time slot on Friday’s. TGIF is back.

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Girl Meets World First Official Trailer!

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OH-EM-GEE. Disney Channel just released the first official trailer for the highly anticipated Boy Meets World spin-off, Girl Meets World.
Watch the trailer here!
As a self proclaimed Boy Meets World super fan, I was ecstatic to hear that there was going to be a spin-off of the wildly popular 90’s sitcom. For those of you who have never seen an episode of Boy Meets World, stop everything you’re doing and go watch it right now. Even though I was only a baby when the show initially aired, I grew up watching re-runs and grew to love it.
Girl Meets World is set to air on Disney Channel and focuses on the children of 90’s power couple, Cory and Topanga Matthews. Rowan Blanchard is set to play their daughter and Eonline reports that some familiar faces such as Will Friedle (Eric Matthews), Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter), and William Daniels (Mr. Feeny!) will make cameos throughout the show. (Eonline)
Disney has not announced an official premiere date, but it’s set to debut this summer!
Now time for the Feeny call…FEE-HEE-HEENAY!

– by Amanda Sikoral

(Photo & Video courtesy of Eonline)