Interview by @Rmediavilla, w/ actor #NikDodani on his role of #JaredKalwani from the Universal Picture’s movie “Dear Even Hansen”. #DearEvanHansenMovie @DEHMovie

Interview by Rafy Mediavilla w/ actor Nik Dodani on his role of Jared Kalwani from the Universal Picture’s movie “Dear Even Hansen”, Where we spoke about what translated from the play to the movie, Jared sarcastic friendship with Evan, and working alongside Ben Platt.

The breathtaking, generation-defining Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age.

Out today in cinemas in Puerto Rico, & tomorrow in the USA.


Criticólogos:

Did you have the chance to watch the play, or did they give you a play before coming into the movie?

Nik Dodani:

No, so actually I never saw the show on Broadway, I had listened to the music, and I was a big fan of the cast album, but I had never seen it live. But after I got the job, I did something I wasn’t supposed to do, I looked up the bootleg version online. And then I watched that because I had to.

Criticólogos:

Let’s talk about Jared. how much of what you got from the bootleg version you translate it into the movie side Jared?

Nik Dodani:

Uhm, you know I think what will Roland do so brilliantly? Was a freeing humor to such a heavy story and I really wanted to be able to achieve the same thing. But of course, in film it’s very different, cause you’re a lot closer here. Up-close and personnel you’re in there here and in everybody faces and the moments just land heavier and so the challenge for me was to figure out how best to be funny and then bring the comedic relief, but still stay true to the tone of the film and stay true to the world of itself.

Criticólogos:

[Talking about Jared being a sarcastic friend] How much of it was just something that you brought from yourself into the character? Or were you just taking instructions from the director?

Nik Dodani:

I would say it was truly a collaborative process between, you know the words on the page that Steven Levinson wrote, and the direction that Stephen Hawking, the director gave, and then also me bringing my own life experiences and my own sense of humor to it. I think that’s working together, we really found the chair that that’s in the film. You know, I think a lot of the credit goes to Stephen Levinson, the screenwriter who also wrote the book on Broadway. He just had such a specific vision for every character in the film, no matter how big or small.

Criticólogos:

I want to talk about if possible, about the kart racing scene. I think that was fun. that was fun, right?

Nik Dodani:

That was the most fun. That was the most fun to shoot too, cause we? Got to spend a whole day rehearsing. which basically was just, you know, riding go karts for a full day, which I actually shot it, it was really cool because we got to shoot it for the cameras and the cameras were racing in front of us and behind us, and you know, we had to have the string while we were doing It was just a really, really fun couple days.

Criticólogos:

Obviously, you had to work side by side with Ben. What did you were able to grasp from him? Understanding that he came from the play to the movie. Did you interact with him outside the cameras and were you able to learn something from him at that time?

Nik Dodani:

Yeah, absolutely, we definitely got to spend a lot of time together outside of work because you know we were in a brink at the height of pandemic. We were in a very strict bubble and so the cast got to spend a lot of time together and it wa a really lovely experience and in terms of learning from Ben, I mean just watching him work is a master class and acting. You know he’s lived with this character for seven years. I think at this point and watching him went back into that character, but also still finding something new, was a really educational experience.

Criticólogos:

What does mental health mean for you, specifically for Nick? What does that mental health mean for you, about reaching out and speaking about mental health means to you?

Nik Dodani:

That’s awesome, that wasn’t something that I thought a lot about. You know I struggled with anxiety and struggled with depression. You know, I think a lot of folks do and it’s always something that’s on my mind and It’s the state of being that comes and goes and can be achieved through a lot of intentional work, and mindfulness and that it’s really important to always be aware of yourself and to really love yourself.

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