Darren Mann, who stars as Luke in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, is stepping into a new, daring role in Giant Little Ones, coming out March 1st 2019. In this coming of age film, Darren acts across seasoned industry professionals and skillfully displays his acting chops as he brings to life Ballas Kohl, a teenage boy struggling to establish his identity. We got to sit down with Darren to ask him how he felt about his experience in this challenging role, his goals for the future, and how playing Ballas Kohl contributed to his overall worldview.
Q: With Giant Little Ones premiering March 1st, how did you enjoy your role playing Ballas Kole in the film and what is something that you learned about yourself portraying him?
A: As soon as I read Giant Little Ones, I knew playing Ballas was a special opportunity that I needed to make happen. Unfortunately, well rounded, layered characters can be tough to come by in this age bracket, so getting to play Ballas was a special opportunity for me to flex my range and skills.
Q: How would you describe the relationships you’ve created with your cast mates during the production of Giant Little Ones?
A: It was an extremely special group of castmates and crew that Keith and Allison put together to make this film. I created lifelong friendships with both castmates and crew members. It was the most beautifully run, cohesive set that I have ever been a part of, and I think that has had a direct correlation to the film’s success.
Q: How important do you think cinema still is in our current political and social landscape?
A: I think it’s a great way to open people’s minds and possibly change people’s perspectives on many relevant topics. I think it would only be beneficial if more people were exposed to the beautiful stories that “art house” and “indie films” often possess.
Q: What are some of the goals you’ve set for yourself in the future? In acting and other outside opportunities?
A: To be at peace in whatever I am doing and to keep pursuing opportunities that fuel my creativity.
Q: You’re also in one of the biggest hits of the past year on Netflix; how does it feel to be in such different cinematic formats? Do you like one more than the other?
A: Film is a where my heart is, but I think there are some really fantastic shows out there these days that give us the same cinematic qualities. It’s also great how we’re now seeing a lot more crossover with actors going back and forth from one to the other. I think TV can offer an actor a nice sense of stability.
Q: What would you like your character in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to do/be like in parts to come?
A: I think there is a great sense of mystery with Luke. I’m sure many fans would love answers to what Luke is all about and what he’s been up to. So hopefully his layers will be peeled back in the near future.
Q: As you may know, Bello Mag is a fashion and lifestyle magazine. How would you describe your clothing style?
A: Having the background of an athlete, I would describe my clothing style as urban/sporty. I like to look good, but I’m not interested in putting in a lot of effort. I also always want to be comfortable, and anything that doesn’t make me feel good wearing is getting donated.
Photographer TOMMY FLANAGAN @tommy_flanagan
Styling LUKE FUNTECHA @official_lukatonic
Grooming ELIE MALOUF @elienmaalouf