Sawyer Avery, Son of Steven Spielberg, Makes His Off-Broadway Acting Debut

sawyer-averyI definitely respect when the child of someone famous in entertainment uses a different name in order to avoid any expectations (good or bad) audiences might have of your work.  But it’s a bit more difficult to get away with it these days when anyone can Google your name.  Then again, when you do a lengthy interview with the New York Post about your stage name, well, it’s not like you’re trying to hide your famous pedigree all that much, right?

That’s the case for Sawyer Avery, who is the youngest son of directing icon Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, who is making his off-Broadway debut in Belgrade Trilogy at the 4th Street Theatre.  As for why he dropped his last name for his performing name, he explains, “It was a very conscious decision.  I wanted to tell my own story and have my own little journey and my own little adventure. Sometimes the last name can be a little bit distracting…”

Of course, Avery has no desire to completely distance himself from his famous father and mother.  He points out, “No matter if I’m Sawyer Avery or Joe Schmidt or whatever my name is, my dad will always be a big part of my life…  It is a big name and there will be a lot of noise around it. But as long as I stay focused, I can handle it.”  Thankfully, they’ve always been supportive of his pursuits, and he adds, “They’ve always been very open to all my decisions, all my choices and I’m very thankful.  It’s been a gift.”

Avery also has had more challenges than just overcoming the association with his father.  He reveals, “I grew up with dyslexia.  So when it comes to reading plays and analyzing plays, it’s always a little harder for me sometimes, so I feel accomplished when I analyze a play in a good way.”  Acting has also added much to his life, and Avery praises what he’s learned from it, saying, “Acting teaches you how to be human because you learn how to talk, you learn how to walk, you learn how to communicate and so it’s just been a great thing for me to do to, you know, ground myself.”

So why doesn’t Avery follow in his father’s footsteps by stepping behind the camera or, if he wants to act, starring in films?  Well, Avery admits that he finds himself drawn to theater.  He explains,”There’s so much magic that happens onstage that you don’t get in movies.”

 
Belgrade Trilogy runs through September 22 at New York’s 4th Street Theatre (83 E. 4th Street)

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Linnea-Berthelsen-Stranger-Things.jpg
Linnea Berthelse on Her ‘Stranger Things’ Audition and Keeping Her Role a Secret for a Year
“Sometimes when actors don’t get the part, it’s not always about an actor being a bad actor; it’s about connecting to the material.” – Linnea Berthelsen Stranger Things is back on our screens with its second season, something fans have been waiting for ever since season one arrived on Netflix in 2016. Returning to the […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/jonathan-groff-hamilton.jpg
Jonathan Groff on Playing King George III in ‘Hamilton’: “I rehearsed for about a day, and then went into the show”
Can you even imagine stepping into a role in one of the biggest Broadway hits of all time with barely any time to prepare?
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/lina-esco-swat.jpg
Lina Esco on Playing the Only Female Officer on ‘S.W.AT.’: “I have to portray her as someone equal to all of the guys on her team”
"The important thing for me when I read scripts is how much respect I have for the character and how far I can take her" - Lina Esco
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/sam-rockwell-three-billboards.jpg
Sam Rockwell on Typecasting and One of His Worst Auditions
"I’m kind of a workhorse. It takes a toll" - Sam Rockwell
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/rachel-bloom-crazy-ex-girlfriend.jpg
Rachel Bloom: “The way that I learned comedy was not rigid, but this very specific technique taught by the Upright Citizens Brigade”
"I went from being a person who was doing moderately successful videos online and working as a moderately successful TV writer and aspiring to do this to having a Golden Globe." - Rachel Bloom