Interview by Sierra Zaccagnino | Submitted by Tucker Brown Nomination by Rob Brown | Photography by Teerage Photography California
The Nomination: When he was 12 years old he told his mother and I that all he wanted to do for the rest of his life was act, sing and dance. For the last two winters and now the end of summer through December he has been and will be in Los Angeles chasing his dream. The determination to march to the beat of his own drum and chart his own path no matter what anyone may say about it is truly an inspiration.
How and when did you first become interested in performing? I was about six, and I saw High School Musical for the first time. I remember thinking I would love to do that. I have Zac Efron to thank for this.
What has been the biggest challenge in pursuing your dreams? In the beginning it was location, I am originally from Mississippi.
How have you worked to overcome any challenges? I now spend a lot of the year in LA so location isn’t as much of a challenge.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone else who wants to follow his or her own dream and branch out? Most of the time we all feel like we must be like everyone else. We must fit in and do what everyone else is doing. People like to put us in boxes, and the bet piece of advice I can give anyone is to believe that there is no box. We were all made different and we must be who we were born to be otherwise we are just existing and not living.
What on your resume are you most proud of? I have had some amazing people help me and coach me along this journey. The team that I have around me now is what I am most proud. They are as committed to my success as I am.
What is hands down the most exciting experience you have in LA so far? I got to spend three nights on the set of American Ninja Warrior when it filmed at Universal Studios. I got to meet most of the Ninjas which was amazing since I am a huge fan of the show.
Zandie Hall and Emma Dickinson interview Hudson Loverro for the 2017 Winter Issue of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth, Jenny Lee Stern, Lin-Manuel Miranda. These are just some of the big Broadway stars, and Hudson Loverro is on his way to becoming a Broadway star with them! At just age 9 Hudson had his first role in the hit off Broadway production of A Christmas Story, followed by the national tour of Kinky Boots. Most recently he made his Broadway debut playing the young Chazz in the smash hit A Bronx Tale.
1. How did you get into acting? “ My older sister Audrey inspired me to be a performer.” Hudson said she was in local community performances and wanted to be like her. “ I had always been into dancing and have had lessons since I was 4 and now I am taking singing lessons. I wanted to be like her and she was my inspiration to perform.”
2. Do you find any challenges in the demanding schedule of being a performer? Hudson replied, “Yes of course! It has been very hard, but my family has handled this extremely well.” Hudson told us,” “My family has been so supportive through this amazing opportunity. They have helped me on tour while juggling school work .”
3. How long have you been preforming? “I’ve loved preforming my entire life. I started dancing and singing around the age of 4. I also did small community performances like my older sister. I played Ralphie’s younger brother in A Christmas Story at a local theater near my house. I auditioned for the role of young Chazz in A Bronx Tale and got the part. Before that I also traveled the country performing in Kinky Boots.”
4. What is it like before, after and during a show? “Before the show is a very special feeling. Whether it’s a small or a big show, it’s always exciting,” Hudson told us. “During the show it feels amazing to know that you made at least one person’s day and everyone is happy. After the show, it is an amazing feeling when people ask for an autograph and say they loved your show! Seeing their happy faces just makes you happy. It’s also a feeling I’ll never take for granted,” Hudson said.
5. Is it hard juggling your acting and your school work? “When I was on tour, it was really hard with all the shows and school. My mom had to home school me and I had a tutor at the set. I had a hard time finding time for sleep. My family really helped though and I couldn’t have done it without them!”
6. What was it like traveling for the show? “It was really amazing and such a great experience! It was the hardest on my family because we did have to travel a lot and they couldn’t always come. Finding family nearby or somewhere to stay was hard also. I had a great time performing though and it was awesome!”
7. What is your dream role to someday play? “ I would love to star in Les Miserables as Jean Valjean someday.”