We recently sat down with the talented and humble Aditya Lohia about his acting inspirations and the requirements to remain at the top in such a tough business. Here is what he had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how and when did you first get into performing?
I’m not 100% sure when it really started, but I guess as a young kid, I enjoyed mimicking my relatives whenever they would come to visit. When they left I would do impressions of them in front of my family and make them laugh. However, I really wanted to play cricket and while I was good at it, I wasn’t good enough to make it to the top. So I decided to take a summer workshop in the Philippines for acting and I loved it. So from that point on, I was sure I wanted to be an actor.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Robert De Niro, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio. I really love most films unless they are absolutely terrible. These artists were some of the first people that I heard about and who influenced me. I love all of Kubrick’s films, there is something new in all of his films. Also, Scorsese is a director who builds great characters in his movies and It’s always fun watching them.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
The International Academy of Film and TV and a 2 year conservatory at Stella Adler NYC. They were entirely different experiences but enriching for me, nonetheless. The workshop was introductory, so it was like a stepping stone, while Stella Adler really helped me take my craft to the next level.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Biff from Death of a Salesman. I think I can identify with how he feels. It’s also one of my favorite plays because I can relate to all the characters from it. In many ways, I think it’s the ultimate play because the characters are so well written and it’s so much easier to perform. It’s almost actor-proof.
What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?
Working with a top Morrocan artist, Ahmed Chawki, in a music video and working on the film Greed. Both were amazing and enriching experiences for me as I learned so many different things as an actor being part of both of these shoots.
What projects do you have coming up?
I’m in talks to play lead roles in a couple of films. It’s interesting but I don’t want to jump the gun and say anything. There is also a web series coming up in which I play one of the most interesting characters. I’m also wrapping up a short soon. There is also a TV Show which I can’t reveal too much about, that will start shooting soon.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Robert De Niro, because there is just so much that can be learned from a veteran like him who I have admired for such a long time. He has played diverse characters and also mostly dramatic roles earlier in his career.
What are your plans for the future?
To keep doing what I m doing and pursuing my goals in Los Angeles, I’m interested in both TV and Film and I want to keep working hard. These are the most important requirements to be at the top because acting is a constant learning process.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Just work incredibly hard, keep at it and never give up. It’s easy to leave acting because it can be difficult in the beginning, but as you grow, you’ll enjoy it more and more and it will become very rewarding.