With budding maturity, David Archuleta captures two years’ worth of introspection and reflection, dozens of songwriting sessions, long days spent in the studio and nights in the air, all leading to The Other Side of Down, his highly anticipated second album.
Not only the follow up to David’s 2008 self-titled debut, it’s a reintroduction to the American Idol runner-up with the angelic voice who 30 million television viewers fell in love with during season 7—now older, wiser, with faith still on his side and an eternally optimistic wide-eyed outlook. Hence, the album’s title. “For me, it’s about moving forward and making progress,” David explains. “I’m heading towards ‘the other side of down,’ which is ‘up.’”
We all love that voice. David Archuleta can sing anything. When he comes back from his mission he is going to conquer the world, one song at a time. We know he will have a phenomenal singing career. But when he has been there, done that and has a little time on his schedule, what else should he do? He could go look for his kind of perfect, you say? Maybe.
Well, I am a demanding fan. I want to put him to work – in the movies. I have always thought David would make a wonderful comedic actor, what with his “dry wit” and “oh gosh” demeanor. Or he could be a romantic lead. Just look at that face. HEARTTHROB! – if ever there was one!
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David himself has said he enjoys acting and would love to do it again.
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He has some ideas about the people he wants to act with (6:40) and has managed to overcome his fear of acting (9:20).
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And he is open to acting in a movie or series in the US.
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He didn’t say what roles he would like to play. But I think starring as the heartthrob in a romantic comedy would be perfect. I know what you are thinking. Kissing is de rigueur in romantic comedies. That might prove a bit difficult for a guy who claims he has yet to lock lips with anyone. But look at You’ve Got Mail – no kissing till the very end. With some judicious camera work and editing he could even get away with a fake kiss.
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What I wouldn’t give to see David on the big screen loping through Central Park with his dog by his side on his way to meeting the girl of his dreams. A movie soundtrack album with David singing Over the Rainbow would be icing on the cake.
For the longest time I had thought that I would be content if I could just see David in a romantic comedy. I wasn’t sure about his potential for serious drama until I saw him emote and spill those tears in Nandito Ako.
As I was writing this and casting around for an example of a dramatic role for him, I came across this announcement by 20th Century Fox that got me really excited. They are looking for someone between the ages of 18 and 22 to play a young Elvis in The Last Train to Memphis.
Elvis hopefuls are required to submit an audition tape of themselves reading some lines from the movie script and another of their singing 6 to 8 bars of a pre-1957 Elvis song. Well, we all know someone has already got the singing tape done.
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But would he ace the audition? I think 20th Century Fox should wait another 6 months to find out.
Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Do you dare step away from your computer to do something menial like oh…eat, sleep or pay a bill without feeling that you might miss something? Do you keep refreshing every minute so as not to miss a tweet? Do you feel compelled to stay in constant touch with what David is doing in The Philippines? I think it’s safe to say that we are drowning in news but that is not a complaint. He is embracing acting, the newest endeavor in his life. I’m not at all surprised that he’s loving it. From the beginning we knew that he had a natural acting ability. It was only a matter of time before it could happen. I’m amazed and beyond thrilled at how relaxed he is.
So relaxed that director Mac Alejandre had this to say about him:
“David is such a delight to work with. He knows what’s expected of him. And he’s a perfectionist. Siya mismo ang gustong umulit ng eksena [He offers to do a scene over] if he feels he can do more. If only he could stay here longer, it would be great to do a movie with him. For a first-time actor, he’s a natural.”
I remember several months ago when I read the first rumblings on Twitter about David doing a miniseries in The Philippines. For the most part, the tweets from fans there were negative. Overjoyed at the prospect of having David come there again but not so much for a soap opera type miniseries. Perhaps soaps aren’t the most revered type of TV fare but why do I know that this one will be different? Maybe because I know that David only gets involved in things with positive messages. We don’t know the entire plot of “Nandito Ako“, but I have every faith that we won’t be disappointed
We are blessed with a treasure trove of memorable projects before his mission: an English version of “Nandito Ako” called “Forever With You”, a rumored Valentine concert in Singapore and a five-week TV series including a concert scene to warm our hearts. Add to this, an appearance on Saturday on a TV show called “Will Time Big Time”.
The U.S. entertainment industry is clearly missing out on a gem of an entertainer, so versatile that everything he takes on turns out to be ridiculously amazing. He’s like the best guarded secret that will one day be impossible to ignore.
More mature and articulate than ever, twenty-one year old David Archuleta spoke yesterday in the Philippines at a press conference and with fans. It was the first time since his mission announcement he has spoken of his future plans. First, he will be working on recording new songs to release while he is away and, he has no intention whatsoever of leaving music. The mission is only for two short years, while his music will continue the rest of his life. He says of his return,
“I will definitely get into music and I already have certain projects that I’m already trying to plan for when I get back.”
Second, he answered the much speculated question of what type of mission he will serve. It will be a traditional one. I am floored. I am proud. I am wanting to shout to the world, THIS! This is what moves the world you stand on and you don’t even feel it. Sacrifice done out of love. Love that makes the world go round like the wheels of bikes that at any moment in time never stop turning.
“I will be doing what you see of those guys that you see on the bikes, with the little ties, I will be doing what they’re doing, it’s very focused, very much focused on service, serving the people, love your community, and being able to teach and it’s very much about sacrifice as well. Because you know for me it was very hard, because it was a lot to have to sacrifice, but for me that’s my personal reason why I wanted to go, is because of what you sacrifice and what you learn from sacrifice. Some of the biggest things I’ve been able to learn in my life have been through, you know, not the easiest things. And so I feel like even though this will definitely not be the easiest thing… I’m leaving a lot of things I love, not having my family life, not having, you know, the career in music, the secure things in my life, I know that I will grow a lot in a way that I haven’t been able to yet, which I’m really looking forward to.”
Whatever you think of his decision, you can not deny the faith he wields to move more than wheels, but any mountain in his way and in the end will find not only fame, which is fleeting, but glory.