‘A Week Away’s Kevin Quinn On Rediscovering His Religion & Extra – Hollywood Life

‘A Week Away’ is a success amongst Netflix-watching teenagers. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with breakout star Kevin Quinn about his journey along with his religion, a sequel, and extra.

A Week Away is a Netflix film that everybody’s speaking about. The teenager musical dropped in March 2021 and have become an on the spot hit with younger audiences. The movie follows troubled teen Will Hawkins as he heads to a Christian summer season camp the place he discovers music, new mates, love, religion, and extra.

HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Kevin Quinn about his journey with Will and the way he practically performed a unique character. He additionally opened up about his relationship along with his religion and the way A Week Away helped him in “rediscovering” his religion. Learn our Q&A under:

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Kevin Quinn stars as Will in ‘A Week Away.’ (Photographer: Daniel Prakopcyk)

What was it about this position on this undertaking that actually stood out to you? 
Kevin Quinn: I feel for me it was the layers to Will’s character after I learn the script. So lots of people don’t know this, however I auditioned for the position of Sean initially. He’s type of just like the unhealthy man, and I used to be really provided the half. However I requested to learn a script. I used to be like, I simply need to make certain that that is the correct position for me if I take it, and the entire time I learn the script I used to be studying it with Sean in thoughts, however I simply did that actor factor the place I saved gravitating towards Will’s traces. I used to be like, they may have provided me the fallacious character. So I requested if I might audition for Will’s character, and so they have been like, no, we expect we wish extra of a Charlie Sheen kind with darkish hair, darkish eyes. And I used to be like, simply give me an opportunity to audition and I’ll do my greatest after which we will reassess. So that they agreed. After which after two callbacks, I used to be provided that half, and I feel for me, it was the layers to Will. I began in Chicago drama doing stage productions in Chicago. I began with drama, type of took a break to do a multi-cam comedy with Disney, which was nice on the time. I used to be like, now that my time with Disney is up, I’d actually like to remain related to the teenager viewers however do one thing somewhat bit grittier. I felt like Will was that character. You felt emotional watching a few of his scenes. I simply needed a few scenes like that, and that was sufficient for me to fall in love with the character.

What’s your musical background? Have you ever at all times been interested by musical performances?
Kevin Quinn: It’s a extremely bizarre story. I’ve been singing for so long as I can bear in mind, even identical to round the home and stuff. My dad is an enormous music man, so he would present me every kind of nice music at a really younger age. However I feel for me, it was like music was simply one thing I at all times did, particularly singing. I by no means actually had any skilled appearing expertise or something like that. I used to be very into cinema at a younger age. As an adolescent, I used to be watching Baz Luhrmann motion pictures, stuff that Brian Grazer would produce. It wasn’t like the everyday stuff {that a} 10-year-old child can be watching, however I at all times had an curiosity in it. However the music took a backseat to the appearing as a result of the appearing simply type of labored out first. I did American Idol, which led to a possibility with an agent in Chicago. I by no means actually thought I might change into an actor myself. I had a dream. However the appearing simply labored out first in the long run, and now I’m lastly revisiting the music.

That’s proper, you have been on American Idol. It’s been nearly 10 years because you auditioned. 
Kevin Quinn: I used to be the youngest contestant. I turned 15 two weeks earlier than my audition, so I used to be barely eligible. I’m solely 23. But it surely’s been nearly 10 years. I used to be simply so naive. I look again on myself, and I feel that’s type of why I made it so far as I did as a result of I simply was too younger to take it significantly. Like, after I bought eradicated, I noticed among the older contestants who have been actually bummed and crying and stuff. I bear in mind I bought eradicated, and I used to be bummed, however then 30 minutes later, I used to be asking about meals vehicles. I simply by no means took it too significantly, which is the irony.

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Kevin Quinn in ‘A Week Away.’ (Netflix)

I seen you have been chronicling your journey with the movie, and also you wrote the way you have been coping with quite a bit at the moment in your life once you filmed this. How did you are taking these feelings and put them into that efficiency?
Kevin Quinn: It’s attention-grabbing as a result of folks watch the movie and it’s emotional, however I feel it clearly stays true to the teenager vibe. It by no means goes too deep. However for me, it did. This was essentially the most dramatic position I’d gotten to do shortly, however I used to be coping with type of an existential disaster. Looking back, I’ve talked to folks about this, a few of my older mates who’re of their 30s or 40s, even my mother and father, they’re all like your 20s are a big interval of change and progress in your life. I skilled lots of stuff. I had some well being struggles. I skilled grief for the second time after I misplaced a good friend, I had lots of questions on life and existence. It sounds actually anxiety-inducing, however that’s the place I used to be at. I used to be experiencing this for the primary time in my early 20s. I by no means thought of that stuff. As a child, you’re naive, like the child I used to be on American Idol as an illustration. You simply float, and we don’t query a lot, however once you get to a sure age the place you have got the information to ask questions, it was shifting my world paradigm. I used to be identical to, I bought to take them into this character, all that weight.

Did the movie change your emotions about religion, or did this position make you look deeper into religion over the course of filming?
Kevin Quinn: My religion journey was in all places. I grew up praying earlier than I even knew what I used to be doing. Now that I’ve religion once more, and I’ll get into the bumpy street in a second right here… However now that I do have religion once more, I’ve talked with individuals who share my religion, and so they stated, look, even once you’re not there, God is. Even for those who don’t know he’s there, he’s there. I spotted that was true on reflection as a result of even after I went by means of an enormous roadblock with my religion and questioned the very existence of God, considering we’re all simply organic creatures, we reside and die, no matter. The deeper I went into that rabbit gap of there should be no God or religion is fallacious or it’s not price any of that, that’s when my religion grew to become stronger. It sounds so cliche. However after I was within the darkest pit that’s the place I discovered God once more. In order that alone shifted my worldview, and I felt like A Week Away was a part of that journey as a result of it got here into my life on the excellent time after I was rediscovering my religion.

What was it like working with Bailee Madison and collaborating on these intense and emotional moments within the film? 
Kevin Quinn: Bailee is a really affected person particular person. I ought to say that, and God love her for that. After I was going by means of all that stuff and taking it into filming, she was so receptive. I felt like if something, she pushed me in the direction of a greater efficiency. I prefer to assume that I pushed her too, however that’s what chemistry is meant to do. You’re supposed to boost one another’s performances, and I at all times felt like we had a stable friendship and a connection. I feel the producers have been equally thrilled after they noticed that chemistry within the last minimize. She’s the most effective capturing associate I might ask for.

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Kevin Quinn with Bailee Madison. (Netflix)

The film leaves issues large open for a sequel. Do you have got something in thoughts for a sequel that you’d need to discover?
Kevin Quinn: Whenever you make a film like this, and I hate to learn evaluations, however I did see one evaluate that hit the nail on the pinnacle. He stated one thing like, that is so just like Excessive College Musical proper right down to the sequel prompting element. I used to be like that’s so true. So after all, we thought of that. We’ve thought of making a world round Camp Aweegaway, these characters, and introducing extra characters. I feel that was at all times the plan that the producers had, to not converse on their behalf. However I imply, so far as the sequel goes, I might identical to it to be greater and higher. I might like to dive even deeper into Will’s story. I really feel like we solely bought a glimpse of it, and I might really need there to be some deep character arcs or deep character developments that simply make it a stronger movie. I’d love for there to be extra dancing. I at all times love dancing, and I’m hoping the choreographer places somewhat extra belief in me this time. She was so nice, however she was taking part in it secure and she or he was proper to do this, however I feel after she noticed the ultimate minimize as effectively of what we might do, I feel she’s going to have the ability to belief us somewhat bit extra with tougher choreography.

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