How he landed the role of a lifetime
After watching him star as Jonah in Andi Mack, and seeing him sing his heart out on “Snowglobe Wonderland,” we knew that Asher was destined for international superstardom.
But what we didn’t know – was how soon it would actually happen.
In the same month that we did his cover shoot, Asher got the script for the highly-anticipated film adaptation of DC Comic’s beloved story, Shazam. It centers around Billy Batson, a boy who’s going through a difficult time, when he suddenly discovers that he can become an adult superhero after uttering one simple word: Shazam!
Because Asher was filming Season 2 of Andi Mack in Utah, he initially auditioned by putting himself on tape for the role. Shazam’s director, David F. Sandberg, immediately saw something special in Asher, and after a few more self-tapes, Asher flew to Los Angeles to meet with him. “It was so much fun,” says Asher. “I just felt so comfortable.”
The following day, Asher returned for another meeting, this time with Warner Brothers executives. “We were leaving to back to Utah and I got the call,” he smiles. “I was shook, to be honest!”
For two weeks, Asher had to keep the blockbuster role a secret, but it wasn’t easy. “I couldn’t wait for people to know,” he shares. And when the news hit, Asher got a warm welcome from fans of the comic, who felt he was the perfect choice for Billy Batson. “It was amazing,” he says of the reception. “I’m really fortunate.”
And that’s exactly why we love Asher. He’s so incredibly humble and grateful for his success.
He’s also one of the hardest-working guys in Hollywood: On the same day he finished filming Season 2 of Andi Mack in Utah, he flew to Toronto to start working on Shazam. “If your heart tells you to do it, go for it,” he says. “Don’t be afraid. Put your mind to it, work hard, and you can make it. Anything is possible.” And Asher is walking proof.