Greyson Chances Talks About How Everything ‘Clicked’ When He Made His Film Debut In ‘Maybelline Prince’
Greyson Chance has proven he can sing with two albums and countless singles, but can he act? He discusses how he bridged the two mediums in his debut feature picture role with HL EXCLUSIVELY.
Lights! Camera! Greyson! Greyson Chance, a singer-songwriter, is set to make his feature film acting debut in the upcoming film Maybelline Prince, playing Danné Montague-King.
Greyson stars alongside Robyn Cruz (Big Sky), Jamie Bernadette, and others in a retelling of the story of Evelyn Williams, an aging beauty and socialite who inspired the creation of the Maybelline makeup brand, and Danné King, an “eccentric, gay skin-care scientist,” based on Montague-novel King’s of the same name.
Their friendship would affect their lives forever, and Greyson was apprehensive about taking on such a responsibility. “At first, I was quite anxious and skeptical about taking on the [role of Danné],” he admits to HollywoodLife.
In an EXCLUSIVE interview, Greyson says, “I’ve always been a huge lover of movies, but I never imagined a scenario in which I would be acting; I didn’t think I had the skill to do so.”
“I chose to take on the role after meeting Danné…” Danné is a performer, and I’ve been doing it since I was twelve years old. “All of a sudden, it occurred to me that the two arts, singing and acting, could not be so unlike.”
Greyson has been in music videos and a few episodes of the Raising Hope TV series, but a role in a full film is a different kettle of fish. “The most difficult thing for me was maintaining my self-confidence,” he says.
“You see, with my music profession, I am the boss, and I have the last word.” With a production like this, when I’m one of 40 people on site, that wasn’t the case.
I began meditating in the mornings before going to set, as a means of pumping myself up and reminding myself that I was worthy of a seat at the table. That was the most difficult task.”
Greyson is also portraying a real person who is still alive, which is a difficulty in and of itself. When asked how he prepared for the film, he says, “I spent a few weeks studying anything and everything I could find online on Danné.” “It’s all there: videos, interviews, articles, the works.”
“Closer to the start of filming,” he continues, “I then spent a long 6-hour evening with Danné, where I came in with, I believe, approximately 100 questions.” “I’ve always been a procrastinator. I ‘walked’ with him after that encounter, as I used to say to my friends.
I’d strut about my house wearing all of my jewels and start talking like Danné, doing things I imagined he’d do and saying things I imagined he’d say. For three months, I had a distinct impression that I was him.”
Danné, Evelyn, and their narrative will most likely be introduced for the first time in Maybelline Prince. Greyson is well aware of this, and rather than seeing a problem, he sees an opportunity.
“I had no idea what the narrative was about before reading the script, and I don’t think most people will either; there’s a beauty in that ambiguity,” he explains.
“There are some life tales that are just too interesting, weird, and interdependent not to be written about… One of these tales is The Maybelline Prince. I believe it will catch folks off guard.”
“I hope kids recognize the beauty in this story and realize how incredibly wildlife can be at times,” Greyson finishes.
“As a viewer, you’ll see my character become tremendously humanized throughout the film as a result of his experiences.” Playing Danné helped me to calm down and appreciate the color in my own life; I hope that this resonates with you as well.”