PHOTOS: Emily Sandifer
STYLING: Apuje Kalu at Celestine Agency
GROOMING: Sonia Lee for Exclusive Artists
PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: Marci Manklow
LOCATION: Sunlight Studios
WORDS: Jasmine Perrier
This feature is taken from Grumpy Magazine’s ISSUE NO.15, available now
You may feel intimidated by Charlie Weber’s confidence and strong presence when you see him for the first time. But at the end of the day, you are in awe of his passion for acting, kindness and high professionalism. born in Jefferson City, Missouri, He then settled in New York. Nowadays, he is an established actor in Hollywood. Charlie Weber took risks to fulfill his great ambitions, and it paid off. A wise man once said, ‘‘Unlike every teacher you’ve had, I do believe there are stupid questions.’’ We decided to start the conversation by reminding Charlie the very first line that his character on How To Get Away With Murder ever said, which made the 41-year-old actor laugh.
You just have to be true to yourself and live your life. That’s all you’ve got
As far as Charlie can remember, he fell in love with acting and didn’t want to do anything else. ‘‘I was involved in drama as a kid, and took [drama] all the way through middle school. I was really shy and it helped me come out of my shell a bit. It’s something that I enjoyed very much,’’ he recalls. ‘‘When I got to high school, everything shifted towards musicals, and that’s not my skill set. So I sort of channeled all my energy into sports, and didn’t do drama in high school.’’ Even though he didn’t know how someone from Mid-Missouri could become an actor on a real level, he decided he would try to figure that out and gave it a shot.
Dropping out of college might be risky, especially when you aspire to pursue a career in the arts. But for Charlie who found success as a model before fully making the transition to acting, it felt like the right thing to do, and he followed his instinct. ‘‘When I was in New York, I was 19 and I thought I needed to figure out how I could keep doing this. I felt very fortunate when I started to actually make money doing it.’’ From his breakout role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer to his current work on How To Get Away With Murder as Frank Delfino, Charlie has proved that he cannot be tied to only one character, which is fascinating to the actor. We saw over the course of the six seasons of How To Get Away With Murder that Frank Delfino is one of the protagonists with the most mysterious personality and complex story. As a result, for an accurate portrayal, the actor often needs to understand and explore the decisions that his morally ambiguous character takes, which can be emotionally challenging. ‘‘I think we all have a darkness inside of us — some of us, more than others,’’ he says. ‘‘I feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to take all of that and channeling it into something creative. It’s been a real gift, to be able to explore that part of myself, but also to have a healthy place to put it. Frank has given me that gift.’’