Keon Mohajeri is one of TIFF’s Rising Star Actors. “There are 4 of us. It’s me and 3 women. It’s been fantastic. They treat us really well and it’s just…fantastic.”
Aside from the Rising Star treatment, he’s also promoting the critically acclaimed film Circumstance, which goes into release October 7th.
So are you getting used to this now that you’re one of TIFF’s Rising Stars?
“I’ve realised that it’s something you have to train to get used to. It’s kind of strange having people look at you, but I’m getting used to it.”
Wait a minute, you’re an actor!
“I know, but it’s different in front of a camera here and then having a hoard of people staring at you.”
Well, because in this case you’re technically playing yourself and not a character.
“It’s true, it’s true. Maybe I should put on a character, maybe I should have an alter-ego.”
You know, a lot of rock stars do that.
“Ya, ya, maybe I will, maybe I will. But not yet. Right now it’s just me, you’re getting the real thing.”
So you’ve got this film that’s doing incredibly well, what are your next plans?
“Ah…I can’t talk about it.”
Are you just going back to being a struggling actor then?
“No, NO! Things are going really well. I have a couple of features that I’m attached to now, that we’ll be hopefully announcing in the next few weeks. But, ah, for now we’re just riding the TIFF wave.”
Alright. Awesome. Thank you. Do you have any favourite Canadian filmmakers?
“I have one that I’m watching and hoping to do a project with soon, Penelope Buitenhuis, you’ve probably heard of her before -she’s done fantastic stuff. I’m looking forward to working with her. There’s a script that we’re working on, so I feel like she’s exciting.”
He smiles, thanks me and moves on to the next reporter. Oh young TIFF film makers? You could learn a thing or two from Keon…