We get up close and personal with the lead actor of EQUUS[R18], Ethan Chia.
What drew you to the role?
I can't quite remember what it was that initially drew me to the role, but I'm pretty sure it was because I knew it would be a challenge for me. Not just in terms of acting ability, but emotionally as well. I knew that playing the character Alan would require me to confront the side of me which I have been hiding from for a long time, and so I can safely say that my portrayal of Alan will come from a place of truth.
How does it feel to be acting in an acclaimed play like this one, especially with such a long list of famous actors having starred in it before you?
I feel incredibly blessed. The team working on this staging is already immensely talented and to be given the opportunity to work with them is nothing short of an honor. I would say that I feel a very positive pressure to perform well and the pressure comes more from the talent of this production team than the talent that was present in past stagings.
What are your thoughts on the character and his struggles?
Alan has managed to forge for himself something which is truly unique to him which very few people manage to achieve. Through this, he has discovered for himself everything that we aim to experience in life: true passion and self-actualization. This is easy when Alan is in a world where he makes the rules. But the struggles unfold when he infringes upon the rules of the outside world and everyone wants to pry apart his world and question his intentions.
I understand this is your major theatrical debut. How has the transition from TV/filming to the stage been and how are you handling it?
I've actually been doing theatre since I was a child, so I'm not as afraid of the stage as I am of the camera which I am still relatively new to. But I have never done anything this big before, so that in itself is quite daunting. I am handling it fairly well, I think. As I continue going through the script, I get more and more comfortable and excited about the piece.
In your own words, how would you describe this to first time theatre-goer as a can't-miss?
Equus will make you change the way you see things. Come and see the boundaries of raw human emotion.