Actor Geoff Stevens who plays Greta Garbo in Avocado Toast the series believes the more we can be honest and open about it gender and sexuality, the better it will be for people struggling with self-acceptance.
Tell us about your story in Avocado Toast. What were the main challenges and fears you had in your role?
I play a literal incarnation of classic Hollywood star Greta Garbo. While researching the role, I found out she was Swedish. (Her accent can be quite ambiguous depending on which film you’re watching.) Of course, portraying a real person, I wish to honour her and do her justice while also highlighting how marvellously dramatic and maudlin she could be in some of her great roles. Her physicality is also very unique and those iconic eyebrows... not sure if mine will ever grow back but it was worth it!
What aspects of Avocado Toast the series are you excited for an audience to experience or discover?
I believe the title of the series to be coyly deceptive because the series speaks to far more group than just millennials. There are a wide range of walks of life represented respectfully, there is hugely creative casting, and thought-provoking writing so I can’t wait to see how people respond.
Do you find it hurtful or funny when baby boomers refer to millennials as ‘snowflakes’ or when millennials dismiss baby boomer advice with a ‘Okay, boomer.’
Funny! C’mon those are both hilarious. Not being able to buy a house because of eating too much avocado toast is brilliant!!!
What are some of your favourite millennial slang and why?
They’re all great. The single word ones are particularly poignant: Lit, Mood, Goals, Dead. Of course, I’m too old to use any of them. RIP me.
Sex, sexuality, gender and different kinds of relationships are depicted in Avocado Toast the series. Why is it important to continue sharing these types of stories today?
There is still so much stigma around sexuality and gender identity and the more we can be honest and open about it, the better it will be for people struggling with self-acceptance. Protect queer youth.
Who is a major influence for you and on your creativity?
So many people.. my dog, my friends and chosen family, Amy Sedaris, Sade, Tina Turner, David Bowie, Thorgy Thor, Thierry Mugler, Pat Field, and fierce, passionate, local creators making great art.
Do you have interesting hobbies or a creative pursuit outside of acting? Tell us about it!
My partner and I started procuring and reworking vintage art a couple years ago and we absolutely love it. Check us out on Etsy, Instagram and at Arts Market Riverside.
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