I had the chance to chat with Gabriel Darku about his upcoming role on the Netflix series October Faction. Beyond that we delved a bit into his time on American Gods. Thank you to Gabriel Darku for answering all of my questions.
Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
I’m just an average small town kid turned city boy, having moved from Yellowknife to Toronto in pursuit of my passion. In my youth I never thought of becoming an actor; I excelled in music and athletics, two things that are still very much a part of my identity today. Some might describe me as highly competitive, and that definitely comes from the dedication I put in to my training growing up, and the constant influence of pushing and bettering myself. I’m a big consumer of entertainment media, as I’m sure most are. I’m big on fantasy! Love the sci-fi genre; it feels great to play a game or watch a series that lets your imagination go crazy, escaping the limitations of reality. It makes me feel like a kid again and I could never get enough.
You will be appearing in October Faction as Geoff Allen, how would you describe the series and your character?
October Faction is a story about the Allen family; Fred and Deloris are career monster hunters, unbeknownst to their kids Geoff and Viv, who believe they work as insurance agents. After an unfortunate event brings the family back to its roots, secrets emerge and unusual happenings shake the family to their core. It’s a very tragic and heartfelt story, and a smart adaptation of the graphic novels, focusing heavily on very relevant themes that I think are really going to hit home for a lot of viewers. For example, my character Geoff; he’s a very sarcastic and charismatic individual, confident and highly comfortable with himself. Yet despite this, there’s a necessity to always fit in and be loved by others; his self acceptance usually accompanies acceptance from others, and betrayals are extra painful. Despite this being a show about the supernatural, it really comes down to being a story about family, their struggles, and the consequences of harbouring secrets, and that’s what makes the show so compelling.
What were some of the standout moments for you working on the show?
For myself, easily the biggest standout was getting to work with such a phenomenal cast. Nothing feels better than having amazing scenes partners to bounce your energy off of, and everyone on this project is just stellar. Another big standout for me was doing real overnight shoots for the first time! I don’t usually drink coffee, but it basically became a necessity.
Our readers might also recognize you from another Netflix series, Slasher. Could you discuss your season and your role as Connor? What was it like being in a horror based series?
Slasher: Solstice was such an incredible experience, from start to finish. I’ve always been a fan of horror and thrillers, and getting to be a part of such a project was a dream. It was also VERY messy; I remember filming scenes covered in fake blood, breaking for lunch and having to eat lunch still covered in blood because showering would just be a waste of time, not to mention it would ruin continuity. Just thinking about it now, the amount of blood and guts I saw on that set was astounding. Not to mention the stunts; I was in a scene where a person was set aflame. Actually witnessing a stunt person go up in flames right in front of you — despite knowing it’s a stunt — is pretty jarring. As an actor on that set, it definitely wasn’t hard to get into the right headspace for those kinds of scenes, which honestly felt incredible. Especially since I play a very layered character; it takes a lot of energy to get into those deep, dark places and to stay there. Slasher brought challenges that I had yet to face on any set, which makes me even more appreciative of my time on that project.
Could you share a bit about your time and role on American Gods?
I’ve never felt more professional than I have on that set. Which feels weird for me to say; despite whatever material I may be working on, I try to associate my time on set with “play” rather than “work”. But I did notice that I took that job pretty seriously. It’s funny, thinking back to it now, I remember booking that role and thinking wow, this one’s going to be important. And then getting started and realizing the story I was responsible for telling. I also very much enjoyed the challenge of playing the younger version of an already established character, having watched and absorbed what Ricky did with Shadow and yet knowing that I still needed to make my own discoveries of exactly what this boy went through to become the man we know now. What an amazing story, American Gods. Mystical and mysterious, and filled with societal relevance. Definitely a must-see.
Where can our readers keep up with you online?
I’m on Instagram and Twitter! Follow me @GabrielDarku to stay up to date with all my work!