One look at Anson Paul’s tall, well-built physique, good looks and the air of easy confidence he carries with him, and one word comes to mind — model. Yes, he has done celebrity photo shoots and has walked the ramp, but he emphatically states that he was never a model.
One of the biggest misconceptions about Anson and one he is trying hard to clear is his model-turned-actor tag. He debuted as an actor three years ago through the Malayalam film KQ. He had faced some unpleasant circumstan ces during the making of that film which steeled his resolve to prove himself in tinsel town. Many ups and downs later, Anson has got all his ducks in a row.
His performance in Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam caught eyeballs and paved the way for further work not only in Malayalam but also Tamil. Anson will be seen in a meaty role in the film Oozham opposite Prithviraj. Kollywood has beckoned with the film Remo in which he plays a character with grey shades.
A promo shoot for a magazine cover and his performance in Su Su... caught the eyes of the makers of Remo and he was called for an audition. Not many know that Anson is based in Chennai now and can speak Tamil like a native, which is why he dubbed for Remo. “The offer of Oozham came when I was shooting for Remo and I certainly could not say no to Jeethu Joseph. There were a lot of other offers I declined, for Remo has me donning different looks and I did not want to mix up my looks.”
He believes in experimenting with his looks and his physique. He jokingly narrates how he worked hard to build a six pack and then was asked to put on 12 kilos to play a mature role in Su Su… and then he had to lose 12 kilos for Oozham and Remo. “People should talk about your characters and it is important to change your looks for that!”
Oozham was shot in a lot of locations across Kerala and India and Anson had to travel a lot. “I used to shoot at night for Remo and fly down in the mornings for Oozham. Jeethu knows exactly what he wants in terms of extracting performances from his actors. I learnt how to turn into a director’s actor. I could explore various sides to my acting potential. I am also a big fan of Prithviraj. He loves to experiment and knows a lot about cinema. I learnt a lot from both of them.”...