Everyone’s dreamt of what powers they would choose if they could be a superhero. Sadly for most of us, we’ll only ever be comic superheroes in our daydreams. Not Asher Angel, though. The 16-year old transforms into a superhero for his latest starring role as Billy Batson in the DC Extended Universe film Shazam! When Asher Angel’s not taking over Hollywood, you can catch him playing the role of Jonah Beck on the Disney Channel TV show, Andi Mack. When he’s not acting, he might be off singing and playing a guitar somewhere. Asher’s career is just taking off, so if you’re not already swooning over him, you might be pretty soon. If you want to know more about yout soon-to-be obsession, here’s a list of everything you need to know about Asher Angel.
1. He landed a leading role in DC’s Shazam!
Asher stars as Billy Batson, a foster kid who’s summoned by a wizard who gives him magical powers. Whenever Billy calls out the name Shazam, he instantly turns into an adult superhero whose superpowers include superhuman strength and speed, among others. Asher spoke more about his character in an interview with Tiger Beat. “Billy’s had a hard life. He’s been out there in the world alone, and he’s basically fearless. That’s what I have in common with Billy surprisingly. He’s not afraid of anything. He just wants to find someone that will love and accept him, a family,” Asher said.
2. He stars as Jonah Beck on the show, Andi Mack.
Andi Mack follows the life events of a group of kids attending middle school. In the show, the main character, Andi, played by Peyton Elizabeth Lee, discovers that the girl she thought was her sister, is actually her mother. Jonah Beck plays a charming, popular kid at Jefferson Middle School, who’s also friends with Andi. Though he starts the show with a different girlfriend, he and Andi eventually start to date.
3. He was rumored to be dating his co-star, Peyton Elizabeth Lee.
Though they have crazy chemistry on the show, both Peyton and Asher claim they’re only best friends. In an interview with J-14, Asher said Peyton was like family. “Me and Peyton, we’re really, really close! She knows, like, literally, everything about me. She’s really like my sister and in the show it’s a lot different,” he told them. In a touching birthday post to Asher in 2017, Peyton said her and Asher would be friends for life.
4. He knew he wanted to act since he was 5.
His mother, Coco Angel, told Arizona Jewish Life, that Asher loved acting since he was really young. He would imitate her by yelling like her. Asher got his start as a theatre actor At the Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale, Arizona, acting in plays including the Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and Into the Woods. When he was 5, Asher asked his mom if he could go to L.A. She made a deal with him, instead, telling him “Asher, if you put in the work and do 30 [local] shows, I’ll take you out there.’ And that’s what happened,” she told Arizona Jewish Life. Asher didn’t get his big break until he was 12, when he successfully auditioned for his role on Andi Mack.
5. He’s had small roles in a bunch of other TV shows.
Asher Angel has had small roles in shows like Criminal Minds and Nicky, Ricky, Dick & Dawn. In 2008, he also appeared in the movie Jolene, opposite actress Jessica Chastain.
6. He’s a musician, too!
Asher told Tiger Beat he hopes to release a debut album really soon. His latest single, “One Thought Away” features Wiz Khalifa. Asher’s also released other singles titled “Chemistry” and “Getaway” and frequently covers popular songs, like Despacito.