Christopher Sean talks Days of Our Lives, Star Wars, What's next for him, life and much more! Read more here --->
I was super excited and nervous when I heard that I was getting the chance to speak with Christopher Sean. Christopher has been one of my favorite actors since his first day as Paul Narita on Days of Our Lives. His acting constantly blew me away and he truly seemed like he was just the nicest person. And I am here to tell you that I am now one hundred percent convinced that Christopher Sean is one of the sweetest people on this planet. We had a wonderful chat about his path to get where he is and some special projects in the works. We also talked about Star Wars as well as his thoughts on Days of Our Lives and if he would ever make a return.
"I wanted to be an actor since I was a kid, but I didn't know how to actually do it," Christopher said about his beginning into acting. "I started off as just a kid who tried modeling and failed terribly." It's hard to believe now when you see him perform on screen, but he said that he was really nervous to use words when he first started acting. You have to learn to walk before you can run so, he opted through the advisement of agents to try for commercials first before jumping into theatrical work. Christopher said that he wanted to build up his resume as much as he could to wow the people he would audition for. This included him taking part in reality TV shows and beauty pageants, where he was crowned Mr. Asia USA back in 2007.
Eventually, Sean landed a recurring role on the CBS hit Hawaii 5-0, where he played antagonist Gabriel Waincroft. "Bad guys are a lot of fun." He had to say about his character. "There's nothing cooler than an intelligent, charismatic and deadly antagonist." Christopher said that because of his upbringing where he moved constantly due to his father being in the NAVY that he was often guarded and that he felt that he had to protect himself. So, he pretended to be the tough guy and that it came second hand to him while playing roles like Gabriel and Colton from Amazon's The Bay.
Christopher took a great deal of knowledge away from his time on Hawaii 5-0. He credits all of the cast for helping him in some way especially co-star Daniel Dae Kim. He stated that he would constantly ask Daniel for advice on acting techniques, but that what he took away most from the actor was how he interacted with fans. Sean stated that he would see Daniel always so present and willing to speak or take pictures with fans. "He said 'well, you can be that actor who doesn't or that actor who does'. It just comes down to who you want to be in this world, and you make the choice and do it." Christopher really took that advice to heart and says that the fans are one of the most important things to him. "I'm always going to be that person. Just like Daniel Dae Kim."
Christopher then transitioned to the lovable Paul Narita on Days of Our Lives in 2014 where he said that he was so excited to land the role. "I was like this is incredible. This is amazing. This is my first real thing." He called the opportunity the Hollywood story because a ton of major celebrities have gotten their start on soap operas.
The character of Paul Narita quickly became an important one for so many viewers. Paul came out as a gay man in early 2015. Christopher said that growing up he had friends who were gay but were afraid of being themselves and because of that, he had a deep personal attachment to the story. In regards to the beautifully done scene where Paul came out to his mother and Grandfather, he said "I wanted to make sure that I did it properly. I remember running those lines over and over and over." He wanted to have the lines down perfectly so he could put his focus on the connection and the emotion of the scene. "I was just lucky to be a part of it."
Days fans will remember that back in January Christopher posted a story of him on the set of Days of Our Lives. We were all hoping that meant that Paul would be making a quick stop in Salem for the first time since leaving in 2018, but according to him, that was not the case. Christopher said that he was on the lot to audition for a new role and decided to stop by his old stomping grounds to say hello to people. We, of course, asked him whether or not he would like to bring Paul back to the show in the future. "I would absolutely love to come back some time as Paul. There's no place like home and Days of Our Lives was home for me." He talked about how he would love to hang out with Drake Hogestyn, Freddie Smith, Chandler Massey and many more again.
The character of Paul Narita is an important one in daytime television. He not only represents the LGBTQ community but the Asian-American community as well. And it would be fantastic to have a character like him back in Salem. So, what about a recast? "It's not my decision to make, and in the end, if they do that...to me that [would be] a beautiful thing. I think it's important."
Christopher also talked about his admiration for his on-screen father Drake Hogestyn. "I really truly think Drake Hogestyn is a phenomenal actor and I think he deserves as much screentime as possible. He's just such a strong presence. He's very paternal. He loves and cares for everyone on set." He would love to see the relationship between Paul and his father John Black grow. "So, if they ever [recast] I [would] have zero negativity in my heart. I would hope to just come back as a twin brother or something."
Since Christopher left Days of Our Lives he has entered the vast and iconic world of Star Wars, where he voices Kazuda Xiono on the animated series Star Wars Resistance. With his casting in the role, he became the first actor of Asian heritage to lead the cast of a Star Wars production. We asked him about his part in breaking new ground for diversity in Hollywood. "For me, it feels like I am not knocking a large enough hole in the wall." He credited organizations like the Gold House Collective and CAPE for their amazing work in supporting Asian Americans in business and culture. "There's a lot of people doing a lot of things and I'm just one of the small voices doing things like this." Sean expressed how important the work is to him. "Growing up as a kid I did not have anyone who looked like me on television. I didn't have any role models. With television being such an important part of what dictates what's cool and what's not if you don't see someone that looks like you...you quickly are forgotten. And it does do quite a psychological number on you."
"Inclusion matters. Diversity matters." And Christopher praises the people behind Star Wars Resistance for doing their part in the cause by hiring such a culturally diverse cast. "More and more children are starting to feel like they can do anything because they see themselves everywhere."
The major impact of the show is the most important thing to him, but the cool factor of being part of the Star Wars universe is not lost on Christopher. "It's really cool. I'm not gonna lie." He claimed to have the action figure, comics and other merchandise in a little shrine to remind him how blessed he is to have the role. He also spoke about the brand new Star Wars Resistance Racer game that was released on the DisneyNOW app this week. He let us in on who the secret character in the game is. "I'm not gonna say his name is Poe Dameron or anything, but it might be. The greatest pilot in the galaxy."
Christopher has also been hard at work on some pretty cool projects. "I'm trying to dip my hand in every cookie jar." He said one of the biggest projects in the works is a horror film with his girlfriend Laneya Arvizu. He compared his love of Disney to her love of horror films. He conveyed how he wanted more of a connection with her and what she was interested in so they set out working on the project together. The project has taken some time to get rolling, but things are moving fast now. And Christopher is excited for whenever he gets the chance to share it with everyone.
Another really important project to Christopher is his non-profit Movie Magic that is in the works. The premise of the non-profit is about inclusion for everyone. "They're cutting Special Needs programs from public schools, and I think that's horrendous. I thought how do I raise money to help this." Sean who has a sister with Down Syndrome understands just how important it is for schools to have special needs programs. "There are so many people that change the world who were special needs. We just have to continue to give to them."
Christopher thought about how people like his sister don't often see themselves represented on television or in art. "I put my sister in a feature film that I produced a while ago and she felt like a celebrity. She felt like a star. She walked the red carpet like Marilyn Monroe and she just felt so cool. And to me that was everything. And I wanted to share that experience." This experience led to the concept of having handicapable people being recorded answering questions about who they would want to be in the Star Wars universe. And those chosen from the participants will get drawn into the Star Wars universe by volunteer licensed artists of Star Wars. Once those prints are complete they will be sold at conventions and all of the money made would go to funding special needs programs in public schools. He got the chance to pitch his idea to The Peter Mayhew Foundation and they loved it. The idea is beautifully important and as someone who has a family member with special needs, it truly touched my heart.
If you keep up with Christopher on social media than you know that he stays pretty busy so we asked him what life is like for him when he is not working. "Well, I have my love, Laneya. We have the kids Victoria, Thomas, and Samuel. We wake up and we hit the gym hard." He talked about how once they work on what needs to be done in the day he will then unwind by playing video games or watching anime. And after that? Well, he and his love, Laneya, will sit together and devise plans to conquer the world.
And as for those plans to conquer the world...well, those start within himself. "I think business, personal and spiritual are the three aspects of life." He wants to keep in shape physically and to be prepared for any opportunity that comes his way. He wants to continue to develop himself and to aid others in developing themselves. His goals for his career are to get his movie made as well as work on his non-profit. He is always looking for more roles especially those that represent what matters. And he wants to better himself spiritually and mentally as well. "I'm always trying to better myself more than [I was] yesterday."
Christopher had a message for his supporters too. "My heart goes to them because without them I wouldn't have what I have. I wouldn't be where I'm at. I wouldn't have the opportunities I have to give back as I try to. The fans are literally everything. Soap opera fans I've found are some of the most loyal and loving fans I've ever met. Thank you very much for caring for me and for always being there for me. And I myself will do everything I can to be there for you."
As a young man, Christopher said he didn't know the path to take in his career, but it certainly looks like he has found his way now.
Soap Opera News would like to thank Christopher for such an amazing interview and we wish him the best in life and his ever-expanding career!
Be sure to keep up with Christopher on his Instagram: MrChristopherSean. And keep an eye out for Season 2 of Star Wars Resistance which is scheduled to be released this fall on Disney Channel and Disney XD.