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The Weeknd recalls being terrified of ‘forgetting how to sing’ while filming for ‘The Idol’

Canadian singer-songwriter Abel Tesfaye (famously known as The Weeknd) shared in a magazine interview that he was terrified thinking he ‘forgot how to sing’ when he lost his voice after juggling his role in ‘The Idol’ and as a singer.

According to Tesfaye, he thought that maybe he forgot how to sing because he was playing the role of Tedros in HBO’s ‘The Idol’ who doesn’t know how to sing.

The Weeknd in the a teaser for 'The Idol'
The Weeknd in the a teaser for ‘The Idol’

“I may be looking too deeply into this, but it was terrifying. As The Weeknd, I’ve never skipped a concert. I’ve performed with the flu. I’ll die on that stage. But there was something very complicated going on with my mind at that moment,” he said.

He also mentioned that it was hard changing from one persona to another, “I had to take off the Weeknd outfit, put on Tedros’s wig, shoot with Jocelyn (played by Lily-Rose Depp), then go back to being The Weeknd,” Tesfaye said.

‘The Idol’ will be his acting debut, which he also co-created with Euphoria Director Sam Levinson – the story will revolve around an aspiring pop idol, Jocelyn, who begins a complex relationship with Tedros, a self-help guru and the head of a contemporary cult.

The series will also star Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan, Blackpink member Jennie Ruby Jane, and American actor/director Eli Roth, among many others.

Tesfaye will also star in his first feature film, which he also co-wrote and co-produced, alongside Wednesday actress Jenna Ortega and Oscar-nominee Barry Keoghan.

‘The Idol’ premiered during this year’s Cannes Film Festival on May 22.


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