We had the good fortune of connecting with Chase Offerle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chase, why did you pursue a creative career?
I am an actor and writer. When I was young, I was alone a lot. My mother was a single mother who worked day and night to provide the best life she could for me and my father was not in the picture. I was alone a lot. So I watched movies and television and read. Activities I could do alone that didn’t cost much money. Through reading those stories and seeing the life of characters I came to understand myself better. It’s humanizing. Acting is humanizing. It is very specific in that way. It asks you to become more human and more connected and empathetic in a world that tries to beat that out of us every day.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art ultimately is about redemption, metamorphosis, and the ability for change even in the most dire circumstances. I have been acting professionally for 15 years with some breaks in between. It has not been easy but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am a straight white man so my path is always going to be easiest no matter what. I know that and understand my privilege. For me acting has provided the lenses for me to truly understand myself. When I don’t know myself when I am not mentally healthy my acting suffers. Through sobriety, therapy, meditation and self love I have found who I am truly meant to be and ultimately the artist I truly am.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am vegan so my list my have some bias. But my favorite spots in LA are in no particular order
Gracias Madre – beautiful outdoor area, Great happy hour
Real food daily
The butchers daughter
The top of the Mayfair hotel
The trebek space
Malibu creek state park Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost my mother Marisa Menkins. She was one of the most beautiful dancers to ever live and now she is an amazing teacher and mother. My fiancé @farah_shea Farah is the light in the world that keeps me going and I am the same light for her. My father who we have repaired our relationship and now fights to be on my life and shows me that anyone can change for the better and life has a lot of joy and surprises. My current acting teacher Stuart Rodgers for helping me fall in love with acting again. My manager Desiree Middlebrook who is guiding my career and helps me every day, My grandma and grandpa for taking care of me when my mother couldn’t. Mother Earth, and all the ascended masters who watch over me and guide my path.