Today, I have the great pleasure of interviewing two of my favourite characters, Erik Von Nordgren and Asher Berkley from the soon to be released Upstaged – Opening Act.
If only you could see what I could see. Asher has always had a somewhat…unique, dress sense. I have to say, I love all the leather.
So, now I’ve cooled down with a drink of water, let’s begin.
1 Where and how did you two meet?
Asher: My sister way playing bass for this dodgy grunge band I went to pick her up one day and the singer was this guy...typical american big brash, couldn't sing for toffee. He was being a complete ass so what could I do? I kissed him.
Erik (snorts): Yeah and you totally threw me for a loop. But in a good way.
Asher: Yeah right You shit ‘em. If I could bottle the look on your face I'd make a mint
Erik (laughs) I think Billy would've sold the first bottle. I was shocked to my core, but damn it was a great kiss.
Asher: Of course My kisses always are
Erik (rolls eyes): that they are... you sure make the impression, don't you?
Asher: What can I say? I'm a freak But a damn sexy one.
Erik: I second that one. (Awww…. Erik moves in and kisses him. These guys are so cute together) You're my sexy ninja freak. Who can sure dance too. So can I after you taught me...
Asher: Ummm no I am NOT taking responsibility for that. It was Billy who taught you all his erm moves. Although you do make a pretty good pole sometimes.
Erik: What can I say? I'm as graceful as a dead goose
Asher: Haha. I've seen dead geese who are more graceful, more crunchy too, and they smell great when they're just coming out of the oven Not that I'm saying you don't smell good
Erik: You love my smell, and my....lack of grace... I'm good off the dance floor
Asher: Not as good as I am
Erik: Then you'll have to teach me more
2 Did you know from the start you were going to be together?
Erik (laughs): Oh hell, no.
Asher (snorts): I thought we'd be fighting forever
Erik: Are you kidding? The guy was a jerk. Sure, he was kind of cute, I suppose. Know it all... show off. He was just a big kid, I had to tease you mercilessly
Asher: You stole my clothes, arse If anyone was a show off it was you
Erik: Oh right, you kept one upping me...so I had to keep it even
Asher: Like you had to try to flatten me at the Ninjitsu lesson
Erik: And then you end up twisting my shoulder. It's still sore from that little move
Asher: You asked for it
Erik: Well, to answer the question, obviously that was a no but we are now... after about a dozen more fights
Asher: He tried to kill me
Erik (groans): Here we go again. I did not try to kill you. Billy was there. He saw it.
Asher (crosses his arms and rolls his eyes): You threw me in the pool, almost drowned me and tried to give me brain damage. Wait a minute. Hang on. Shit, you DID give me brain damage. That's how I ended up with you.
Erik: I'm not quite in my right mind either... that's how we're still together after you socked me in the eye
Asher: You deserved it. You were being an arse
Erik: But I'm your arse...aren't I?
Asher:I guess so.
Asher elbows Erik and they end up kissing again
3 What were the highs and lows of your relationship?
Erik: High was definitely our first real kiss
Asher: Shit, there were so many of them. It's been like a roller coaster
Erik: Monster coaster
Asher: For me the lows were ending up in hospital but even more realizing Erik had no intention of dancing with me at prom. That just about killed me
Erik (pauses): I regretted that as soon as I'd said it. Did you know Billy slapped me hard for even saying it?
Asher: Really? No, I didn't know that. Billy was always the one with good sense. I don't know how you'd have made it this far without him.
Erik: Always. He's a good kid.I wouldn't have. I wouldn't have you, that's for sure.
Asher (rests his head on Erik's shoulder): The absolute high point though, was the song No one's ever written a song for me before
Erik:I needed to do something... just for you, and to show I meant it
Asher: It was amazing
Erik: It was like being naked on stage, but it was worth it
Asher: I wish you had been naked on stage
Asher nibbles his ear
Erik (kiss) Maybe one day
4 Is there anything in particular you regret about how things have gone with you two?
Erik: That I was a stubborn jerk.
Asher: That he was a stubborn jerk.
Erik: Very funny
Asher (grins and elbows him again): Seriously I was just as bad, I behaved like a kid sometimes
Erik: I wish that I'd been out and comfortable, been able to kiss him and hold him out in the open, like I wanted. You were definitely a kid at that party.... I hated that
Asher: I kept running away. Don't talk about the party that was a nightmare
Erik: Yes it was
Asher: Did you know I spent ten minutes throwing up in the bathroom?
Erik: Shit! no, I didn't know that
Asher: I just wanted to go home
Erik: I just remember we fought again and I went home alone
Asher: I didn't
Erik: I know that too, but we've moved on from all of that
Asher: I'm not ashamed of that. But I am ashamed of the way I treated Vince
Erik: I know you're not... it just got really complicated after that. I felt bad for Vince too. Yeah, he's a nice kid.
Asher: Yes he is
Me: Do you think that if it hadn’t been for you and Erik you’d have made a go with Vince?
Asher: No. He’s a nice kid, way too nice for me. I’d just have kept screwing him up like I did the first time, and that had nothing to do with Erik.
They both get quiet
5 What do your parents think? Friends?
Erik: Shit...mine knew already, at least Mom did. My friends knew, too. Way before I did. Billy was the one keeping me sane through all of this
Asher: Who gives a shit what my parents think?
Erik: All our friends were there for the ride though.
Asher: I think they're all just pleased the drama's died down
Erik; Oh bigtime I know Billy is happy now at least. He's got his own happiness and your sister does too I'm glad to have their support, all of them now
Asher: I could always count on Daisy to keep me real. I don't know, maybe it's something about being twins but she always seems to know the right things to say
Erik: She kept me hoppin for sure-- between her and Billy...but I respect her even when it's not something I want to hear
Asher: You better had You're going to get battered around the head if you don't And not by me
Erik: She's a spitfire, for sure, and I don't doubt that for a second.
6 What do you see in your future if you plan beyond today?
Erik: College. The band. Life and things continuing on with us, always
Asher: I've got a place to do fine art
Erik; He's an amazing artist...love his work
Asher: I’ve found a job during the holidays at a gallery. Art's my life-- well apart from this buffoon.
Erik: Music is my life, apart from this.... high maintenance ninja
Asher: High maintenance? No way You're the high maintenance one
Erik: Ha! pot, kettle!
Asher: You're a diva, admit it
Erik: Only if you do
Asher: Okay I admit You're a diva ( he laughs) You're my diva
Erik: You're my guy....forever
Asher (beams) And you're mine. Forever
7 What are your favourite:
Erik: Blue …wait...lilac..like Asher’s eyes
Asher: Black like that's a surprise
Erik: Die hard!
Asher: Voodoo Moon
Erik: Never heard of it
Erik: Grunge! Always
Asher: Loads of stuff… except grunge. Eew
Erik (snorts): I'll turn ya
Asher: At the moment it's Black Veil Brides
Asher: I ran away again
Erik: Shocker. I ran to you.
Asher: You made me come back
Erik: I had to....I couldn't let you get away again
And who could disagree with that?