Tenzing Trainor Talks New ‘Freeridge’ Netflix Series, Working With Peggy Blow And More
At 10 years old walked into an audition and as he began to recite his lines they abandoned his mind. He became embarrassed, started crying, and left the room. A few days later, to his surprise, he received a callback and was booked for the role. A decade later, he has shed those embarrassing auditions. With 1.3 million Instagram followers and numerous projects under his belt, the Florida native is determined to make his mark in the entertainment industry.
Starring in Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie and most recently appearing in Netflix’s Boo, Bitch, this winter, Tenzing is returning to Netflix. He is entering the On My Block universe and will star in Freeridge, a new coming-of-age comedy series airing on February 2. Freeridge will follow Cameron (Trainor), alongside pals Demi (Ciara Riley Wilson), Gloria (Keyla Monterroso Mejia), and Ines (Bryana Salaz) as they unleash a curse that takes them on a mysterious adventure.
The childhood actor is excited for Freeridge to air on Netflix. He believes it will be exciting and fun to watch because it shows viewers a world they have already been introduced to in On My Block. This show will allow fans to connect to a new friend group while seeing familiar faces from On My Block. One of Tenzing’s favorite experiences on Freedridge was working with actress Peggy Blow, who played ‘Abuelita’ in On My Block. Trainor cannot wait for fans to fall in love with Blow all over again and believes she is an amazing actor and an even better person.
“Working with her was so much fun and I learned so much from her. It was also super cool to work with such a huge fan favorite from On My Block.” Tenzing is proud to be a part of Freedridge and hopes fans watch this show to be entertained and learn about the importance of responsibility and relationships.
“Whether it’s the relationships you are born into with your family or the relationships you form with friends and significant others. Other people have their own lives and stories that are just as important as your own.” While Tenzing is keeping his character’s identity under wraps, he said he enjoyed playing Cameron because of how complicated of a character he was, “I think that we relate to the importance of friendship and the ways that Cameron can go from calm to crazy at any given second.”
That craziness following one’s teenage years is something Tenzing relates to. Being a child actor and growing up in the entertainment industry did not deter him from attending public school his entire life. Juggling being a full-time student while becoming a budding young actor had its challenges, but it gave him the skills to succeed in the industry. Now in college, the actor realizes that his life was striking differently than his peers, but he would not change it at all. It allowed him to grow into the person he is today and work on projects he would not have been able to do otherwise.
Working as an actor his entire life and being on various sets, Tenzing’s relationship with the entertainment industry has changed over the years. He realizes this industry may seem enormous and vast at first, but once you are in it and start working on different projects one realizes how small it actually is. Tenzing is no longer the child actor forgetting his lines in an audition, but a notable young actor looking to expand his career in entertainment.
Check out the full interview with Tenzing Norgay Trainor below.
We’re huge fans of the On My Block series. Without giving too much away, what can you tell us about the upcoming spinoff “Freeridge?” I can tell you that Freeridge is going to be a very fun watch. Being able to be in a show that takes place in the same world as an amazing show like On My Block was such a great experience. I really hope that fans watch and enjoy Freeridge for what it is because we were so proud to be able to be part of it.
What can fans take away from the series? What can fans learn from watching? I think fans can take away the importance of responsibility and relationships. Whether it’s the relationships you are born into with your family or the relationships you form with friends and significant others. Other people have their own lives and stories that are just as important as your own.
In what ways do you relate to your character Cameron? Cameron is a complicated character. I think that we relate to the importance of friendship and the ways that Cameron can go from calm to crazy at any given second.
In what ways has acting reshaped your views on entertainment? Being able to work as an actor and be on different sets has changed my views on entertainment a lot. I’ve really grown to see just how many people there are in this industry but how small it is at the same time. It’s kind of hard to explain.
Fans are stoked about seeing ‘Abuelita’ played by Peggy Blow in the new series! What can you tell us about working on set with her? Peggy is such an amazing actor and an even better person. Working with her was so much fun and I learned so much from her. It was also super cool to work with such a huge fan favorite from On My Block.
Tell me about your most embarrassing audition! There was an audition I had when I was like 10 and I went in thinking I had all my lines memorized and I just completely blanked. It was so embarrassing I remember crying before I left the room. The casting office actually called me back a couple of days later asking me to come back in and try again and I ended up booking it.
What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects outside of ‘Freeridge?’ A couple of things here and there that you might see but I’ve really just been enjoying the holidays. Excited to get back to work though in this new year and even more excited for people to see Freeridge.
The definition of Contrast is ‘to be strikingly different.’ What makes you strikingly different? I think my life as a child actor is what makes me strikingly different. I learned so much and grew up in this industry but to a lot of peoples’ surprise, I was never homeschooled. I actually went to public elementary school, middle school, and high school, and even now I go to college still. It made life super busy and hectic but I’m so glad I did it.