Max Adler’s life has been much diff rent from his character’s in “23 Blast,” but he can still relate to the struggle.
Adler, who grew up in the Phoenix area and attended Horizon High School, recently spoke with The Entertainer about his role as Cameron Marshall in the new football drama, which chronicles the inspirational true story about a high school football player suddenly stricken by blindness and opened October 24.
The Entertainer!: What is “23 Blast” about and what do you hope that audiences take away from watching it?
Adler: It is based on a true story about this guy named Travis Freeman who is from Corbin, Kentucky. He got a disease that caused permanent blindness but overcame that obstacle and still managed to play football for his high school as the center of the team. The story is really just about overcoming obstacles. It’s about not giving up. If something like that happens, a lot of people just kind of give up on life. But [Travis] wouldn’t let that stop him. He kept going. So if he can overcome that, then what can we all overcome?
You are certainly no stranger to projects with a message, as most people know you best as dave Karofsky in Fox’s “Glee.” is a special meaning something you look for when selecting projects?
[I went] out to L.A. with the dream of just being an actor. But once “Glee” happened, I realized you can be impactful through media. Your messages carry a lot of weight. You can change lives and spark a dialogue. Th at’s what we did with “Glee” and I found it to be incredibly valuable and unexpected. So now I like playing characters in projects with a message because I feel like we have that ability—and that power—to reach a lot of people. It’s fun to do something that packs a punch and leaves an impression.
Speaking of “Glee,” you are returning for the show’s sixth and final season next spring. Will we finally get to hear you sing something on the show?
I hope so! I did show choir at Horizon High School and we toured around the nation. And I do sing all of the time! Whether “Glee” will let me do it on the show or not remains to be seen. As of now, in the fi rst four episodes, I do not sing but hopefully later in the season I’ll have a shot. That is definitely something that I would love to do before the show ends. We’ve got 13 more episodes. We’re getting back to the roots—back to the basics—of the really impactful, pushing-the-envelope [type of]storylines. I’m really excited to be back and kind of close that out with a bang.