The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, recently made headlines when he had to reschedule a concert due to voice issues. In a candid interview with W magazine, he suggested that filming his new series, “The Idol,” might have played a role in his vocal challenges.
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He explained the unique demands of his dual roles: “I had to take off the Weeknd outfit, put on Tedros’s wig, shoot with Jocelyn, then go back to being the Weeknd. It was tough to go from one headspace to another. Then, after the concert, I lost my voice. No sound came out at all. That’s never happened before.”
Tesfaye humorously theorized about the connection: “My theory is that I forgot how to sing because I was portraying Tedros, a character who doesn’t possess the gift of song. I might be delving too deeply into it, but it was genuinely terrifying. As the Weeknd, I’ve never canceled a concert. I’ve performed while battling the flu. I’d rather perish on that stage. But, during that moment, something intricate was transpiring within my mind.”
Tesfaye co-created “The Idol” alongside Sam Levinson, the creator of “Euphoria.” Levinson revealed that the show drew inspiration from the Weeknd’s unique connection with his fanbase: “Abel approached us with a concept. He mentioned something that has stayed with me: ‘If I wanted to start a cult, I could.’ He meant that his fans were incredibly devoted and loyal, willing to follow him wherever he leads. This served as the seed for ‘The Idol,’ exploring what happens when a pop sensation falls for the wrong person, and no one speaks out.”
Tesfaye also delved into his evolving artistic journey, sharing, “I’m currently on a cathartic path, balancing acting and music. It’s leading me to a point where I’m preparing to conclude the Weeknd chapter. I’ll continue to make music, perhaps as Abel, perhaps as the Weeknd. However, I genuinely want to put The Weekend to rest. And I will. Eventually. I’m actively working to shed that persona and experience a rebirth.”
“The Idol” is scheduled for its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, followed by its HBO debut on June 4th, marking another significant step in Tesfaye’s artistic evolution.