Rahart Adams is a striking rising actor who has found his name attached to one of the world’s most infamous franchises. A versatile and highly talented performer, Adams was born in Melbourne with Australian-Pakistani and Maltese parents. Having performed from a young age, he has been involved in an eclectic array of projects, from Nowhere Boys to Pacific Rim: Uprising, as well as the ever popular soap, Neighbours.
Adams’ latest project is perhaps his most exciting to date. He has joined the cherished cast of Gotham Knights, a show in the Batman universe that is set to make a splash in the superhero genre. The new series, which premiered on 14th March on CW Network, is penned by the trio behind Batwoman, and picks up in the aftermath of Bruce Wayne’s murder, with his adopted son striking up an unlikely pact with the children of some of Batman’s enemies in an attempt to find the true killer of Wayne’s death after they were all framed for the murder. Rahart’s character, Brody March, is – much like Batman himself – cloaked in ambiguity, with the actor’s turn providing to be full of of depth and nuance as he constructs a character that leaves viewers desperate to find out more about the mysterious enigma.
Off the screen, Adams maintains an eager interest in the culinary universe, as well as financial literacy and children’s education. He volunteers at REACH OUT, an organisation who have set out on their mission of strengthening communities by connecting people to break barriers in educational achievement and to create safe and healthy spaces.
Wonderland caught up with the hotly-tipped actor to discuss all things Gotham Knights, his journey to becoming an actor, his dream roles, and where he sees himself in five years time.
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Hey Rahart! Where are we speaking to you from?
Hey! I’m currently in my hometown Melbourne, Australia.
What’s something that made you laugh today?
My younger brother airdropping me random memes while I answer this question.
Did you always know you wanted to be an actor? Or was acting something that just fell into your lap?
Acting was never something I just woke up and decided to pursue one day, it was more of a slow buildup of experiences as a performer that continued to re-assure me that I’m good enough to keep trying until one day ten years later I realised: “ Hey I’ve done over 130 episodes of lead role television and 6 movies around the world and so much more in the realm of being a performer and artist. I think I can finally say with my chest that I’m an actor”. It also helps that acting feels very natural to me, like it’s an extension of my being, so whenever I got the chance to do it in front of a camera I always felt right at home. It takes a lot of hard work, patience, perseverance & straight up unfathomable self-belief in the face of other people’s opinions & judgement to do this. So, I don’t really feel like It fell in my lap, I just feel lucky to be doing it.
How has the industry changed compared to when you first started out?
I’ve been in the industry for a decade and some years & in the short time that I’ve been around to experience it a lot has changed. Firstly, streaming has opened the doors for so much more inclusion in the industry and I love that. Social media has changed the way in which Film & Television is produced and consumed to the point that there is a whole new sub-set of the industry that also thrives. The vast majority of opportunities that actors get to audition for roles are now complete digital experiences meaning that we don’t walk into casting offices with our headshots and résumés like the good old days and physically meet other actors, casting directors & associates anymore. Which saddens me but we can thank COVID for that.Streaming wasn’t a thing when I started out either, that makes me feel old. I’d say most importantly overall the industry has gotten exponentially bigger in so many ways and is far more open and unafraid than it used to be. Good things.
Are there any genres that you haven’t delved into yet that you’d like to?
I want to dabble in every genre, It’s my passion and I’m very hungry to explore. I’d love to do a period piece, a cowboy-esque western, maybe a biopic? There are so many possible genres that I have yet to explore that its overwhelming, but that’s okay because I’m just getting started.
One of your most notable roles is Cadet Tahima in Pacific Rim: Uprising. With such grand production, and a stellar cast —could you tell us what that experience was like?
Filming Pacific Rim: Uprising was a real pleasure to be a part of, from beginning to end. And you’re right, the cast were undeniably stellar, and we all created such close bonds with one another while filming in different parts of the world; the production was absolutely grand, something I’d never experienced before. The sets were so huge and intricate it made my job a lot easier being able to put myself into the shoes of Tahima. I loved every moment of it.
Your new role in the CW’s Gotham Knights carries the torch of the Batman story. How did you go about preparing for the role?
It was a blast. Studying the DC universe, reading up on Batman lore and discussing the comics with my cast mates and fellow creators on the show was a new experience for me because I’ve never worked on something with such a long and amazing history for captivating audiences like Batman. Brody March is an original character, so a lot of my time was spent learning about Lincoln March (Brody March’s Father) and the March legacy within the Batman comics. Also spending lots of time developing very close relationships with my cast mates outside of work really helped when it came time to step in front of the camera too.
If you could give one piece of advice to actors just starting out, what would it be?
I would say to just keep going. Don’t stop, just keep going. Always have empathy and compassion for those around you. Listen. Find beauty in the little things in life. Explore and be curious. Eat new foods. Don’t be afraid of looking dumb when trying new things. Try those new things. Tell your family you love them & remember to follow what makes you happy.
Lastly, where do you see yourself headed in the next five years?
Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, TIFF, MIFF.