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Zac On Good Morning San Diego: Video

Posted by Hayley in Jul 30,2014 with No Comments

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Zac On NBC 7

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Spotlight: How Zachary Levi Made Nerd HQ the Place to Be During Comic-Con

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SSN: Why did you decide to start Nerd HQ during the week of Comic-Con?
Levi: 
Comic-Con is a pretty massive gathering so we thought that was a good place to activate the brand. It came to us that doing an offsite activity was going to give us the most bang for our buck. And what started as brainstorming a single day of some signings culminated in four days and three nights of activities.

SSN: What did you want to bring to the fans that attend?
Levi:
 A lot of those people can’t go to E3 and CES because they’re for professionals. I really wanted to bring [those] flavors to Comic-Con and put it all in a one stop shop and allow fans free access to check things out and have some celebrity interactions to raise money for charity. I wanted attendees to have this little bastion where they could say, ‘Oh wow, I’m going to take a breath…and then party my ass off at the end of the night.’ That’s what we shoot for. [Read the full interview]

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Zachary Levi Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign for Nerd HQ

Posted by Hayley in Mar 11,2014 with No Comments

Zachary Levi is turning to the fans.

On Tuesday, the Chuck and Thor 2 star launches a 46-day crowd-funding campaign, “I Want My Nerd HQ,” to help partially finance the popular fan event Nerd HQ, which is eyeing its fourth year at San Diego’s Comic-Con this July. Levi, who began Nerd HQ in 2011, is hoping to reach a target goal of $1 million through Indiegogo, a crowd-funding platform similar in vein to Kickstarter. Since Nerd HQ began three years ago, attendance has grown from 20,000 in its inaugural year to 32,000 in 2013, raising $215,000 for Operation Smile through celebrity panel series “Conversations for a Cause” in its most recent outing. So why turn to crowd-funding now?

“Nerd HQ was this thing we started and believed in for three years, and we just found that the financial model for how we were doing it just wasn’t working anymore,” the 33-year-old actor tells The Hollywood Reporter. The plan was to keep Nerd HQ “as free and accessible as we could,” which meant Levi and his counterparts relied on sponsorship dollars — “that way we could put all the cost on that” for things such as securing the venue and paying production staff. While that strategy worked the first two years, “it didn’t really work well at all” last summer, Levi admits, alluding to sponsors pulling out at the last moment, forcing him to pay out of his own pocket. “I got hit hard with it; that was a sign of ‘I don’t know if this really works anymore.’ ” That doesn’t mean Nerd HQ will be solely financed by the fans; Levi insists sponsorships will still be on the docket — he’s just guaranteeing that last year won’t happen again.  [Read the full interview]

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Zachary Levi Talks About #IWantMyNerdHQ, ‘Surreal’ Moments and 2014 Plans

Posted by Hayley in Feb 14,2014 with No Comments

What happened Tuesday afternoon to Zachary Levi was a moment to remember.

Levi, best known to audiences from Chuck and Thor: The Dark World, but better known to the Comic-Con crowd as the brainchild behind Nerd HQ, asked his friends and fans to help him out with a simple plea: to tell the world #IWantMyNerdHQ

Nerd HQ, the fan-favorite event held in the Gaslamp District across the street from San Diego Comic-Con, just held their third event last July. Interest in the event has grown steadily every year, with its intimate celebrity-studded panels, large donations to the charity Operation Smile — last year’s event raised more than $215,000 — and ultra-cool hangout reputation. It’s the hottest ticket at Comic-Con outside of an actual SDCC badge.

But within just a few hours of asking for help, #IWantMyNerdHQ was trending globally. Levi spoke with The San Diego Comic-Con Blog about the experience.

“The power that the fans have and the power that they’ve imbued into myself, and Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day. It’s just, it’s incredible how powerful it is,” Levi said. “How much you can move mountains. Or, in this case, you can trend worldwide for a few hours. I’ve been so touched by Nerd HQ and what we’ve been able to accomplish with it, and how many people come to me and tell me how much they appreciate it.” [Read the rest of the interview]

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10 Things I Learned About Handsome Prince Gone Warrior Zac Levi

Posted by Hayley in Nov 15,2013 with No Comments

1) Zachary Levi wasn’t so much nervous about his role in Thor The Dark World, or being a part of something as huge and amazing as Marvel, but more the thought of ill-will form the rest of the cast. He didn’t want to feel like the guy who was coming and taking someone elses job away. For those of you who didn’t know Josh Dallas played Fandral in the first Thor. Someone asked Zachary if he was envious about taking the role, and being part of such a huge franchise. He’s wasn’t so much nervous about the role, or being part of such a huge franchise, but more about having any ill-will from the rest of the cast, knowing that he just stepped into the role, and wasn’t part of the first film. [READ THE REST HERE]

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Sitting Down with Zachary Levi of Thor: The Dark World

Posted by Hayley in Nov 15,2013 with No Comments

The first question our group asked was actually one that a fan had submitted. They wanted to know how battered and bruised he got. ”I didn’t get that battered and bruised,” he responded. ”There were a couple, I think I dislocated a rib at one point but that was a freak accident. Probably the worst thing that happened to me was I slammed my finger in my trailer door. Which is incredibly unglamorous.”

There aren’t a lot of people that would admit to a slammed finger in a door as being the biggest injury he received in an action movie. But that was one of my favorite things about talking with Zachary: he was so real and down-to-earth. He’s really the kind of guy you’d like to hang out with.

Maybe I Am Super Human

Being that this was a Marvel film, we of course had to ask him if he was a fan of the Marvel Universe or comics in general. ”Absolutely! All of it, yeah. I was really big into X-Men, the whole kind of mutant category, like X-Men, X-Factor, and X-Force, New Mutants, all that kind of stuff I really, really loved. Spider-Man, Iron Man to an extent, and Captain America. But the mutants were always to me the most relatable. Because you felt like, as a kid, well maybe I have that in me and it just hasn’t manifested yet. You know what I mean? Like I can get to a place and eventually I’ll realize I am super human and this will be great.” [READ THE FULL INTERVIEW]

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Zachary Levi talks about “Thor: The Dark World”

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This was somewhat of a surprise character because you really couldn’t recognize Zachary Levi in this role. Most were shocked when they realized he played Fandral since he simply looked so different! Plus it was different from his usual geeky roles.

With all the fight scenes though, I was curious as to how battered and bruised he might have ended up along the way. Zachary said that he had dislocated a rib at one point. The worst thing was that he slammed his finger in his trailer door, as it was rather unglamourous. What did he use to treat it? Ice and alcohol.

Understandably so though, Zachary Levi was nervous about taking over this role and joining the franchise, because not every one knew that he was originally going to be Fandral. Unfortunately, the filming of Chuck got in the way the first time so Josh did it. This time around, Josh’s role on Once upon a time conflicted.

On being a part of the Marvel Universe, Zachary felt welcomed into an “incredible family and lineage”. He spoke of Tom giving him a big hug and welcoming him on one of the first days on set. [READ THE FULL INTERVIEW]

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Interview with the Effervescent and Charming Zachary Levi

Posted by Hayley in Nov 15,2013 with No Comments

Here are five fun facts I learned about the happy go lucky Mr. Zachary Levi:

1. Levi was actually originally cast as Fandral but he was committed to Chuck when the first Thor movie was being filmed and Josh Charles was cast. How funny that Charles could not continue to his television commitment and Levi was now able to do the film. Full circle, right.

2. He was a fan of Marvel comics and “was really big into X-Men, the whole kind of mutant category, like X-Men, X-Factor, and X-Force, New Mutants, all that kind of stuff I really, really loved.”

3. Levi went on a strict workout regimen until I got to London. “And then I tried on my wardrobe for the first time and I realized nobody will ever be able to tell whether I’m ripped or not.” I g apart of the Marvel Universe is nothing to be nervous about. I think it’s, you should just celebrate that. Like you get to be apart of a, this incredible comic book, ah, lineage and family and universe that they’ve built, which is incredible, you know. [READ THE FULL INTERVIEW]

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Meet the New Fandral of Thor: The Dark World: Zachary Levi

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Were you nervous about taking this role and being part of this huge franchise?

ZACHARY: I was nervous about coming in and-and having any ill-will from any of the rest of the cast, knowing that Josh (Dallas) had played it in the first film. Some of the cast knew, like Tom and Jaimie, that I was originally going to be Fandral. Then Chuck got in the way and I wasn’t able to do it. Josh was able to play the role and did a fantastic job.

I didn’t want to feel like the guy who’s coming in and like taking someone’s job away. His role on Once Upon a Time conflicted. It was like what happened to me, happened to him and came back around. That was the only thing I was kind of nervous about. Being apart of the Marvel Universe is nothing to be nervous about. I think it’s, you should just celebrate that. You get to be apart of this incredible comic book, lineage and family and universe that they’ve built. One of the first days on set Tom gave me a big hug and said “Welcome, glad you were finally able to come and do this.” I felt that love from everybody. So I wasn’t nervous beyond that. [Read the Full Interview]

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