Archil Gugberidze - Meet promising Georgian actor based in New York
30 May, 2018
Archil Gugberidze - Meet promising Georgian actor based in New York
Georgian cinema has a glorious cinematic history that counts more than 100 years. Although the film industry in the country experienced many ups and downs, over recent years the renaissance of Georgian cinema has started, producing a new generation of charismatic movie directors, actors and scriptwriters. Young actor Archil Gugberidze, is one of the promising representatives of this field, equipped with revolutionary ideas and passion to leave his trace in international film industry.

Archil Gugberidze was always interested in acting.
His first time being on stage was when he was only 8 years old and he immediately fell in love with telling stories to people.

Currently the actor studies at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City, yet his path to success was not an easy one. As a kid Archil went to math school and competed in English National Olympiad that was followed by going to Buckswood Summer School. Later he pursued BA degree in Business Administration and Economics in American University in Bulgaria and eventually he found his true calling and decided to master himself in acting.
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Archil’s dedication and extraordinary ability to connect with people makes him an exceptional person to be qualified to represent country of Georgia, it’s traditional cuisine, dances and overall culture. Archil has a vision of inspiring people worldwide through acting and he believes in bringing something new in American Movie Industry. When asked why he wants to emerge himself in Hollywood as no other Georgian has done it before, he replied: “That’s exactly why, I want to be the first Georgian”. Archil believes in auditioning for the roles that touches upon international problems, such as poverty, discrimination, aggression and ignorance.

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Archil Gugberidze

“I read biographies of all my favorite actors including, Robert De Niro, James Dean and Daniel Day-Lewis. I looked up all the schools they went to and out of 18 schools I finally picked Lee Strasberg Institute as it was founded by Lee Strasberg himself, who is considered to be the father of Method Acting, type of acting my favorite actors use proficiently. I was preparing for 2 years to get into the school, mostly writing my own screenplays, acting and directing plays and reading as much as I could. As for the change of my career, well I wanted to be an actor since I was 5, after watching Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe. As the years passed I became a bit insecure as I thought I was not good enough to compete in this huge market. Until I saw Gone with the Wind, where Vivien Leigh in a specific scene is looking at a man she loves, but realizes that he is engaged to someone else and will never be hers. At that time of my life I was in love with a girl, who was in love with someone else and I would look at her the same way. I saw myself in Vivien Leigh’s performance and realized that people don’t watch movies to see actors act, but they watch movies to see themselves. If I was inspired and motivated by the fact that I’m not the only one with problems, I told myself that my mission is to inspire people and the best way to do it, is through acting. So I went into it fully”, Archil Gugberidze elaborates in the interview with Georgian Journal.

Archil has accumulated experience in theatre as well. He performed in following plays:


Play - A Streetcar Named Desire, role - Harold Mitchel, stage - American University in Bulgaria

Play -12 Angry Men, role - Juror #8,  stage - American University in Bulgaria

Play - A Man who came to Dinner, role - Bert Jefferson, stage - American University in Bulgaria

Play - Catch me if you can, role - Agent Dollar, stage - American University in Bulgaria

Play - The Lark Father, stage - American University in Bulgaria

Play - Family Voices Father, stage - American University in Bulgaria



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A Streetcar Named Desire

The actor has many plans and when being asked how he envisions leaving his trace in international and local movie industry he answers:

“Honestly, I do believe in unity in diversity. So, it should always be both ways. As I am planning to introduce Georgian Culture in America, I, at the same time want to take Georgian Film Industry to the next level and team up with American Sponsors so more films carrying important messages could be told via movies.”

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