Chancellor Perry, a 2021 graduate of Mountain View High School, said it was strange watching himself in the feature film “Lorelei” when he saw it the first time.
“It’s mind blowing — and a blessing, for sure,” Perry said. “I’m three times that size now.”
Now 18, Perry was 16 during filming, which was done on location in Oregon with additional shoots in California.
Written and directed by Sabrina Doyle, “Lorelei” was released by Vertical Entertainment July 30.
Perry plays Dodger Blue, whose mother, Delores (Jena Malone), reunites with her high school sweetheart Wayland (Pablo Schreiber), just out of prison after serving 15 years for armed robbery.
Delores is a single mother of three children. Dodger Blue, the oldest, had been the man of the house, and feels displaced when Wayland moves in.
Other than Schreiber and Malone, the independent film’s cast consists of local performers.
Perry began modeling when he was 8, but found his true passion was acting.
“I got a call from my agent when I was still modeling that they needed an extra person for an Intel commercial,” he said. “It was my first acting gig, and it turned out I loved it.”
He has acted in a number of commercials, but “Lorelei” is his first film. He said he auditioned five times for “Lorelei” in 2018. He kept getting callbacks until he landed the role.
“My mom got the call from my agent, and she told me right after school,” Perry said. “I dropped to my knees. I started tearing up. It was great.”
He had to miss school for filming, but made up the homework, he said.
Perry has been working as a camp counselor at Firstenburg Community Center this summer. He lives in Vancouver with his parents, Dana and David Perry, and sister Camryn.
He plans to attend Clark College in the fall and later transfer to Chapman University in Orange, Calif., to pursue an acting degree.
“Lorelei” is playing at Portland’s Living Room Theater. Visit pdx.livingroomtheaters.com for showtimes.