Easily one of the most prominent and renowned guests of the entire convention, Zachary Levi, best known for his work on the recent superhero flick Shazam!, made his way through thunderous applause to star in a panel this past Sunday at Dragon-Con 2019. Marking somewhat of a tradition for the acclaimed actor, he single-handedly hosted and moderated the entire panel, answering questions ranging from politically challenging themes to sweet moments of sheer fandom. Highlighting his trademark charisma at every turn, attendees were both charmed and spelled by how Levi successfully answered each question, turning seemingly even the simplest of questions into fully-fledged discussion about his career and even mental health. At least over a hundred attendees made their way into Hyatt Centennial II Ballroom for the highly anticipated panel, and that same countless number of attendees left excited and chuckling.
Fans queued up in an expansive line to ask the Broadway, TV, and film actor some of their most hard-pressing questions. Below is a documented transcript of just some of the highlights.
Anonymous Fan: If you were to come to a convention, what would your top three cosplay costumes be?
Zachary Levi: If I were to come to a convention or succumb to a convention? [Laughter] Because that’s what I heard. I’m pretty sure that’s what I heard. You know, I’ve never really been a big cosplayer, not that I have any issues with it what so ever. I think it’s beautiful and an incredible expression of one’s soul and you can get super artistic, but for me, I think it’s because I’ve never been practically artistic. I’m the type of person who will start drawing something and then think that’s garbage and then just throw it away. I hate what I am doing physically and I’ve never been crafty. I’ve never known how to sow; I’m not very good with the glue gun. [Laughter] And the pressure I put on myself for it to be the best costume ever. Is there anyone else when Halloween comes that you get crazy anxiety? When you go to the parties and you know you really want to be in the dopiest outfit because there’s nothing worse than walking into a Halloween party and they just say “oh.” [Laughter] Like I toiled over this, I would just walk out in shame which I why I’ve given up on Halloween. Like a while ago, a couple of us got together and said “hey, we’re going to dress up as the characters from Ferris Bueller.” I said yes; I’ll be Ferris and I was, but somebody helped organize that and find all the stuff and the costumes. So as long as someone finds the stuff for me, I’ll dress up in whatever you want. So I don’t know what I would personally cosplay as.
Anonymous Fan #2: You’ve been in this industry for so long, so how do you stay grounded?
Zachary Levi: I endeavor to be the best me that I can be, and I think the only way that you can be the best that you can be is to genuinely love yourself. That’s something I didn’t know how to do and it was also something I didn’t know I wasn’t doing for thirty-seven years. And about two years ago, I went to life-changing therapy and I learned how to love myself. And through loving myself, [Applause] that’s right. We all need to be doing it. If you think you’re doing it, you might be doing it; I don’t know if you’re doing it. Ask yourself one simple question when you mess up how do you talk to yourself. Do you berate yourself like I did? And I learned that from my parents who learned it from their parents and they learned it from their parents, and we have to stop it. We have to stop the g