It may have been the first day of school for many, but Aug. 1 was special to 12-year-old Geordie Francombe and his family for a different reason. The Sandy Springs actor was allowed to stay up past his bedtime to watch his national cable TV debut as the lead actor, Ethan, in “Misfits & Monsters” on TruTV.
Geordie, who is active at the Marcus JCC and Camp Ramah Darom, started acting just over a year ago. He quickly was snatched up for representation by talent agents in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Taping auditions in his home studio became as common as homework in 2017, and helped him land roles in two national commercials: Amazon Studio’s TV series, “Lore”; and his biggest role, in “Misfits & Monsters.”
“The first day on set I was really excited and a little nervous,” said Geordie, a 7th grader at Ridgeview Charter Middle School. “There were so many people running around all over the place. I had to remember about 40 pages of dialogue and I didn’t want to let anyone down. Even though it was my first big role, everyone on set was great, and in the end, I think it turned out awesome.”
Every episode of the anthology series, “Misfits & Monsters,” is written and directed by legendary 80’s comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, and features a different story in a different genre. In “The Goatman Cometh,” an homage to the 1986 movie, “Stand by Me,” Geordie plays Ethan alongside Melissa Joan Hart. He’s involved in a backyard sleepover with friends that goes horribly wrong.
When he’s not acting, Geordie plays piano and sings. He attended MJCCA day camp for five years and has been a Camp Ramah camper for five. He volunteers with Camp Ramah’s Camp Yofi for children with autism and the Atlanta Food Bank. Geordie also mentors children with disabilities through Helping Hands, coaches youth soccer at the MJCCA, and plants trees for Israel.
His mom, Stacie, is the MJCCA Maccabi Games director and Geordie will compete in the games next year.
Looking forward to his next acting gig, Geordie hopes that with so much filming in Atlanta, he’ll be cast in his favorite show shot here, “Stranger Things.”
“I have seen every episode of both seasons of ‘Stranger Things’ at least twice,” Geordie said. “The actors are so good and I try to learn from their performances. I’ve been shooting auditions for small parts; if I got anything, it would be amazing.”
For now, Geordie was looking forward to his TV debut. Caught before the show aired, he said, “It’s going to be fun to see myself on TV; I really can’t wait!”