Erich Bergen simply launched his debut single “Operating Via the Night time” final month — and now PEOPLE has an unique first take a look at the music video for the hovering monitor.
The 32-year-old actor says the final 5 years of his life knowledgeable the lyrics.
“It’s been an unimaginable time in my life, however I’ve additionally grown up loads, and that’s what this music is about … rising up. I hit some extent in my life the place I began to marvel if I used to be in the correct place, if I used to be doing the correct factor, and what it was all including as much as,” he informed PEOPLE. “Turning into an grownup doesn’t simply imply paying payments on time and decrease again ache. It’s studying that life has its ups and downs, to just accept them, embrace them and to maintain going — taking with you what you’ve discovered.”
Bergen added that his making an attempt battle with testicular most cancers additionally influenced his songwriting.
“The post-cancer expertise actually triggered quite a lot of the sentiments this music is about,” he stated. “The concern that the ‘C phrase’ — or any sudden traumatic expertise — is ready across the nook is an exhausting and debilitating thought to have in your head. The important thing for me was to push my method by way of the darkness. To maintain working by way of the night time.”
Related sentiments impressed the music video.
“I needed to deal with the concept of working away from one thing nice due to not eager to cope with the dangerous facet of an excellent factor. It’s one thing I’ve handled personally and I do know many others who’ve,” he stated.
Bergen added: “One time, I keep in mind being on the verge of a beginning a relationship with somebody, however I didn’t pursue it as a result of on the time it felt like all of my pals have been going by way of main arguments with their important others or on the verge of a break-up. It was similar to, ugh, I don’t wanna ever undergo that. So I stayed away from one thing probably nice due to one thing probably powerful. … It wasn’t the healthiest of selections.”
Whereas he’s possibly greatest identified for his function reverse Téa Leoni in Madam Secretary, Bergen has all the time been a musician. He portrayed the 4 Seasons’s Bob Gaudio in Clint Eastwood’s 2014 Jersey Boys adaptation on the massive display. And this summer time, he made his Broadway debut in Waitress alongside Katharine McPhee.
“There’s a bizarre stigma with actors who sing that doesn’t appear to exist with singers who wish to act. I’m not fairly certain why that’s, however I actually don’t care,” he says. “I’ve all the time made music. Method earlier than I knew what performing was, I used to be making music. It’s simply not how most individuals bought to know me. However I hope individuals give me a shot.”