FAIRFIELD — Austin and Trevor McCarthy will host and perform at Saturday’s “It’s Getting Weird” Tour in San Francisco, but their life is anything but weird.
The mirror-image twins, who graduated from Fairfield High School in 2012, are performing music as a duo and handling acting gigs individually.
Austin McCarthy can be seen Wednesday on ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy.” In France, they can be seen in a McDonald’s commercial.
Both auditioned for the “Baby Daddy” guest shot. Filming was done in January.
“It was so much fun,” Austin McCarthy said. “It was the best week.”
The duo, who perform musically under the name McCarthy, have been performing at Southern California venues such as the Avalon and the Universal Citywalk, both in Hollywood.
“He raps and I sing,” Austin McCarthy said. “We mix hip-hop and R&B. Everyone can listen to the music.”
Austin McCarthy said he’s been singing “forever.” Trevor McCarthy picked up rapping about five or six years ago.
Saturday’s gig in San Francisco is sponsored by KLiK Events, which brings social media fans and popular performers to a central location.
This will be their biggest hosting job, Austin McCarthy said.
The brothers did theater all four years at Fairfield High School. Austin McCarthy picked up an Arty award in 2010 for his performances in the school’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
Trevor McCarthy worked behind the scenes.
“We’re living the dream together,” Austin McCarthy said. “It’s great when you have someone there with you.”
Being mirror-image twins has been a huge advantage in music and acting, Austin McCarthy said. Mirror-image twins are identical twins where one may be left-handed, the other right-handed. One may have a birthmark on their right shoulder, the other on their left shoulder.
When auditioning for the same role, the brothers approach the character differently, Austin McCarthy said.
“We choose different ways to read the lines,” he said. “We try not to be kept in a box of what people expect from us.”
There’s no hard feelings if one gets a role and the other doesn’t. They share the bills and income. When one gets a job, both win, Austin said.
In December 2013, the pair signed with First Class Talent Agency to handle the musical side of their careers.
“They (the staff) totally care about our career. They are super involved,” Austin McCarthy said.
Their acting work is handled by Snow Entertainment, which is owned by Cinda Snow, the mother of actress Brittany Snow.
McCarthy has a single on iTunes and can be found on Tumblr, YouTube and Twitter.
“It’s so important to have a social media presence, especially with music,” Austin McCarthy said.
Choosing a name for the duo took a little time. The brothers discussed monikers and even went through ideas such as “double trouble.”
They settled on using their last name, because they wanted their music to reflect who they are.
“This is all I have ever wanted,” Austin McCarthy said. “We are happy to be where we are at. We are doing what we love. We are doing what I’ve always dreamed of.”
Trevor McCarthy chimed in once during the conversation to share he was the “dopest rapper.”
Their ultimate goal: Being the hosts and musical guests on the same “Saturday Night Live” episode.
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