On Opening Act, some of Black Hollywood faves recount stories from their very first gig, big or small, and share how that single opportunity made them who they are today. Opening Act is a podcast hosted by Shadow And Act’s Deputy Editor, Trey Mangum and features behind-the-scenes stories of how these actors got introduced into film and television.
Angel Bismark Curiel On Liberty City, 'Pose' And Full-Circle Moments
Over the past couple of years, Angel Bismark Curiel has established himself as one of the breakout stars of FX's groundbreaking ballroom drama series, 'Pose.' He talked to us about how his high school experience shaped his decision to pursue acting, representation for Afro-Latinx actors, reconnecting with his father and learning how he's in the industry, how he manifested a greater role on 'Pose' and much more.
Kelvin Harrison Jr.'s Hot Streak Is Never-Ending
Kelvin Harrison Jr. has been one of the most in-demand actors of the past several years, starring in buzzy indie hits like 'Luce' and 'Waves.' He's now in the Netflix film 'Monster' and will be starring in the second season of 'Euphoria' on HBO. The actor talks about his always being booked and busy, taking on deep and dark material and his expiration date on playing teens.
Jill Marie Jones Loves Complex Characters and ‘Diving In The Deep End’
Jill Marie Jones is known for her iconic role of Toni Childs on the equally-as-iconic and classic Black comedy series, 'Girlfriends.' She talks about the show's impact, the representation she provided for young Black girls of darker complexions, what she's learned on her journey in Hollywood and more. She also talks about what drew her to her current role in OWN's 'Delilah.'
Trevor Jackson’s Gems on Being Self-Fulfilled as a Creative in Hollywood
Trevor Jackson takes us through his career, from getting his start on Broadway in ‘The Lion King’ to his current starring role in ‘grown-ish.’ Not only does the actor and singer revisit ‘American Crime,’ ‘Superfly,’ and more with us, but he talked about dealing with rejection and gives advice for those seeking validation as a creative.
Amber Riley Is Changing The Game in More Ways Than One
Amber Riley captivated audiences for years as Mercedes Jones on 'Glee.' She talks about that long-running series, her work on stage, her 'RILEY' EP and much more. She also dishes on producing and the series that she has in development.
Jermaine Fowler May Be 'Coming 2 America,' But He's Been Here
In 2017, actor and comedian Jermaine Fowler made history as the first Black lead for a CBS sitcom in a decade. He's gone on to star in films like 'Sorry to Bother You' and nabbed a key role in 'Coming 2 America,' playing Eddie Murphy's son. He walks us through his first jobs, a TRL gig that almost happened, his 'RuPaul's Drag Race' appearance and why he dares to not give AF.