Cobra Kai – aka #CobraKai hai! premiered on Sony Youtube Red this week–May 2 2018. The reviews are stupendous – 100% on rotten tomatoes; 98% popular approval. I say I say I say that is pretty nice (and, by the way, it is a GREAT SHOW!!).
Now, I had lots of recent footage to revise my demo reels. As I’m fairly technically challenged, I reached out to my go-to person Scott Poythress – @scottpoythress #DramaInc principal, great actor, great clip/demo preparer, bi-coastal hipster, and all around groovy guy), and he was ON IT! Jennifer then put these updated reels together for me– Drama Reel and Comedy Reel. Nice job Jennifer, thank you!
I am sitting in a hotel room, in Covington Louisiana, practicing my Italian. Mostly. I’m also looking at a few pictures I took today. I love this part of the world. It is a step back in time, a breath of fresh air. A place where you can live while the country implodes around you. You can seek out the sounds and smells of the lake and the rivers; Spanish moss hangs from Live Oaks centuries old. I love Mandeville, Covington, Abita Springs. Not in a spring break, let’s go drinking in New Orleans Way. I’m pretty lucky to be working here right now. Oh yes, I’m working on a Tom Hardy movie, which depicts a part of Al Capone’s life that many people are not familiar with. It’s pretty fascinating. And. Period Costumes! Period Hair!! I’m dizzy with contentment.
Blogging from my trailer— in New York. An NBC pilot. Thanks to my manager Jennifer, who is a pit bull of show biz and pitches the daylights out a person. I think she believes in my ability and for that I’m grateful. I’ll get several days work and try to pay a visit to old friends Bryan Hickey and Terry Jackson, and maybe catch a broadway show. It’s so cold this March. “Comes in like a lion” for sure.
Working in a flurry all of a sudden! Here I am in a scene with @AnaCarolinaAyora, an L.A. actress I met on the set of this popular show (to be disclosed at a later date!).
I’m going to be guest starring in a pilot starting this coming Saturday; all I can say is yes, thank you. I look forward to working several days on a very challenging role and again, will be more illuminating with respect to the show identity soon! I’ll be in Brooklyn — I look forward to eating great vegetarian food and locating the great lower east side dairy restaurants, pizza, and my favorite, #Veselka. Thank you to my agents Mystie and Bethany at @HoughtonTalent, Shirley at @CarsonAdler, and my manager Jennifer Lonardo at @Crackerjackmanagementsoutheast — they’re working hard to get me work.
I got to work on this film. YES!
These four ladies were amazing. All respect to Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Daniel Kaluuya — all wonderful in the movie — but the representations provided by Lupita Nyong’o (hell yes), Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, and Angela Bassett were INSPIRING! Ooof, I’m so excited about this; this movie gives me life! Anyhow, so my scene got cut unfortunately. But the opportunity to be directed by, spoken to, and championed by, Ryan Coogler — no words.
I was in a scene with Angela Bassett. At one point Ryan took Angela to the side and was giving her some of the finest, most inspirational direction, and I, off to the side, started weeping. It was this overwhelming feeling of being lucky, so fortunate, to experience this greatness happening before me. Maybe it was silly, but in any event, I quickly brushed the tears away when Angela came back, and I explained how blessed I felt having done so much work that year (2017), and we talked about the showbiz, and how great it was that Atlanta was getting the opportunities, etc. It was fine.
I got to meet Florence Kasumba, one of the Dora warriors. A German actress. She was interesting to talk to, sweet, inclusive. I pray for all good things for her career and life.
Back to the front (the ATL acting front that is). peace love and prayers — and action – for our divided, beleaguered country.
I made an appointment to see Kelsey Edwards — a fine headshot photographer out of L.A. It was for a limited sitting as I needed a new theatrical shot. I like these. 🙂
I’ve spent the last month and a half making treks to the set of Cobra Kai. This is a show based on The Karate Kid and stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka as Daniel LoRusso and Johnny Lawrence — 30 years later! I’m not positive who conceived of this show but I think it was the brainchild of the writers/directors/producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Ralph and Billy are also producers so they’re invested in this somehow (of course!). Also starring is Xolo Mariduena as Miguel, the teen who befriends Johnny and inspires Johnny to open up a dojo where Miguel will learn the Cobra KAI! way. I’m appearing as Rosa, Miguel’s grandmother. Xolo is such a huge talent and he’s also such a typical, dungeons & dragons playing, goofing-around kid who is very down to earth and respectful of adults. So so great. Vanessa Rubio is playing Carmen, Miguel’s mother. Vanessa is truly a gentle soul; I’m amazed to have gotten the opportunity to work so closely with such a kind AND nice AND talented AND super-gorgeous person. Vanessa and I are so blessed and thrilled about this opportunity — let’s all subscribe to Sony Youtube-Red please! Also, by the way, my ATL friends- the show is hiring tons of Atlanta talent! Yay!