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059: Mehcad Brooks

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Mehcad Brooks is an actor, musician, and producer raised in Austin, Texas. From bringing characters to life on screen, to writing and producing films, and recording soulful music under an alias, award-winning actor and musician, Mehcad Brooks, has become known in the entertainment industry for his raw and refined talent, charisma, and moving presence. Throughout his successful and celebrated career Brooks is best known for his work in USA’s “Necessary Roughness,” for his portrayal of Terrence King, starring alongside Scott Cohen and Callie Thorne. He is also known for his characterisation of Eggs in Alan Ball’s HBO series “True Blood,” and for his work in ABC’s hit show “Desperate Housewives,” portraying Matthew Applewhite. Additionally Brooks starred in Noah Hawley’s docu-drama “My Generation,” and “The Deep End.” His film credits include his breakout role is Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Glory Road” as Harry Flournoy, which followed the 1966 first all-black college basketball teams starting line-up and their eventual NCAA national championship win. Brooks was also featured in “In the Valley of Elah,” “Adulterers,” “Wildlife,” “Just Wright,” and “About Last Night.”

Brooks is currently starring in Greg Berlanti’s “Supergirl” as James Olsen in the shows fourth season, along with Melissa Benoist and David Harewood. You can catch his most recent film, Tyler Perry’s “Nobody’s Fool,” starring Brooks, Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg in theatres now.

While bringing characters to life remains one of Mehcad’s biggest passions, his love for telling stories through music is equally important.  Writing and recording under the moniker KING GVPSV, Mehcad recently released his debut, full length album “May 20th” on July 13, 2018.  The album features 16 soulful brand-new tracks, including the single “Tears Away” which has been featured in an episode of his series “Supergirl.”  The album was inspired by multiple near-death experiences that Mehcad has endured, all taking place on May 20th and forever changing his life.

 

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“I don’t think we do new things as actors. I think that we can unlock the things that we remember from childhood.”

“I felt like I could affect the world in a much more dynamic way using my artistic tools rather than my athletic tools.”

“The only part of an audition that you can control is your preparation and your confidence. That’s it.”

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