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009 James Badge Dale On That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

S2 009: James Badge Dale

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Perfect is Boring: Winning with Your Imperfections // Lessons in Long-term Relationships With Yourself, Your Art, and Your Team

James Badge Dale is an American actor known for his early work in the 1990 film adaptation of Lord of the Flies, and his roles on the popular Fox TV series 24, HBO’s The Pacific, and AMC’s Rubicon.

James was born in New York City to actress Anita Morris and actor/choreographer Grover Dale. At 10 he was picked out of his 5th grade class in Wonderland Elementary School to play Simon in Lord Of The Flies. After five months on location in Jamaica, he returned to California and took a pause from the industry. He pursued hockey and played as a goalie at Manhattanville College until an injury prevented him from playing. This break from sports re-ignited his passion for acting and he decided to move to NYC to train as an actor.

Since then, and in addition to working on several award-winning TV series, he’s been in multiple feature films including The Departed with Jack Nicholson, Iron Man 3, World War Z, The Lone Ranger, Parkland, and Only The Brave. Currently you can watch him starring as Detective Ray Abruzzo in STARZ’s new crime drama Hightown.



“If you’re acting, it’s not a part time thing—it’s a full-time thing.”

“It’s the only time in life when being reactive is actual damn good.”

“I don’t want to live this way: where my own self-worth as an individual is based on these auditions.”



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045: Allen Maldonado

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Allen Maldonado is a true triple threat: actor, writer, entrepreneur. He is an accomplished actor, best known for his work in Straight Outta Compton, Black-ish, You’re The Worst, and The Equalizer. Additionally, Maldonado wrote on STARZ’s Survivor’s Remorse, an award winning show following the journeys of Cam Calloway and Reggie Vaughn, beginning in their rough Boston neighborhood to the challenges of success, fame, and money. He co-stars on ABC’s Black-ish and is currently starring alongside Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish in The Last O.G. The series follows an ex-con, played by Morgan, after being released from prison on good behavior, and struggling to find his place in his old neighborhood post gentrification. In 2017 Maldonado launched his first digital app Everybody Digital, a new platform designed to showcase short films and their filmmakers.

Outside of his acting career, Maldonado is a successful entrepreneur. He runs a record company-Get It Done Records; a production company-Only Son Productions; and a T-shirt line-Vineyards Phinest, where a portion of the proceeds go to his foundation. As a staunch advocate for higher education, community service, and encouraging youth to pursue the arts, Maldonado is the founder of Demo Nerds, a foundation that provides free acting classes, tools, and services for at-risk youth and foster children in the inner cities of Los Angeles. Additionally, the organization frequently collaborates with other city programs such as “The Boys & Girls Club,””The Dream Center,” and the “New Village Girls Academy”.

INSTAGRAM: @maldonadoiseverywhere

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“Acting is what I do, not who I am.”

“You are what your most dominant thoughts are.”

“Most actors think they’re getting into a career, and you’re not. What you’re getting into is starting a small business.”


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