Jharrel Jerome is an American actor. He is best known for starring in Barry Jenkins's acclaimed drama film Moonlight, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and for portraying a role in Netflix miniseries When They See Us.
The Envelope Please... Film and television awards season is officially here! On this episode, Paula Wallace sits with Jharrel Jerome, an actor who is no stranger to accolades since his historic Emmy win for 'When They See Us.' In January 19th, Jharrel is poised to make history again at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards. Should Jharrel win the SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, he will be the youngest person ever to win for the category. Jharrel may be young, but his robust passion for the arts and intelligence provide him the gravitas of a seasoned veteran. Paula and Jharrel sat at the most recent SCAD Savannah Film Festival and the two caught up on his life since the Emmys, his upcoming projects, and where he hopes to go in his career.
In this episode, Krista talks to 21 year-old actor Jharrel Jerome who, despite his youth, has already appeared in a Best Picture Oscar winner: “Moonlight.” Now, he stars in “When They See Us,” the limited series executive produced, directed, and co-written by Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay. It’s a devastating account of the events surrounding the the African American and Latino teenagers labeled the “Central Park Five,” who were falsely accused of raping and assaulting a woman in 1989. Jerome talks about growing up in the Bronx, how he coped while filming this traumatic true-life story, and he discusses the pressures facing young actors in the age of social media.
This special podcast episode features conversations with When They See Us creator, co-writer and director Ava DuVernay together with the talented cast of the four-part docu-drama from Netflix. Since its release on May 31st, Netflix says When They See Us has been the most-watched series on the platform. Based on a true story, When They See Us is an historical account of the five teenagers wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in Central Park in 1989. The four-part series focuses on the young men – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise – who were sentenced between five and 15 years in prison and juvenile detention centers. In 2002, all five men were exonerated of their crimes after DNA evidence and a confession from the lone attacker, Matias Reyes, proved their innocence. Vanity Fair said, “But even the most eloquent and evocative documentaries don’t involve the viewer as deeply as a brilliant acting performance, the kind that DuVernay gets from Jharrel Jerome (as Korey Wise), Marquis Rodriguez (Raymond Santana), Ethan Herisse (Yusef Salaam), Asante Blackk (Kevin Richardson) and Caleel Harris (Antron McCray). Empathy springs from the tiny emotional inflections that make it all so agonizingly real.” In the second episode, Oprah speaks with the real-life exonerated five.See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
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Oct 9th, 1997
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1 hour, 33 minutes
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