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From the Navy to Hollywood, that is the story of rising actor, Mahdi Cocci. Cocci, one of the stars of Tyler Perry’s hit Bet+ Show, Bruh, and the Issa Rae Netflix hit movie The Love Birds, describes his upbringing as traditional. “My mom instilled the importance of post-secondary education for financial success,” says Cocci. “And God bless her for it.” Scouted by an agency, the Minneapolis, Minnesota, born actor decided to put his burgeoning career on hold once the push for him not to attend school entered the conversation. “That really wasn’t going to fly with mom,” Cocci explains. But now, after serving in the Navy for 10 years, Mahdi has shifted into turbo mode with his growing resume.
While at a lake getaway in Deep Creek, Maryland, Cocci has recognized the importance of keeping his mental health in check during the current civil unrest and pain that is sweeping this nation. “With production shut down, there’s no auditioning and I love to audition. There is a feeling of incompleteness.” Mahdi says that it is human interaction these days that is keeping him from going stir crazy. “The interaction is really stimulating. The chance to converse and express myself really helps,” he describes.
In fact, it was the interaction between Mahdi and his childhood friend that first led him to believe he could model. It's the interaction between Mahdi and some of his fellow actors, who are now practicing monologues and scene studies together, that is keeping him creatively alive. Cocci’s passion for human interaction is fitting as he takes on his latest role, Tom Brooks, on Tyler Perry’s Bruh.