Jermel Howard is an actor who isn’t new to your TV screen. You may have seen him in episodes of Law and Order SVU, For Better or Worse or Orange is the New Black. Recently you’ve seem him play Shakeem on Netflix hit superhero show Luke Cage.
The Quintessential Gentleman spoke with Jermel Howard about his thoughts of a Black Superhero, being apart of Luke Cage and filming the highly anticipated Tupac biopic, All Eyes on Me.
QG: We are seeing you everywhere these days. How long have you been acting and how did you get your start?
Jermel Howard (JH): I’ve been acting for a little over 10 years. My first film was “The brave one” alongside actress Jodie foster and actor Terrance Howard. The director and I just clicked immediately.
QG: In the past week, Luke Cage is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. How did you feel about the role of Shameek Smith?
JH: This role was probably the most awesome role I’ve ever played. Shameek’s character was very layered. You get to see him a little comical. You got to see him in action with guns, and you got to see him on the drama side with that junkyard gangster scene.
QG: How was your experience filming Luke Cage?
JH: The experience was amazing. Just to be in a marvel project is amazing in itself. Marvel projects are my favorite. As a kid that’s all I watched, besides Bruce Lee. Ha. So it was a surreal experience.
QG: Were you a comic book fan before being casted in Luke Cage? Who is your favorite superhero?