Jay Ellis is set to dazzle on-and-off screen in the new season of HBO’s Insecure. He'll direct an upcoming episode of the infectious dramedy
Some excerpts from his interview:
About directing: I think it’s something I’ve wanted to try once I started working a little bit more. I just, I love storytelling; I eat it, breathe it, live it speak it, like all day long. And for me, I think finding different ways to tell stories or telling stories from different perspectives, you know, I can’t be every character but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a perspective on the storytelling and that I could potentially help tell the story as a director.
Jay's going to be in Top Gun: Maverick. He comes from an aviation background:
I remember being a kid, my dad was in the Air Force, my grandfather was in the Air Force, and we lived on tons of Air Force bases, and they have theatres on some of the bases. And you go and they bring in new movies but they also bring back classics every once in a while, and I remember being a kid and like my first memory of seeing Top Gun is in a theater on an Air Force base
And i called my dad, I called my parents and I’m just, ‘Hey, I’m going to be in Top Gun!’ and they were excited for a second and then my dad gets really quiet and he’s like, ‘But that’s the Navy, right?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah…’
And he’s like, ‘Aw man, that’s too bad, I guess you can’t be perfect.’
About working with Tom Cruise:
He’s a great… he’s a really great dude. Getting to spend all that time with him on set every day. You know, every day we were on set, he was there which is also amazing. He was a co-star and a filmmaker and a mentor, and he would cheer us on. And he would talk with us about character and about choices and about movies he had done, different films that he likes and what he likes. It was just, it was a surreal experience. It truly, truly was. It’s everything you want when you work with somebody like that.
About his volunteer experience:
I’ve always done a lot of volunteering. My mom was always really big on… you know, we give back even when we don’t have anything like there’s always somebody a little bit less fortunate. There’s always somebody you can help.
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