Da’Vinchi, who stars in the highly anticipated Starz series, “Black Mafia Family” from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson(Power, Power Book II: Ghost, For Life), plays the lead role of the infamous ‘Terry Flenory.’ Having always known he wanted to be in the “storytelling business,” there was no doubt he would land in the world of arts! His role in the series marks a major stepping stone for his career as he co-starred with amazing actors and actresses! Also making his debut on Broadway, Da’Vinchi is soaring high!
Why did you decide to become an actor? What drew you in the most?
I’ve always loved movies and storytelling ever since I was a kid. Growing up, whenever I would watch scenes to my favorite movies, my brothers and I would start acting them out. I didn’t really consider it as a legitimate career path until college, but I always dreamed of what it would be like to ‘make it.’ In college, I took an acting class and my professor told me that I really should consider it as a career. Not long after I landed my first role in “Jessica Jones” and the rest is history!
Growing up, what role did film/television play in your life? In what ways did it help you?
I was always fascinated with the movie-making process. I love the behind-the-scenes blooper series, I used to be so intrigued by those extras. I love storytelling and I think you can heal, motivate, and help people through TV and Film. I’ve been inspired by certain movies I’ve watched that have had a lasting impact on my life.
On set of, BLACK MAFIA FAMILY, what was one of your favorite moments?
One of my favorite memories on set is when I was playing spades with Snoop Dogg, and I made him lose by accident because I was trying to multitask and ended up distracting him. This was during lunch, and we were so into the game that Randy had to come find us to get us back on set.
Who did you connect with the most on set? Do you have any impactful stories to share?
I really connected with Ajiona Alexus, who plays ‘Kato.’ We were able to relate a lot and I was always able to vent to her whenever I was feeling stressed or overwhelmed. We were each other’s confidant on set for sure.
What did you learn about yourself on that set?
I learned a lot about myself on set. The biggest lesson for me was that when my back is against a wall and I’m really under a lot of pressure, that’s when I do my best work.
You are also making your debut on Broadway, congrats! Why did you originally audition for Thoughts of a Colored Man?
Thank you! I was excited to get into theatre because it’s the last avenue of acting that I haven’t gotten to do yet. Theatre is a different animal and I think it’s going to elevate me to a new level in my career.
How are you feeling about being in the first Broadway play since shutdown?
It’s historical. I feel honored to be a part of it.
What are you most looking forward to about this performance?
For me, this is the first time I’ll be playing a role from beginning to end with pretty much no breaks, and with a live audience. I think this will be challenging and I’m looking forward to it. This is also the first time in history that there’s been an all-black cast on Broadway and from such an interesting perspective. The play is about seven emotions, from lust, love, passion, depression, anger, wisdom, and happiness. It tells a story from all those emotions from the point of view of a black man in this country. It tackles a lot of important topics and I think this is going to be a very powerful play. I hope everyone enjoys it!
Share with us something most people do not know about you.
Most people don’t know that I’m fluent in two languages, English is not my first language, and I can play the piano.
What comes next?
Thoughts of a Colored Man staring it’s run in the beginning of October.
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