You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


Actor Jared Brown is getting the right kind of attention

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

Age: 22

Hometown: Canton, Ga.

Continue reading below

Think of: A young Courtney B. Vance

What caught our eye: His fiery yet nuanced portrayal of Julian, an aspiring hip-hop artist whose outward confidence masks inner doubt, in Idris Goodwin’s “How We Got On,’’ at Company One.

Lightbulb moment: “In eighth grade I was doing ‘Oliver Twist’ at my middle school. At the time, I was getting into trouble a lot. I was the Artful Dodger [in the play]. That was the first moment I realized I had something to offer the world. That was the first moment I realized that I didn’t have to get in trouble to get people’s attention.’’

Continue reading it below

Biggest thrill: “The biggest thrill for me was when I performed at the unveiling of the Martin Luther King monument in Washington, D.C. I got to perform a monologue [drawn from] a speech of his, talking about education, and how we as African-Americans especially should use it to our benefit. I met Cuba Gooding Jr., who was a big hero of mine growing up. Having him see something that I did, and come up to me and want to talk to me, was a completely awe-striking moment. It was like ‘Wow, this is not supposed to happen.’ ”

Biggest surprise: “I don’t mean to get dark, but the most eye-opening thing was my mother passing away a couple of months ago. That was my first time experiencing death. That was the first time I had lost somebody really close to me. It made me step back and reevaluate things.’’

Inspired by: “My family. I draw great inspiration from my father, my mother. Just self-sacrificing people. I feel like they’re my real-life version of superheroes. They sacrificed so much so that I could pursue what I wanted to pursue.’’

Aspires to: “I just want to be an actor. I love this idea of putting on different faces each day, and providing people an escape. I want to be in movies, and I want to give back to people, to remind people what it’s like to live.’’

For good luck: “I have this cross pendant that my grandmother and grandfather gave to me pretty soon before they passed. And I have this gold ring with a few diamonds in it that my grandfather used to wear when he worked for the Valvoline oil company. If I’m in a show that allows me to, I always wear my mother’s earrings, these little diamond studs.’’

What people should know: “I’m an extremely sensitive, heartfelt person. Family means the most to me. And I’m extremely loyal.’’

Coming soon: Brown will portray the shepherd Silvius in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.’’


Don Aucoin can be reached at
Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of