The primary season of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger involves an finish Thursday and actor Aubrey Joseph, who performs one of many leads within the Freeform hit, spoke to EBONY about portraying a Black teen with superpowers on tv and the affect he’s had on followers.
EBONY: What has this expertise been like for you?
Joseph: It’s a bit of bittersweet. It’s a special expertise from truly filming the present. Clearly, filming the present there’s a number of exhausting work, particularly since this was my first time. I wasn’t positive how issues would find yourself trying and how the sequence would find yourself trying as a complete.
I’m simply so glad how every thing goes and the fan response. I’m beginning to see extra followers discover me out in public and it’s been a enjoyable expertise.
I’m simply glad we’ve a present that basically offers with actual points [that people] cope with slightly than what we see in society with all these stereotypes… . [There are] a number of matters that have to be talked about on TV.
What has the fan response to your character Tyrone Johnson?
Essentially the most [reactions] that I see [are] undoubtedly on Instagram. In public, essentially the most I noticed was at Comedian-Con. In every single place we went folks have been so excited to see us. That was loopy for me as a result of that is my first lead function.
The largest factor for me is all of the younger Black folks, who have been like, “You haven’t any thought how inspiring the character Tyrone is to me. To see somebody who appears like me on TV each week is so inspiring. Thanks for doing one thing like this and nonetheless being your self.”
It retains me impressed too as a result of we’re all nonetheless looking for ourselves. Simply seeing that my work actually means one thing to folks is humbling and a blessing.
In a clip from the season finale, you confront a cop who accuses you of being a “cop killer,” and who refers to you as “boy.” Your character’s response to that was very highly effective. Many Black males locked up hardly ever if ever get that probability, to talk to a police officer that manner. What was it like delivering that scene? What did it imply to you?
[Delivering such a] highly effective scene spoke to the expansion of Tyrone this season. The discuss that Ty has together with his mother within the first episode is totally totally different in episode 9. I really feel that Tyrone is lastly beginning to see that it doesn’t matter what [he] does that there’ll be stress with the police, there’s nonetheless going to be this stress from everybody for me to be this excellent function [model.] It doesn’t matter what he does, he can nonetheless get killed, nonetheless get in hassle and nonetheless get arrested.
It was a extremely impactful second for me on set. It was one of many longest monologues that I’ve ever finished on digital camera [and it was] a studying expertise not only for Ty, however for me as nicely.
Cloak & Dagger was renewed for a second season. Is there something within the comics that you just want to see in Season Two? What storylines are you hoping the present explores?
I’m actually assured in our author’s room. I believe we’ve probably the greatest writers room on TV. We mentioned that Season Two might be mayhem… . I’ll depart that to everybody to piece collectively. I undoubtedly assume you’d see extra motion for Tandy and Tyrone, and much more of them working collectively to save lots of the day. They’re realizing they’ve these powers for a purpose. Lots of people [also] need them to be in a romantic relationship. We’ll see.
Has the present opened up extra appearing alternatives for you?
It’s slowly getting there. I believe it’ll take a bit of little bit of time, however it’s getting there. It’s a blessing for me as nicely to be approached with totally different roles slightly than going by a complete total audition course of. [The show] has been such an enormous enhance for my profession, and I’m honored to play a personality akin to Ty who has a large emotional vary.
[We] bought to inform a narrative of what the thoughts of a younger Black man is. Despite the fact that there’s a number of anger in him due to what has occurred in his previous, there’s a number of love and there’s a number of intelligence in that younger man. He’s a lot greater than what stereotypes have been placed on us.
I’m glad that I’ve the prospect to be part of one thing as huge as Marvel. I can’t wait to do extra of Cloak & Dagger.
The finale of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger airs Aug. 2 at eight p.m. on Freeform.