Kelvin Harrison Jr, America’s rising star has continued to build his reputation in the film industry as a force to be reckoned with. From his role as Luce Edgar in the film, Luce starring Octavia Spencer, to his role as Teddy Green in the Epix drama, Godfather of Harlem starring Forrest Whitaker, Kelvin continues to play characters that ignite great conversations. His latest role as Tyler Williams in the romance drama, Waves alongside Sterling K. Brown, was no different.
Waves hit theaters and became an immediate topic of discussion within many families. Kelvin has toured the country and spoke on panels regarding the extremely emotional film, which follows the ups and downs of an African-American family. His hopes are that the movie continues to open up a dialogue between families, especially fathers and sons who often have the most misunderstood relationships. He admits that when it has come to the relationship with his own father, there were communication barriers. After making the film, Kelvin understood that he couldn’t judge his father due to the fact that his father didn’t know how to love or communicate in the same way he did. Kelvin says, “I feel empowered to make that step. I want families to open up and communicate. I want them to have a dialogue with each other so that they can heal together. We don’t have to exist in these past pains and traumas.”
When speaking about his current success, Kelvin says, “It is so humbling and I just feel so full inside. I actually sat down and reflected on everything. I have all my scripts and when I was cleaning up my apartment, I saw some of them and I just started to cry because I was so grateful that I got this opportunity. I could have never imagined what I would have been doing growing up in New Orleans. I’m from a family of musicians and I went to school for marketing. I never thought I was going to get the chance to move to LA or New York. It feels like I have so much purpose and I never knew what God had in store for me and my life. It’s so much bigger than I could have ever expected and I’m thankful that I mean something to people. I value myself more and it just inspired me to want to share that with other people. There are many of us that add value to this world and you would never know that until you allow yourself to go on that journey. I’m just over the moon.”
In 2020, Kelvin takes a different approach and shows his comedic side of acting. He is currently wrapping up a new film called The Photograph, a romantic comedy where he plays an intern alongside Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, Will Packer, Courtney B. Vance and more. Harrison will also be starring in the music-centric comedy Covers, where he plays Traci Ellis Ross‘ love interest. Rounding out the films to anticipate from Kelvin, he will also be starring in the crime drama film The Trial of The Chicago 7. In it, he plays Fred Hampton the man who took over the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968. The movie is based on the story of the Chicago Seven, a group of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests that took place in Chicago on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
With so many memorable roles under his belt and so many roles left to play, Kelvin Harrison Jr. is truly an actor deserving of all the love he is receiving from the industry and his supporters. Kelvin is a true Quintessential Gentleman.
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