Marvel’s Luke Cage Actor, Elijah Boothe is no stranger when it comes to the acting field. His breakout in the acting industry came in 2016. He has acted alongside Moonlight Actor Mahershala Ali and others. Elijah has earned significant parts in movies and tv series such as “Golden Boy,” “Coin Heist,” “Are We There Yet (the tv series), and “Blue Bloods” Besides acting, Elijah has been featured in international magazines such as Vogue, WWD and W Magazine.
How did you get started in the acting business? Did you go to school for it?
I sort of fell into the business at the age of 10 when I auditioned for The Lion King on Broadway and I’ve been doing it ever since.
Let’s talk about your character “Young Cottonmouth” on Luke Cage. How did you land the role?
The audition process for me was very short actually. Of course, anything Marvel is super confidential, so I had no idea that it was Luke Cage initially. Casting called me in to read once, and the rest is history.
Were there any amazing people you met on set while filming?
Absolutely! Both the cast and crew were a blast to work with. Cheo Hadari Coker (Creator), Jeph Loeb (Producer), Akela Cooper (Producer), and Andy Goddard (Director) were all amazing to work with! They gave me full reign to create who I wanted Young Cottonmouth to be which was amazing. Also getting to work with the legendary Alfre Woodard, Latanya Jackson, and share the same character as Oscar Award Winner Mahershala Ali was mind blowing. I made sure to be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge I could from these veterans.
What keeps you motivated and inspired doing what you love doing the most?
So many things but mainly my test and trials. My supporters definitely keep me going as well.
Out of all the films and tv shows you have been a part of, which ones has been your favorite and why?
I loved working on A Rainy Day In New York with Selena Gomez and Timothee Chalamet. I also had a blast working on Golden Boy on CBS with Greg Berlanti. Everyone was so amazing and gave me so much knowledge that I still carry with me to this day.
Do you have any upcoming projects coming up that you are able to discuss?
I start filming a new series soon called The Line Up alongside Isaiah Washington and La La Anthony. The Line Up is a story about various women who use their street smarts, wit, and sexual energy to dominate men. The women in this story know how to use what they have to get them what they want, and that’s money, power, and respect. I play Crit on the show.
Where do you see yourself five years from now? Ten years from now?
Honestly, I just want to tell real stories that evoke change and inspire. I definitely see myself directing, writing, and producing very soon.
If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t acting I would definitely be singing full time. I grew up singing in the church so music will always be my first love.
Are you a big Marvel fan? If so, what are some of your favorite characters and movies?
I’m obsessed with Marvel which is why I freaked out when I found out I got the role on Luke Cage! WAKANDA FOREVER! Black Panther is definitely my favorite character of all time.
What’s next for Elijah Boothe?
I’ll be releasing my EP at the end of the year produced by Knxwledge
How can your readers connect with you? Social media links? Imdb link?
You can reach me on Instagram @ElijahBoothe