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Joshua Mikel Interview with the "nice" Savior

From Conyers, GA, Josh Mikel is the son of elementary school teacher Anne Mikel and jack-of-all-trades John Mikel. A graduate of Florida State University's Theatre and Creative Writing programs, Josh honed his craft on the stages at FSU's School of Theatre. The Walking Dead Fans known him as Savior Jared.

- Thank you Joshua for your spontaneous commitment for the Fans
Absolutely- thanks for having me.

- How did you get your role  in The Walking Dead as the Savior Jared? 

Long story short, I auditioned for the show many many times through my agent J Pervis Talent- from season 3 to season 7, so the local casting director that casts the show, Lisa Mae Fincannon, knew my work. Finally booked the job season 7!


- Joshua ,  did you watch the show or read the graphic novel, prior to
 your casting to The Walking Dead?

I did read the graphic novel, & had watched season 1. I’m not a huge horror/ gore fan actually- I love drawing gross stuff, but watching it tends to unsettle me too much.


- Working with Andrew Lincoln ,Lennie James or Khary Payton will be a dream for every
TWD Fan, what can you say about working with some of this guys?

I had long loved Lennie’s work before getting on the show, so it was particularly special to get a chance to work with him. Andy is about the sweetest dude you could ever have the pleasure of meeting, & the same goes for Khary. Since Khary & I started the same season, I got to know him a little better, & had loved his voice work before I even met him. He was kind enough to record a little audio clip for my nephew in Cyborg’s (from Teen Titans Go!) voice.


- Your role as Jared , the "nice" Savior was something special. How much Joshua is in Jared?
I think there’s actually a good bit of myself in Jared. I find the more I act, the more I book roles that are different versions of myself. I’m a smart ass, for sure, so that part of me is certainly in Jared.


- How much has the series The Walking Dead and your part as Jared influenced your life? Can you
 go outside unrecognized ?

Yeah, I don’t get recognized a ton anymore, but I did for a while during the seasons I was working & the year after. I think folks have more to worry about these days- & now we’re all wearing masks, so it’s pretty easy to stay anonymous :)


- What was the best thing or the funniest moment about working on The
Walking Dead?Is there something special you can share with us?

I say this a lot, but it was so cool working with the group of folks that I got to work with when I started- all the kingdom folks in my first scene & my buddy Jayson Warner Smith all were having some of our first days on set, so it was just lovely to share that experience with them & share the awe of beginning our TWD journey together there.


- Before you work for The Walking Dead you was a part of „Rectify “ , "Nashville" , "Game of Silence" and many more. What was your favorite role so far?

I had an absolute blast on this show called Hindsight. It was on VH1, & the cast & crew, the writers- all so lovely & supportive. I had so much fun there & really hoped it would stick around. Also Rectify was a career/ life affirming experience I will never forget.


- You are currently working on  "Queen Fur" , "Greenland" and some more. What can you tell us about your future project´s?

Queen Fur was actually a pilot that didn’t get picked up, but for some reason is still floating atop my IMDB- unfortunately that won’t see the light of day, but was a great time to work.

As for other projects, I’m playing the legendary drummer Roger Hawkins in the forthcoming Aretha Franklin pic “Respect”- I worked that earlier this year before the world got turned upside down, & I think that will be really special.

Greenland was really cool as well. I got to work with Gerard Butler, who’s an absolute bad ass & lovely person, & I’m excited to see how our scenes turn out.

Other than that I did an episode of Doom Patrol I’m excited for folks to see & I’ve done a couple cool indie projects I hope will see the light of day sooner or later.

- Is there anything else you would like to let The Walking Dead Fans and your fans know?

I truly appreciate the support from the TWD fans. It’s amazing how much the show has changed my life & I’m truly thankful for the opportunity the show gave me. If you’d like to see me at a convention near you (once we’re safe & sound from this virus) please contact the conventions close to you & let them know! And of course, you can follow me at Instagram, on Facebook, & Twitter to stay up to date on my work. Or  Thank you! 

- Thank you Joshua Mikel being my guest and i hope to see you soon in germany.

Danke schön, meine Freunde!  

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