We were fortunate enough to talk ish with actor…Marc John Jefferies!!! Marc started acting at a very young age and appeared in his first film Losing Isaiah starring Halle Berry. Since Losing Isaiah, Marc has starred in movies like Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, Notorious, The Haunted Mansion, and that’s only just to name a few. Let’s get to know Marc John Jefferies…
3 Voices: Although you are still very young, you have been acting for almost 20 years. How did you get started acting?
Marc J. Jefferies: My dad gave me my start when I was a baby, I was literally 3 weeks old and he was a director/photographer. A baby that he had on the American Express campaign got sick and he needed a replacement. I just came home from the hospital like 2 weeks ago and my dad said to my mom, “…I got to use Marc. I don’t have anyone else…” So I was a little light skin pile looking baby with blue eyes and that’s how I first got my start. And from then his friends told him to take me to Ford Modeling Agency to set up a meeting with them, Ford loved me and I started modeling from then. Modeling turned into commercials, commercials turned into movies.
3 Voices: One of your first standout roles, and an iconic one at that, was Losing Isaiah. How much do you remember about filming that movie? Do you remember what it was like working with Halle Berry?
Marc J. Jefferies: My memory of that movie is very vague…very limited. I remember particular things like ice cream,…I remember Halle Berry and Jessica Lange brought me gifts. Halle brought me a Connect set and some chocolate. Jessica brought me this talking Fred Flintstone watch. [I remember] Halle and I were playing Ring Around The Rosie and I slipped out of her hand and I ran into a pole. My face was bruised and they had to stop shooting for like three days.
3 Voices: We went through your IMDB and saw that you have done a lot of amazing roles over the years. What are some of your favorite roles?
Marc J. Jefferies: I really like Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Since Losing Isaiah, I haven’t quite had the opportunity to show what I can do as a dramatic actor in a long time and that’s my love right there …I love drama. Get Rich, I would say is one of the biggest films since Losing Isaiah where I’ve been able to show what I can do as a dramatic actor to a certain extinct. I had fun on the set of Notorious…that was a good one. The Hunted Mansion created a lot of opportunities for me. Not just with other roles but being around Eddie Murphy, he kinda took me under his wing, treated me like family, mentoring me and I was able to meet a lot of other A List celebrities based on his nourishing, they kinda shared a lot with me. But to be honest, one of my favorite [roles] is Superman 2, even though I had a little part. I hit them with the one line…quick cameo. I love super hero movies. To be part of a super hero movie was a great experience.
3 Voices: What was it like playing Lil Cease in Notorious? What kind of advice did you give you?
Marc J. Jefferies: It was great playing Lil Cease because I had him there on set to draw a lot of ideas from and how things actually went down, so it made it a lot easier. Cease is a cool, loving dude. Not only to be working with him, somebody that’s a living legend as being a part of Biggie but to also be working with somebody who is so cool. He has a new workout called This Hard Body Fitness. I did a couple of episodes for that and we hang out every now and then. I was doing a movie called Brotherly Love with Queen Latifah and Cease came out to visit the set out in Phily just to hang out and realized I was in the movie and then they threw him in the movie for a cameo. Once people see that, it’s gone be interesting…[that] funny little bit. That experience altogether was funny.
3 Voices: We noticed that you were a part of the HBO TV Series, Treme which is a really amazing show. What is like to be involved in a project like?
Marc J. Jefferies: That was dope! Treme was a cool project because it was a show based off the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It showed how the people were native to that particular area in New Orleans but also to the whole state of Louisiana. What they had to go through in order to get back on their feet. I’m big on people, and New Orleans has some of the best people around…so I loved doing Treme!
3 Voices: We also saw that you have a few films coming out this year? Can you tell us about them?
Marc J. Jefferies: I have Brotherly Love coming out. That’s a project with myself, KeKe Palmer, Romeo Miller, Cory Hardict and Malik Yoba. Queen Latifah is the executive producer. I have another coming out called Happy Baby which is a movie based off a bestselling novel. That movie is going to be interesting…part of what makes the movie great is how the story is told. I have a self project that I am about to start shooting called No Black Girls Please…I play this eccentric fashion designer that befriends an up and coming supermodel from Brooklyn. I’m the executive producer of my own show; nothing is yet set in stone but that project is definitely coming out. I have a lot going on…just staying busy.
3 Voices: We also noticed that you have your own acting class. What kind of things do you offer actors? What advice would you give an up and coming actor?
Marc J. Jefferies: Yes, Marc John Acting Academy! For a person that is trying to get into this [acting] business, I would say be diligent…don’t get emotionally attached to your pursue in the industry because things take time and certain things take time for certain people. Some kids, when they’re 13 or 14 they hit 6’1 or 6’2, others have to wait until they reach 18 or 19 to really get their growth spurt…it’s all about timing. The same thing with acting, some people [can] try it and be successful right off the back but others may try and things may not proceed in the time or in the way that you originally intended but the whole part is to stay dedicated. Acting should always be something that you love to do because you do have to sacrifice a lot for it. If you don’t have a love for the industry and you just trying to get in it for money sake. [There’ll come a time] when you start looking at the sacrifices that you had to give up in the pursue of the business, 9 times out of 10 you’re gonna stop pursuing it and you gone find out that you wasted a lot of your time and energy. One thing that I say is…love it and really be in it for the long haul.
3 Voices: How can people reach out to Marc John Jefferies on social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and etc.?
Marc J. Jefferies: Twitter @marcjohnj
Facebook: Marc John Jefferies Jr Acting Class
And there you have it people! You heard it all from Marc John Jefferies himself! He such an amazing, talent, sweet and humble individual. Be on the lookout for all his upcoming projects and follow him on all social media accounts to see what he’s up to next. Much success to you Marc and keep in touch!
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