Recently I had the opportunity to interview, The Maze Runner actor Dexter Darden.
Who is Dexter Darden?
Dexter Darden grew up in Camden, NJ and has been a performer from the early age of 3. Dexter began his career singing in his local church choir, captivating the hearts of the attendees. Growing up Dexter watched performers such as Michael Jackson & Denzel Washington on the big screen, with the hope of aspiring to be a performer himself one day. These performers opened doors for other African American performers because of their amazing work and great contributions to the field of entertainment, allowing other African American actors the opportunity to follow the same path.
Dexter Darden Micheal Jackson Thriller tribute
Dexter’s early exposure to performing in front of large crowds would provide opportunities for him to sing and perform off-Broadway such as the Nutcracker and the Phantom of the Opera.
“Working in theater provided me the confidence to act on camera.”
Dexter breaks into acting
Dexter began working in Film and Television in 2006. He has worked on projects that have included actors; Julia Roberts, Whoopie Goldberg, Jerry Seinfield, Paul Mc Cartney, Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow and many more.
However, Dexter got his big break when he was casted for the movie Joyful Noise.
“Working alongside Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, I gained so much knowledge. Both actors provided me with guidance to be successful as an actor”
Latest Project: Movie Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the finale of the Maze Runner trilogy. This is the final mission for the gladers, and in the finale the gladers will find answers as to how and why they ended up in the maze.
“This is the final movie so pay close attention, all of the questions you had will be answered.”
What’s Next for Dexter?
Dexter’s next film, “Burden” is set to be released at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The movie documents the story of Mike Burden, a Ku Klux Klan man who attempts to leave the organization for love. His departure is not well received, and the Klan seeks to get vengeance. Mike is provided a safe haven by a black reverend (Forest Whitaker) with the intent of showing Mike and his family the true meaning of love.
Additionally, Dexter plans to release new music, act more and participate in more plays.
“I would love to participate in Hamilton”
FUN FACT ABOUT DEXTER: HE LOVES TO COOK