You know him. He’s an ‘oh yeah, that guy!’ that you love and have watched for decades. He’s Colman Domingo, and he’s the hardest working man in show business.
You probably know him best for his most recent work Victor Strand in AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead (which returns in early April) and as Ali in HBO’s Emmy-winning hit Euphoria (you can catch his standalone episode with Zendaya on HBO Max now). But his 30 years in the entertainment industry, Domingo is a true jack of all trades, a renaissance man. He’s expansive theater background has earned him Obie awards and Drama Desk nominations. He directed a production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars for the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2015, which made him the perfect choice for Cutler in the film version of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which premiered on Netflix in December. This year, he earned his first Screen Actors Guild award nomination as a member of the film’s cast and his first Film Independent Spirit Award nomination, in Best Supporting Male.
His enormously popular web series, Bottomless Brunch (part of an overall deal he secured with AMC), is in season 3 right now and will air its March 7 timed to International Women’s Day (March 8).
He also continues working in theater – writing, mentoring, virtual reading, and has set up an honorarium at the Vineyard theater: “The Colman Domingo Award.” It provides a Black male artist and male-identifying with 5K, studio space, mentoring and other support. For the first two years the award is being funded by an African American General Electric executive and arts lover whom he met on a plane and in the future Colman will be underwriting it himself.
2021 is going to be a banner year for Domingo with feature films including the upcoming No Remorse (with Michael B. Jordan) which will be out in the spring, The God Committee, Zola in the summer and Candyman in August.
I had the great pleasure of talking with Colman Domingo about his career, working with the late Chadwick Boseman, what’s important to him as a creator and share a laugh about a mutual friend and Oscar-winning director.
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