Director and Actor Andre Jenkins Talks Career, Idols and Guilty Pleasure
Current project: Torn as an actor and Crossroads as a director, 11Eleven11 Project films.
Where you were born and raised: Baltimore and Atlanta
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Why did you take the role in Torn?
The opportunity to be a part of a movie production in any way, how could I say no?
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor?
Mel Jackson. Being around him on set, I watch how he interacts with other actors coaching them and offering his advice. This means a lot to me because he believes in us and he has success in the business. Also, I met Rob Hardy on the set of Vampire Diaries and he gave me advice on how to pursue my career, which helps me to this day.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living:
Freshman year of college. I was watching a movie at home and I really wanted to switch lives with the characters in the movie. So I signed up for two acting classes immediately after that.
Your personal acting idols:
Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mel Jackson.
What drew you to the 11Eleven11 Project as a director?
Sharon Tomlinson. She talked to me about the project and I trusted her. I’m glad I did because she continues to offer everyone involved opportunities to learn and grow together working on our passion.
What do you hope viewers walk away with after seeing Crossroads?
I hope the viewers realize that family is where it starts. Your family will always have your back in any situation.
Who are your personals idols in the directing industry?
Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Denzel Washington, Mel Jackson, Tyler Perry, Howard Gibson, Rob Hardy and Will Parker
The one movieyou will never forget:
The Dark Knight
Last good movie you saw:
Ted, it was funny.
Some films you consider classics:
Reservoir Dogs, Alpha Dog, The dark Knight, How to Be a Player, He Got Game, Baby Boy, Boyz N the Hood, and Friday … all three
Performer you would drop everything to go see:
Denzel Washington, Will Smith or Leonardo DiCaprio
Pop culture guilty pleasure:
Atlanta, New York and Washington, D.C.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned:
Life after Death by The Notorious B.I.G.
What’s on your music playlist?
I’m currently expanding my musical collection so I have a little of everything old and new.
Last book you read:
Film Directing Fundamentals by Nicholas T. Proferes
Mac or PC?
Google and YouTube
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:
On another set a character forgot all of their lines. It was very embarrassing.
Most challenging role you have played:
Being Robby Jr., it was an emotional rollercoaster
Worst job you ever had:
I think not having a job is the worst job. Some income is better than none.
Favorite screen or commercial opportunities:
Directing Crossroads and acting in Torn.
Being an extra on Vampire Diaries and making YouTube videos.
Three things you can’t live without:
My family, my friends and movies