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Demetrius Shipp Jr. talks upping his acting game while in quarantine


Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicActor Demetrius Shipp Jr. misses rehearsals and being on set due to the cancellation of movie shoots and premieres due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He stars in the upcoming RZA-directed film Cut Throat City, the release of which has been for a later date this spring due to the OVID-19 pandemic.

During these times of self-isolation, Demetrius has been cleaning his house, building his workout regime, and working on his acting game. 

“I’ve also been studying some of my favorite actors, in hopes to apply some of the things that I see them doing and have done in their careers to my own career and my craft,” he tells ABC Audio.

A 2017 VIBE interview possibly points up to one of his favorite actors, Will Smith. Shipp said then, “I would like to do is [something] like The Pursuit of Happyness,” wanting a role “that motivates me, inspires me. It changes me.”

Demetrius made his acting debut as Tupac Shakur in the hip-hop biopic All Eyez On Me, then starred as Tyrone, on CW’s All American. A rookie in the game, he’as also appeared in BET’s Tales and CW’s All American, available on Netflix, which he personally recommends for viewing while isolating at home. 

But for now, Shipp looks forward to the time where we’re “able to be in social settings again where it’s, free and open and happy and we’re not like social distancing.”

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