If you have yet to hear his name or really get to know his face, put him on your watch list now! This is one exciting young man that is on his way up the ladder of success in Hollywood. So, take a minute and get to know Jalon Christian.
According to his official biography, Jalon was born in Boston and like every Bostonian is an avid Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox Fan. Yet, the talented young man didn’t leave that competitive spirit behind when he moved to LA and is himself, in addition to being a rising star in Tinseltown, a celebrated quarterback, as he has led his school’s league to multiple championships.
Jalon’s professional acting resume includes: DC’s Black Adam, where he will star alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; A Journal for Jordan, where he was directed by Denzel Washington; Selfie Dad; and Saving Christmas. Jalon’s performance in A Journal for Jordan earned him his first professional award nomination for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture at the 2022 NAACP Image Awards.
“I know it is my life’s purpose to represent and tell stories that will inspire people to embrace all sides of who they are while not having to pick just one,” Jalon said of his role in A Journal for Jordan. “The message of this film does just that.”
Want to know more about this amazing young man and his role in A Journal for Jordan? Well, check out a snippet from his recent interview with Young Entertainment below.
Young Entertainment Mag: What are some techniques that helped get you into character?
Jalon Christian: When you are playing any character it’s vital to honor the emotional experience they are going through. Especially when you are playing a real person’s life story. Being bi-racial I have dealt with cruelty of someone who felt threatened by it. It was very important to me to show what this feels like once someone is behind closed doors. Create a kinder narrative around anyone who looks different then ourself. So the best technique I used was really having an open heart.
YEM: What was your favorite scene to shoot and why?
Jalon: I loved shooting every scene. Some of my favorite time on the movie was actually in rehearsals. It was the only time Mr. Washington, Michael B. Jordan and Chante Adams were all together. To spend this time breaking down the material and characters with Denzel Washington was a master class in life.
YEM: What was it like working with the talented Michael B. Jordan, did he give you any acting tips? Did you pick up on any of his skills that you plan to use for future projects?
Jalon: I didn’t personally have any scenes with him, but we did have rehearsals prior to filming. I remember watching him go through what his character was going through during these rehearsals, fully submerging himself into Charles. He was so incredibly kind and graceful, and I was really taken by how thoughtfully he studied his character. I could tell he had a great respect for the craft of acting, and specifically for the character he was playing.
YEM: What was the hardest thing for you to do while filming and how did you overcome it?
Jalon: I would say the hardest thing was the wrap. To work with the greatest of all time Mr. Washington was some of the most divine moments of my life. I shall forever cherish the time I spent with him. So on the last day of the shoot, we ended with my scene. It was so difficult to say goodbye to this incredible character, the cast, crew and especially Mr. Washington. I guess I over came it with gratitude I got to experience it in the first place.
YEM: What’s your favorite way to Journal?
Jalon: (I love writing and using my instagram) One of the techniques I was introduced to by my Manager & Acting Coach, Constance, is the idea of writing morning pages every day when I wake up. The goal is not to be perfect, but to just get whatever thoughts are coming to me down on the page with no judgment or correction. And then I just crumple them up and throw them away. I’m also on social media so my Instagram is a way for me to document bigger events in my life that I can look back on whenever I want!
If you’d like to read the remainder of the interview, click here. Make sure you are following this incredible young man. We have a feeling that this is just the beginning for him!