One on One with Showtime’s “The Chi” Actor, Michael V. Epps

Michael V. Epps is quickly positioning himself as “one-to-watch” in the entertainment industry. Epps can currently be seen in Showtime’s award-winning series “The Chi” as “Jake Taylor.” Created by Emmy award winner Lena Waithe, the coming-of-age drama follows a group of residents on the South Side of Chicago who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.

Born in Virginia but raised in Chicago, Epps knew early on that he wanted to follow in his mom’s footsteps and become an actor. Following his first audition, he immediately booked a role as an extra in FOX’s “Empire.” From there he went on to book his starring role as Jake Taylor in “The Chi.”

The Chicago Defender spoke with the young actor about his role in a hit series and his plans for the future.

In his free time, Epps enjoys making and releasing music under the name MIKEY. Epps also enjoys giving back by participating in local turkey drives and giveaways for the homeless. He is the ambassador for the P.O.P on Youth Violence foundation. The purpose of this organization is to provide the Chicago youth with a viable alternative through education and unity.


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