Award-winning actor, Skyland Brooks is best known for his co-starring role in “The Darkest Minds” with Amandla Steinberg and as “Ra-Ra Kiping” in the hit Netflix series “The Get Down.” The young actor will thrill audiences in his latest film, the sci-fi thriller, “Outsiders” scheduled for release this fall.
“Outsiders” stars Skylan Brooks, Taryn Manning, Shane West, Rutina Wesley, Clark Backo, and Bill Engvall. “Outsiders,” tells the story of Jaylen Brown (Skylan Brooks), a young Black high school student who finds himself under suspicion after his classmate disappears during a party. Prejudice quickly rises to the surface in this small southern town as Jaylen attempts to clear his name. The journey unravels a web of secrets that point to otherworldly forces at play.
Skylan Brooks got his first big break in acting in the Sundance 2013 film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete”. Brooks received rave reviews for this role and was nominated for the Young Artist Award “Best Performance in a Feature Film” for his role in this film as ‘Mister,’ starring alongside Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie. Brooks also starred in the film “Our Family Wedding” alongside Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera and in the box office hit “Southpaw” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Forest Whitaker. On the small screen, Brooks appeared on USA’s Network miniseries “Unsolved- Tupac, Biggie Smalls Murders” where he plays Snoop Dogg, and others such as “iCarly,” “Children’s Hospital,” and “Funny or Die.”
The Chicago Defender spoke with Skylan Brooks on his rising star in Hollywood and why his character in the “Outsiders” was personal.