Despite having a troubled past and a history of arrests, Jonathan Majors has never let it get in the way of his acting career. He has starred in a variety of movies and television shows, including the popular Marvel series Loki.
Before Majors’s rise to celebrity, he was just another aspiring actor trying to make it big. Though he was able to secure his first on-screen role in the ABC miniseries When We Rise while still a student at Yale, it wasn’t until his appearance in Scott Cooper’s revisionist Western film Hostiles that he began to receive recognition from the public.
He also appeared in the 2018 film White Boy Rick, as well as three other 2019 films: Captive State, Gully and Jungleland.
Majors has played a number of complex characters in his career. In addition to his starring roles in Da 5 Bloods, Devotion and Creed III, he has portrayed a ruthless police officer, a gay activist, and an African American military veteran.
His acclaimed work in these movies has led to numerous awards and nominations. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Devotion and the Independent Spirit Award for his role in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, among others.
The actor is known for his commitment to his craft and for his ability to transform himself for each role. He spends weeks or months preparing for each role by reading books, watching films and immersing himself in the character’s world.
He aims to portray characters who are real people, and not stereotypes. He is especially devoted to working with people of color in his roles, and he has said that he takes a great deal of pride in the diversity of his characters.
For Majors, acting isn’t about being famous or the glitz and glamor of Hollywood; it’s about bringing awareness to important issues and promoting social change. He believes that art and cinema can serve as a kind of democracy.
Having a troubled childhood, he had to struggle to find his footing and cope with the challenges he faced as a teenager. He was suspended from school and arrested multiple times for petty crimes.
But when he finally graduated from Duncanville High School in 2008, Majors was ready to put all the challenges behind him and pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. He had always wanted to be an actor, and his passion for the arts was only further fueled by his parents’ love of acting.
After graduating from high school, he attended the University of North Carolina for his undergraduate degree in theater and continued to study at the Yale School of Drama for his master’s degree. During his time at Yale, he was the recipient of the Student Theatre Association’s Outstanding Graduate Achievement in the Arts award and the John S. Jacobs Memorial Fund Scholarship for Distinguished Alumnus.
His passion for acting was ignited by the experience of watching his theater teacher perform in a regional production of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” When he saw that teacher transform into another character, it was like a lightning bolt hit him in the heart.