Jonathan Nathaniel is a Toronto-based television and film actor who is best known for his spot on the panel of MTV Canada and Logo TV USA’s groundbreaking hit “1 Girl 5 Gays”. Recently, we got the chance to speak with Jonathan about his role in the new web-series “Other Men”.
Describe the conception of “Other Men”; how did you get involved?
Stephanie and I actually, grew up around the block from each other and graduated from the same arts high school a year apart. We’ve always kept in touch via Facebook. I had just finished working on a short film project I created and produced when we really started talking about a project she was creating and producing. Both projects circled around similar themes and subjects. We decided to catch up, in person, with her creative team over bbq at ‘Rose and Sons Big Crow’ and I was offered the part.
Why was it important for you to be a part of this web series?
I’m thankful and proud to be part of ‘Other Men’ because of what it’s about, what it stands for, where it’s based and shot and the impact it’ll have. I’m all about involving myself in projects that are progressive with a purpose and a message. As a gay black guy, I often ask myself, ‘What is this for?’ and ‘Who are we helping?’ before signing onto a project because there’s TV and film auditions out there for productions that have either been done before or is an inaccurate representation of individuals who are already underrepresented. ‘Other Men’ is neither of those things.
What do you hope viewers take away from watching?
I hope viewers, regardless of sexual orientation, will be able to watch ‘Other Men’ and relate.
What were some of the toughest challenges you encountered while shooting “Other Men”?
There haven’t been any…yet. We’re still shooting so, we’ve really only just begun. But, I think the challenge for myself is to bring honesty, vulnerability and truth to ‘Odie’. I want to offer something real and refreshing.
How has the “Other Men” experience impacted you (personally/professionally/artistically, etc)?
Personally, I love that this kind of content is being made, seen and received so positively. Professionally, I’m just grateful to be working.
For more info: facebook.com/OTHERMENseries
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