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Star Myles Truitt on His First Feature Film 'Kin'

31 Aug, 2018   








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He plays Eli who finds an alien weapon – and evidence of a battle between otherworldly soliders – in an abandoned warehouse. Except this gun is somehow connected to Eli in ways he can’t explain, and when he finds himself on the run with his ex-con brother, the weapon protects them from the criminals chasing them.

MORE: Interview with Kin Directors Jonathan and Josh Baker!

Truitt, who hails from Atlanta and starred in the mini-series The New Edition Story (as the young Ronnie DeVoe), makes his feature film debut with Kin – and totally holds his own with co-stars Jack Reynor, as his brother Jimmy, Dennis Quaid as his dad and Zoe Kravitz as a stripper Eli and Jimmy team up with along the way.

ScreenPicks talked with Truitt about the experience making Kin, how he connected with the role and what he hopes audiences take away after seeing the movie.

I heard the audition process was long and you were the last actor they saw for the role. How was that experience?

Myles Truitt: That was pretty cool. It was kind of the same as the audition process for The New Edition Story being cast last. So I was really excited they called me back and said I got cast in Kin. First ever feature film, first ever main role. And first experience acting with these big-time actors like Jack Reynor, Zoe Kravitz and Michael B. Jordan. It was a lot fun.

What was it like working with Michael B. Jordan, who was one of the film’s executive producers? Did he give you any advice?

Truitt: We did get a chance to talk, mostly through text. We are texting back and forth and I was telling him what an honor it was to work with him. And that I wanted to be like him when I grew up. He told me, “Don’t be like me. Be the best version of yourself. And I’ll be the one to provide the blueprint.” So that was really cool for him to say that to me.

The role of Eli is so very pivotal to the film… what was your take on him and how he resonated with you personally?

Truitt: He just keeps to himself, he’s quiet. Doesn’t really talk to anybody. Definitely has a good relationship with his father. He’s an independent soul, a lone wolf, which is kind of like I was at that age – and even now, as well. I keep to myself, like to do things independently. So yeah, I’m a little like Eli, and how I connected with him was helpful.

You and Jack Reynor also seemed to really connect in the film. How did you guys bond?

Truitt: So when I went to audition in Boston, it was my first time ever meeting Jack, and we just connected right off the bat. We just talked about family things, our relationships with our fathers, and just things going on in our every day lives. We did a lot of improv scenes and that helped a lot. Then when we started actually working with each other, we’d go to each others trailers and play video games. We loved video games. We’d go to lunch, or just chill. Stuff that real-life brothers would do.

With the Baker brothers, who were also sort of new to the feature film game, what kind of things did you learn from them?

Truitt: Patience. And focus, which is really a key to acting and directing. They were different from others I’ve worked with and I liked that. They were the type of directors I really bonded with. Most directors come and go, but they really structured me.

What do hope people will take away after watching this movie?

Truitt: I hope people think about family and family connections. Mostly, I want people not to see color when it comes to brothers. Because Jack is white and I am black. The definition of a brother to me is not DNA or genes. Or the same mother or same dad. Just the connection you have with each other, the friendship. The bond to have to call him my brother. So I want people to not see color. The things that are going in every day life in terms of diversity, races, I hope audiences take from this movie that things may seem different but they aren’t different.

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