AMARR has had quite a year. Whilst most 21-year-olds are in university or thinking about which company to join, this D.C. native is on his way to creative stardom. AMARR has been in the industry since he was three years old, starting out as a child model before achieving his first theatrical release at the age of six. His success continued from there, following his film debut with high-profile projects like Colin in Black and White and 4400, the series in which he currently stars.
In his work, the actor has built a niche for himself, joining meaningful projects that inspire bigger conversations. “I love to be a part of projects that mean something to people and to help inspire others. That’s all I’m about, and these projects emulate that.” His latest work in the sci-fi drama 4400, a reboot of the 2004 show of a similar name, joins these conversations. The story follows the lives of 4400 marginalised peoples who have seemingly vanished into thin air — only to suddenly reappear without having aged a day and having no memory of what happened.
The focus on marginalised people was part of the reason AMARR sought to join the project. “I loved the idea of a sci-fi show with a main Black cast, that dives deeper into the lives of ordinary Black people,” he shares. “These characters all have stories! I love that the writers and CW are allowing us to tell these stories without having to talk about slavery, gangs, drugs, crime, etc., which are often used to depict black people throughout movies and TV.”
AMARR plays the role of Hayden, who comes back after vanishing with the ability to see the future. Whilst no one is sure what a potential season two may bring, AMARR says he wants to explore Hayden’s life after his mom passes away, what happened to her, what happened to him as a test subject and more. After all, as he tells Schön!, “the character is so multi-dimensional, and I’d love to see how he got to the person he is today.”
Another one of AMARR’s projects that received widespread critical acclaim is Colin in Black and White, based on the life of activist Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick garnered extensive media attention in 2016 when he knelt during the national anthem at the start of the NFL game as a sign of protest against police brutality and racial inequality in the United States of America. Taking up this project was a bold choice, but as AMARR notes, an important one.
“Ironically, just by kneeling Colin has stood up for people that not only look like me in America, but for people who suffer injustices everywhere around the world. He started a conversation,” AMARR explains. “Of course, many tried to change the subject and the intent of why he did it and what he was doing, but the real ones know. I’m proud to have helped tell and be a part of his story. It was an honour.”
Upon being asked about his journey in the industry and the hardest moment of his career, he recalls that it was the first time he “stopped believing in myself.” As he tells it, “I’ve seen family members, friends, and more stop believing in me, but I never gave in. The moment I did, everything changed. I had to find myself again, and when I did, blessings started to fall in my lap in one way or another!”
His changed attitude led him to believe in himself more than before, which in turn made him realise his true potential. As for when he faces a setback today, he says his belief in God is what keeps him on the right path. However, “after going through a lot of life in just 21 years, I’ve come to realise that staying in the moment is truly the best thing you can do,” he shares. “If you feel down, feel it. Don’t try to hide it. Realise it. Feel it. Know that moment will pass. That’s something I learned in 2020. You also have to remember that you can’t control anything but your effort and your attitude.” The pandemic also taught AMARR an important notion about the idea of setbacks themselves. “What we feel are ‘setbacks’ are really blessings in disguise,” he says. “Realising that will change your life.”
The next focus in AMARR’s life? Music — and continuing to grind. “I’m focused and I’m motivated,” he says. “I plan to keep working my way up the ladder, and that’s what I will do.”
4400 is currently airing on The CW.