Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Mike Colter: I guess it’s a bit cliché, but as an actor, I really admire good writing. There are a lot of great ideas out there, but it’s the execution that really makes it work. When I find material that gives me a natural yet unique character point of view and has well- developed characters throughout the script, it makes the hairs on my arm stand up.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

MC: When something tragic happens in the world and I realize that, for the most part, I am powerless to stop it.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

MC: Never take anything at face value. Dare to question and seek the truth.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

MC: I tend to sit with it for a while and ruminate. Then I take a mental note of what it was that caused that pain.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

MC: I rarely feel like I’m in chaos, but when I am, I usually [retreat] and try to find the eye of the storm; if I’m still and listen and don’t engage, maybe the chaos will subside. I don’t have a routine, but I have used meditation to just decompress and focus.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

MC: Never say “never” about anything, because if you do, life has a way of humbling you.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

MC: History repeats itself over and over again, but most of us have short memories.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

MC: I worked at a group home for a survival job years ago, and kids who have a rough home life have always tugged at my heart-strings. I also care a lot about animal cruelty.

MP: Tell me about your yoga practice. What influence has it had on your life?

MC: I don’t practice yoga, but it’s on my list of things to try again. I gave it a shot, but the class was too advanced for me, and I felt overwhelmed and a little embarrassed.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

MC: I just wrapped an indie film in San Francisco currently titled America Is Still the Place, based on the true story of Charlie Walker and Tower Oil after a tanker collided near Golden Gate Bridge.

I also was just at Comic-Con for the official announcement of the release of a series I worked on for Halo, called Halo: Nightfall. I am in the process of doing the voice-over and motion capture for the video game Halo 5: Guardians.

I am also making a return to The Good Wife for season six, which will premiere this fall on CBS.

MP: Why are these important to you?

MC: The indie film is a passion project. I fell in love with the script and the main character of Charlie Walker. It was a story I felt really spoke to me. He’s a man who happens to be black and is simply trying to make a way for himself in the early seventies. His experiences are unique, but his plight is very relatable because all he wants is a fair shake; he is definitely not a victim nor does he act like he is. He is strong, determined, and I connected with that.

Halo: Nightfall is due for release on Xbox Live in November. This project will get my feet wet in the gaming world and hopefully lead to more voice-over work. It’s a tremendously popular game that I feel lucky to be a part of.

The Good Wife is a show I was a fan of before I started working on it, and it’s just been a real pleasure to see my character, Lemond Bishop, develop over the past five seasons. It’s one of the best shows on TV.

MP: What is love for you?

MC: Love, for me, is always wanting the best for the other person even if it’s not what’s best for you.

Mike Colter’s film credits include Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby , Salt, and Men in Black 3. On television, Mike has a recurring role in CBS’s The Good Wife as Lemond Bishop and previously in American Horror Story: Coven and The Following.


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