Interview: Young Actor Maceo Smedley

Actor Maceo Smedley is skyrocketing into the Marvel Universe.

The 11-year-old rising star can be seen as Young Tyrone, or Young Cloak, in the new Marvel television series Cloak and Dagger.  The series stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, and airs on Freeform on June 7, 2018.

Everly Mag talked to Maceo Smedley all about his acting career, who inspires him, and what it’s filming stunts and seeing himself onscreen.

Everly Mag: How did you get your start in acting?

Maceo: When I was little, I watched a lot of TV.  I always thought about what it would be like seeing myself on the screen.  I talked to my parents about it and they were like…okay, and kind of [were unsure] about that [idea].  Once that happened, I carried that dream of being on TV with me.  An agent saw me at a restaurant and came up to me and my aunt and thought I would be good on TV.  The agent gave my aunt her card, and my aunt gave the card to my dad, and now I’m here!

Everly Mag: What was your first project?

Maceo: A commercial.  It was for Post-It sticky notes.

Everly Mag: What have been your top 3 acting projects so far?

Maceo: One of them is Take the Stage.  There were a lot of kids on there and we still talk now.  We became lifelong friends.  Then, Noelle.  That was pretty fun because I got to ice skate for the first time, and they taught me how to ice skate.  But Cloak and Dagger has to be the awesomest thing I’ve ever done because of all the stunts.

Everly Mag: Tell us more about your role on Cloak and Dagger.

Maceo: Half [of filming] was exciting and interesting.  The other half was scary because of all the stunts – jumping into water, seeing [prop] weapons fired, and all that stuff.  The exciting part was meeting new people and talking with the cast.

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Image: Bobby Quillard

I did stunts myself.  I did two [stunts].  One, I was on a bridge and I jumped off the bridge onto a little pillow that they had.  For the second, I had to jump off a high dive into a professional pool.  It was like 14 feet!

Everly Mag: What’s your favorite thing about acting in general?

Maceo: I would have to say it’s trying to become the character.  It’s fun acting as someone else and it’s fun trying to build the character as I go.  That’s the number one best thing about acting, ever.

Everly Mag: What’s the hardest thing about acting?

Maceo: The early call times we have in the morning!

Everly Mag: What’s one thing all kids who want to act should know?

Maceo: I have two.  One, it’s not easy.  Two, it’s fun but not what you expect it to be.

Everly Mag: Who inspires your acting career?

Maceo: I look up to Denzel Washington.  I like to watch clips of movies that he’s done, and I try to act them out as him.

Everly Mag: What do you do when you’re not acting?

Maceo: I’m very active.  I like going to the park, going to play football and basketball with my friends, and playing video games.

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Image: Bobby Quillard

Everly Mag: What are your dreams for the future?

Maceo: I want to do cartoons, like voiceover, for movies and TV shows.  That’s been my dream since I started.

Everly Mag: What are you looking forward to this year?

Maceo: I’m looking forward to doing more movies.  I like filming movies because they come out in the movie theater.  It’s cool to see myself on the big screen.  It gives you weird vibes because you know that’s you [onscreen].  The first time I saw myself on TV, it made me feel all excited.  Like when you eat too much sugar.

Everly Mag: What’s a fun fact about you?

Maceo: Of everything a child can do in this world, I like going go-kart racing.  I guess every kid wants to drive.  They see their parents driving and I think that’s their dream.  So, going go-kart racing gives you the freedom to go as fast as you want [and] do as many turns as you want!


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