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5 Things with “Straight Outta Compton” Star Jason Mitchell

Jason Mitchell may be the new kid on the block, but he dominates like a true vet in his breakout role as Eazy E in Straight Outta Compton.

Get up close and personal with the rising star as he talks about landing the main role, transforming into a rap legend and prepping for his next big move.

1. Track Record

“I’ve been acting for like five years now. It’s a constant grind for me,” he says. Since 2010, the actor has scored parts on the big and small screens including Contraband and TNT’s Major Crimes. 

2. Nailed It

When the 28-year-old heard about the N.W.A. biopic, he sent in his audition tape and was invited to a callback in L.A. about three weeks later. He couldn’t afford to fly to Cali, so he Skyped with director F. Gary Gray instead. By the time he finished the meeting, he was booked as Eazy-E. “You go, ‘Ahh! Is he ready to do this?’ But I had to buckle down, and let loose,” he reflects.

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3. Fighting Feelings

“In terms of what scenes were the hardest, I don’t think it was about the shooting for me. It was more about the preparation,” he explains. “It’s important to be vulnerable and to have the right type of mindset. Breaking yourself down is one thing. When you have to break down someone else, but still have to make real, it doesn’t just click on. You have to work on it.”

4. Mic Drop

“We rerecorded the whole N.W.A. album,” he reveals. “So I feel like I got a new love for it. You have to believe [the lyrics] and come from within. Those songs are the identification of what the group stood for. I think that’s dope.”

5. Mixing It Up

“I just did two films. One is with Zoe Kravitz, and it’s called Vincent-N-Roxxy. I just wrapped another with Key and Peele [Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele]. It’s going to be really funny. I just want to be as versatile as possible on the way up,” he shares.

Along with the comedic duo, the latter film also stars Nia Long and Method Man. Yea, Mitchell is definitely headed to the top.

Straight Outta Compton hits theaters this Friday, Aug. 14.