Surely you remember when Mack Wilds first came bursting on the scene as the stoic teenager turned dope boy, Michael Lee on HBO’s critically acclaimed series, The Wire.
Since then, Wilds has appeared in Adele’s wildly popular “Hello” video, starred on The CW’s hit teen drama 90210, and most recently has been seen on VH1’s The Breaks and FOX’s Shots Fired. From the looks of it, the 27-year old is just warming up.
Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood’s stunning drama Shots Fired, which deals with race and police brutality, premiered last week with Wild’s character, Deputy Josh Beck at the center of the explosive story. Wilds’ Beck in the only Black deputy on the police force in a fictional, majority Black North Carolina town. He finds himself at the center of an investigation when he shoots and kills an unarmed white teen. Wilds spoke with Shadow and Act about his character saying, “He’s a black man from the hood in Charlotte, but he gets shunned because he’s not really from there anymore. Then, on the force, they’re kind of shunning him because of what he did. He’s living in the middle of two worlds that are [distancing themselves] from him.”
Still, this isn’t the only project that the actor and recording artist has his hands in these days. On Seith Mann’s ’90s-set musical drama The Breaks which airs on VH1, Wilds stars as DeeVee an aspiring producer trying to bring hip-hop to the mainstream. Wilds chatted with The Fader about his role on The Breaks and how it’s made him nostalgic for his childhood. He said, “There was a certain feeling back then… the time, the music, everything felt different, the love felt different. So to go back to that time as an adult, you get to see all of the little things you didn’t get to see.”
Both roles, though vastly different came at the perfect time for Wilds who was uncertain about returning to acting. After 90210 wrapped in 2013, he stepped away from TV, choosing to focus on his music instead. Still, the Staten Island native is not putting down his mic anytime soon. His sophomore album is set to be released later this year.
The Breaks airs Mondays at 10 PM ET on VH1 and Shots Fired airs Wednesdays at 8 PM on FOX.