Chit Chatting with Allen Maldonado

Written by:  Jill Sheets

Picture Credit: Benjo Arwas

Picture Credit: Benjo Arwas

Recently I had the honor of interviewing multi-talented Allen Maldonado.  Some of you may recognize him.  He played Curtis in the show “Black-ish.” Continue to read on and learn more about him, his up and coming projects, and more.

R: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting?

A: Well I’m proud to have grown up a black and Puerto Rican man out of Rialto, CA. I love my city as it’s a large part of how I became the man I am. I first got the acting bug in my high school acting class my senior year of high school. From there I would make way to Los Angeles and join the acting class Expressions Unlimited, and then would be trained by Bobbie Shaw Chance. I consider her my second mom as she gave birth to me as an actor. 

 

R: Tell us about your show “Black-ish” and about your character Curtis.

A: I’m so proud and honored to be a part of such an amazing show and better yet group of people. The entire cast is one big family and that’s all you can wish for in this business. I believe we have something really special happening with this show and I’m happy the world is beginning to really notice. ‘Curtis’ is the super cool assistant to ‘Dre’ (Anthony Anderson) that often shows how old their views and opinions are on things, while complimenting the black vote on the show. 

 

R:You are extremely busy, let’s talk about some of your other projects?  Tell us about “You’re The Worst” and about your character.

A: “You’re The Worst” is another amazing show and cast I’m privileged to be a part of. ‘Honey Nutz’ is the third member of a dysfunctional group of hipster rappers who ‘Gretchen’ (Aya Cash) represents as their publicist. We have a blast on the show adding to the comedic chaos that happens on the show. Stephan Faulk, and the entire writing staff, are geniuses on how they mix comedy and serious topics together.

 

R: Tell us about your other project, “Survivors Remorse” and about your character.  You are also a Staff Writer for season 3.  What is that like?  Is writing scripts something you would like to continue?

A: I can’t say it enough on how blessed I am to be a part of another great group of people. ‘Deshaun’ is one of my favorite characters I’ve played as an actor. The combination of an ex drug dealer turned sport agent, gave me a huge playground to play on.  “Survivors Remorse” is very special to me, from the cast, to the show runner, Mike O’Malley. I cannot thank Mike enough for believing in me and taking me under his wing and allowing me to join the writing staff. I’ve never seen a man work so hard for a show and put his heart and soul into every small detail of a production. I take this time now to say THANK YOU for everything you’ve done for me as a writer and a mentor. As a writer I’m currently developing two television shows for network and cable, along with a few feature films, and a cartoon. Writing is in my DNA. I first began writing with Michael Kane, writer of “All The Right Moves” starring Tom Cruise, he taught me how to write.  

 

R:  Are there any other up and coming projects you would like to talk about?

A: Yes. I have a boxing film titled “RINGSIDE” which premieres Sept 4th on  TV One. I play ‘Spencer Collier’, the Welter weight champion of the world. I also just finished production on “Where’s the Money?”, starring opposite Andrew Bachelor aka KingBach, Kat Graham (Vampire Dairies), Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Mike Epps (Uncle Buck), and Method Man. I recently joined the cast of “First Match” filming in New York this summer, along with three other films to be released later this year; including “Unstuck”, “Smartass” starring opposite Joey King (Independence Day 2), and “King Me” written and directed by Peter Iliff (Point Break).

 

R: Tell us about “Everybody Digital.”  How did you come up with the idea?

A: As a filmmaker, I found a void in short film distribution, so I created a platform for that such thing. The app will consist of award winning short films from around the world as well as original content such as films, documentaries, and original episodic series. I urge all filmmakers to visit Everybodydigital.com to submit their latest or past projects to be featured alongside the number of great films and projects we continue to add on a daily basis. The app will launch Jan 2017. If you have a short film or web series and you’re looking to gain more exposure, join this fantastic app. Please visit Everybodydigital.com 

 

R: Tell us about your record company. 

A:  Get It Done Records was a company I established in 2010 and we service film and television productions with music. We have music placed on shows such as “House of Lies”, “Black Jesus”, “Ray Donovan”, NBA TV and films such as “Life of King”, “Next Three Days”, and “Don Jon”. You can hear some of our music placed on the Carl’s Jr. Campaign featuring Todd Gurley of the LA Rams 

 

R:  Tell us about your production company Only Son Productions and a T-shirt line Vineyards Phinest.

A: Only Son Productions was created to help facilitate my writing. We are currently in production of 2 films, 2 scripted shows, and 2 documentary series. My T-shirt company was created in honor of the neighborhood I grew up in, in Rialto. I’m proud of the person I’ve become due to this area, and even though it was a rough neighborhood, that doesn’t define who you are or who you become. It represents hope, growth, and success from hard work. A portion of the proceeds go towards providing free acting classes for at-risk youth and foster kids.  You can visit vineyardsphinest.com to pick up our latest designs. 

 

Picture Credit: Benjo Arwas

Picture Credit: Benjo Arwas

R: What are three things people may not know about you?

A: I was a Boy Scout, I played Lil’ Wayne on MTVs “Celebrity Death Match”, and I used to be a soul train dancer when I was in high school. 

 

R: You are the founder of Demo Nerds.  Tell our readers a little bit about it.

A: I’m so proud of what we’ve created with Demo Nerds acting and film for kids. We are coming up on our 5 year anniversary of the program and looking to go on for another 5 years. The acting camp consists of a two week program where they learn a number of acting exercises and techniques in the first week, and during the second week they get to create, produce, and star in their own short film. At the end of the program we hold a red carpet screening for their friends and family to view their short film. It’s been transforming, for all the kids involved and it’s food for the soul being able to help these kids create and find themselves through acting. 

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

A: To continue to build on the foundation I’ve created, as well as grow as a writer, eventually making my way into producing more projects on a global level. 

 

R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart?  If so, tell us a little bit about them.

A: I’ve worked with numerous charities. Anything that involves helping kids I’m all in on. 

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

A: I’m pretty open so I’m not sure.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites?  If so, which ones and what are their addresses?  What about an official website and/or youtube page? 

A: Yes. You can follow me on Instagram @maldonadoiseverywhere and Twitter @allen_maldonado. You can visit my site maldonadoiseverywhere.com to get all the links and latest news about my upcoming projects. 

  

R:  Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

 A: Thank you for all of your support. I do it for everyone that has a dream and works hard to reach them. Thanks and love you all.