Atlanta casting director George Pierre saw something in Larry Rhem and decided to take matters into his own hands. And now you can catch him on BET’s hottest show, “The Quad” which stars Jazz Raycole, Anika Noni-Rose, Sean Blakemore & other talented actors! He really is that nice guy that you see on the television screen! Had the chance to chat with Larry Rhem himself.
LGNDVRY: How old were you when you first got into acting? How did you become a fan of the craft?
Larry Rhem: I didn’t begin acting until I was about 19 in college. I was always into movies, storytelling and imitating what I saw on television, so I guess I’ve always been a fan I just didn’t realize it until I got older.
LGNDVRY: Who are some of your favorite actors and actresses in the industry?
Larry Rhem: Just to name a few I love to watch Don Cheadle, Tom Hardy, Denzel Washington, Daniel Day Lewis, Viola Davis, Kimberly Elise, Regina Hall, Felicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Reuben Santiago Hudson and the list goes on and on. I love actors who draw you into their performance. It’s almost like they place you in some kind of trance and you can’t take your eyes off of them.
LGNDVRY: Do you remember the first time you saw yourself on screen? Tell us about it.
Larry Rhem: The first time I saw myself on screen didn’t really have much of an effect on me. Don’t get me wrong it was a cool experience but I was an extra and I wanted to see myself doing more. I was excited when I was able to work on a film called “4 Minutes” and I had a scene playing a speed dater. Seeing myself actually playing a character and receiving positive feedback from it was confirmation that I was pursuing the right thing.
LGNDVRY: How did you get the chance to be apart of The Quad? What was the audition and casting process like?
Larry Rhem: I received an audition opportunity back in March of 2016. Leading up to the audition I was going through a tough time. I was previously touring doing music with a group and decided to step away because even though I loved doing shows all over the country I felt like I was drifting away from what I truly wanted to do. When I made the decision, I had nothing lined up. The bar that I was working at part time had shut down and I was stuck. Things got to the point where I went back to doing extra work. I hadn’t done that in years and when I did and old friend of mine who so happens to be a casting director (George Pierre) saw me and asked what I was doing there. When I told him he basically told me I didn’t need to be doing that and that I had passed that already. Then a few weeks later I got called in for The Quad and had to read for two characters. It was nerve-wracking. I wasn’t sure if I was giving the Executive Producer and Director Rob Hardy what he needed. Then when it was over I was told that my audition was sent to the network for approval and that I would know something within a few days. That whole weekend I was nervous. George Pierre sent me a text saying “Always strive for excellence.” I didn’t know what that meant at the time and I thought it was possibly saying I didn’t get the part so I called him and he was like “You just have to keep pushing. Things happen that are out of our control.” I got off the phone, gave God the praise and glory and no sooner than I did that he called me back saying “Let me stop messing with you man you got the part.” I almost ran off the road. I will never forget that moment for as long as I live.
LGNDVRY: The new season returns to BET January 23rd. What can viewers expect from your character and the relationship with Cedric?
Larry Rhem : Well, last season Bryce was going out of his way to support Cedric even through all of the tension they had with each other. This season things change up a bit. Bryce has changed his focus and is experiencing some things he can’t explain and it affects their relationship a bit. Whether it’s a change for the better or a change for the worse you’ll have to watch and see.
LGNDVRY: If you can sum up the new season in three words, what would they be?
Larry Rhem : Lit As F%#* lol
LGNDVRY: Where are you from originally? Is Atlanta your hometown?
Larry Rhem: I was born in Germany. My mother was in the military but I was a baby when I she left. I grew up in Kinston, NC up until I was twelve. Then I moved to the east side of Atlanta. Lithonia to be exact. Kinston is my roots but Atlanta is home.
LGNDVRY: Do you have other special skills or talents others may not know about?
Larry Rhem: I also write. Poetry, screenplays, music, etc. I also dance a bit and I’m not a bad cook.
LGNDVRY: What were you like as a kid? Did you play any sports in high school?
Larry Rhem: I was pretty good. Didn’t get into too much trouble. Well, I didn’t get caught that often so that counts, right? I played football from age nine all the way through high school. I also ran track all through high school. Before acting football was all I wanted to do. I’ve played all positions but in high school I was a running back and a defensive back.
LGNDVRY: Who are some of your favorite cast mates to work with on the set of The Quad?
Larry Rhem : We’re all a family. I have special relationships with everybody. Anika [Noni Rose] is like a big sister who challenges me as an artist and makes me think. Reuben Santiago Hudson is a legend. I enjoy listening to his wisdom. Sean Blakemore and E. Rodger Mitchell are both like big brothers giving me knowledge about the industry and always encouraging me. Jazz Raycole is my boo (not like that lol). She’s like my closest friend on set. Zoe Renee is my little sister. She’s super sweet and I’m super protective of her. Peyton Alex Smith is definitely one of my homies. We’re constantly cracking jokes on each other. Jake Allyn is my dude. He’s super focused and dedicated as well as down to earth. Erica Michelle is like the homie from the neighborhood. I feel like I’ve known her for years. Michelle DeFraites is my little diva. She’s a sweetheart who loves taking pictures and has swag like she went to a black high school. Jazmine Guy is a living legend with a kind heart. I hope I didn’t miss anybody.
LGNDVRY: Will you be working on any other television projects besides The Quad or maybe any movie roles?
Larry Rhem: Right now I’m auditioning and working on some of my own projects right now. Keep an eye out. You’ll definitely be seeing me soon on the big and small screen.
LGNDVRY: What would you like to see yourself doing more of this year?
Larry Rhem: Creating…I have so many ideas in my head that I have to get out. So this year I will be challenging myself to complete a few of them.
LGNDVRY: Will anyone else die or leave The Quad? Spill it!
Larry Rhem: Some of the characters get trapped on campus during a zombie apocalypse and others gain superpowers from a radioactive explosion. The finale will end with the zombies and characters doing a broadway musical version of Straight Outta Compton…or not. Lol You just have to watch and see. In all seriousness though, whatever happens this season when it’s all over…you will not be disappointed.