Un­REAL

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It’s BJ Britt’s 10th year in show­biz, hav­ing made his name as Agent An­toine Triplett in Mar­vel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013-cur­rent) and Paul Pat­ter­son Jr, the ti­tle char­ac­ter’s brother in Be­ing Mary Jane (2013-cur­rent). Plus, there’s also his lat­est role: foot­baller Dar­ius Hill, Un­REAL’s (2015-cur­rent) new bachelor.

The 33-year-old started as a model, 1

al­though he al­ways planned to go into act­ing. The mod­el­ling work paid the bills as he sought out TV gigs un­til his man­ager in­vited him to LA where his chances of scor­ing a role were higher.

BJ had to take his shirt off dur­ing 2

his Un­REAL au­di­tion. “I play a foot­ball player, so I needed to be in shape,” he says. He ended up get­ting the role but was told by his agent to hit the gym. “I work out, but Dar­ius is a quar­ter­back so he has to look like a quar­ter­back.”

He has worked with Con­stance 3

Zim­mer (Quinn on Un­REAL) be­fore on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, so BJ felt wel­comed as the new­bie on the Un­REAL set. “They [Con­stance and Shiri Ap­pleby, who plays Rachel] lit­er­ally had their arms around me like, ‘We got you’.”

Dar­ius gets to choose a part­ner 4

from 26 women on Un­REAL’s fic­tional re­al­ity show Ev­er­last­ing, but in real life BJ is sin­gle and con­sid­ers him­self a good catch. And he’s look­ing for love but not on dat­ing app Tin­der. “I hate that. I’m old school. I’ve never been able to swipe left,” he laughs.

But he’s not that great at chat­ting 5

up women the old-fash­ioned way. “I feel like I freeze up if I talk to a girl. I don’t know what to say and my hands get sweaty, but for Dar­ius, it’s a walk in the park,” BJ says. “It’s in­ter­est­ing hav­ing to ap­proach this char­ac­ter who is com­pletely op­po­site of me. It’s fun.” NB! See more on p47.

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