Train­ing Day

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 8 AUGUST -

Sea­son 1 Vuzu AMP (*103) 21:30 Ac­tion

Be­fore be­ing cast as LAPD De­tec­tive Kyle Craig in sin­gle-sea­son ac­tion show Train­ing Day (2016-2017), Justin Corn­well had ex­actly six act­ing cred­its to his name. Of those, one was voic­ing an an­i­mated char­ac­ter, one was voic­ing a videogame char­ac­ter and the other was an un­cred­ited role in 2015 crime drama film Chi-Raq. “I thought I blew the au­di­tion,” says the 28-year-old. “But clearly I did some­thing right!”

And it wasn’t just his act­ing skills 1

that the Train­ing Day pro­duc­ers liked. Justin is 1.96m tall and 90kg of in­tim­i­dat­ing mus­cle thanks to his train­ing rou­tine of box­ing, run­ning and basketball. “I think they liked that I could be a tough cop,” jokes the ac­tor.

Some­thing he wasn’t ex­pect­ing for 2

the role was be­ing taken on out­rides with real-life LAPD cops. Justin re­veals that go­ing into tough neigh­bour­hoods “was dif­fi­cult” be­cause the “vi­o­lence needed just to survive a day is sim­ply mind­bog­gling”.

The Penn­syl­va­nia na­tive al­most 3

gave up act­ing in pri­mary school but his mom Robin and late step­dad Jackie pushed him to fol­low his dreams.

One thing he missed af­ter mov­ing 4

away from his grand­par­ents in Ohio was their video store. “They had ev­ery movie you could imag­ine and a cou­ple of videogames,” says the ac­tor.

He moved to Chicago in 2011 to be 5

an ac­tor but it took three years to get on­screen work – he was in an ad for mass­mart store Wal­mart in 2014 as well as the Ohio lot­tery. “But hey, ev­ery­one has to start some­where,” he laughs.

And if act­ing doesn’t work out, 6

Justin ad­mits that “I’m prob­a­bly bet­ter at writing scripts, so at least there is a plan [Laughs].

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