that the focus on grief and death felt less central to my life at the time that I was building Jason’s character last year. What’s kind of crazy, though, is that for me, nearly a year before I got the call about “After Forever” and agreed to come on board for the show, my father passed away, and I was in the position to watch him take his last breath, and, well, in the last episode of the season, viewers get to see that happen for Jason. And even sitting in the doctor’s office — when he gets that announcement — felt so real and immediate for me. I’m lucky to be in that position, y’know, as someone who survived and is aging out of the youth I spent in the ’80s and ’90s watching friends and loved ones die, where injuries now are the result of life well-spent. Oh, absolutely, but I think it definitely resonates with the character. I mean [Mitchell gestures to the crutches nearby, evidence of his pulled hamstring] this is just from playing tennis, but those first few days, hell, weeks, after, I felt so feeble, and so aware of my own mortality, too, because of course that’s an integral and inevitable part of it. And I definitely brought those feelings and that experience into playing Jason and embodying that sort of decline. Well, it’s obviously a necessity. I think the prevalence of blind-casting definitely helps; there are so many kinds of actors — really talented performers — who wouldn’t have had the opportunities I had when I was active in the industry. Even I barely got the opportunities I did. When I came out in 1999 at the GLAAD Music Awards, it was such a struggle for me as a gay actor to even get roles despite having industry friends in higher positions who were also gay … you know, there really wasn’t that kind of industry support or even a safety net that I think so many younger actors For sure. “After Forever” was nominated for twelve International Academy of Web Television Awards (IAWTV), and I flew out for the ceremony expecting, well, not to sweep the awards [Mitchell laughs], but we walked away with three, which is pretty good, and I was just astounded by the amount of amazing talent I saw, and the number of truly inventive shows. It was such an amazing experience. I opened MetroFresh and hadn’t ever thought about coming back to acting. The fact that I can be apart of this at all is so astounding, and [“After Forever”] is definitely easily digestible because of the form, right? We shot it like a movie, like a single storyline, and I hope the viewers feel that coherency, too. *** You can watch After Forever on Amazon for free with Amazon Prime.