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In our Last Call Q&A series, we take a deep dive into some of our favorite celebs, from when they were last hit by a star to the last song they listened to. This week Michael Evans Behling answers our call.
Michael Evans Behling is excited about the future of All-American. The 26-year-old actor landed his first leading role on TV in 2018 as Jordan Baker on a teen sports drama and has been rocking the hit series ever since. Four seasons later, a fifth season on the way and a second season of the spin-off, Böhling is still amazed at how quickly the CW show has expanded.
“It’s really great that we can continue to tell stories from college on two different shows.”
“I won’t say that I didn’t think it would become [TV] the universe – in fact, I will say so. I just didn’t know it [showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll] I had ideas on how to make a universe out of it,” Behling says. “It’s a great idea, especially now that we’re combining both shows with three different sports (soccer, baseball and tennis). It’s just great that we can continue to tell college stories on two different shows. But I didn’t even think at the beginning of the pilot that we were going to have a spin-off.”
Behling says he was thrilled to learn that his co-star Geoffrey Maya (who plays Simone Hicks) was making her own TV show, All Americans: Homecoming. The sports-themed spin-off continues the “All-American” tale of the fictional HBCU at Bringston in Atlanta, while the parent series follows the college and adult life of the core team from South Crenshaw and Beverly Hills – Spencer (Daniel Ezra), Olivia (Samantha Logan), Jordan (Beling), Usher (Cody Christian), Coop (Bre-Zee), Layla (Greta Oniego) and JJ (Hunter Cloudus). Beling says that through Maya and what she brings to the All American universe, she inspires him to work harder at his craft.
“She makes me a better actor. She pushed me as a person, more than as an actor, maybe not less. But she was there for me as a person as well,” he says. “Seeing her work as hard as she worked on All-American and all her other shows, and then be the host on that [show]I was in awe of her — I still am. I think she did a great job and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
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Beling gets the best of both worlds in the All American universe as he stars in the parent show as well as its spin-off in keeping with his (now fizzled out) romance storyline with Simone Mailli. The actor, who originally came to the show as a young, up-and-coming star, quickly evolved into his character, Jordan, mainly because they have a lot in common. “At first, what attracted me to him was that this kid was struggling with identity issues, and I can understand that when I was a teenager. he was nervous when the role first came up, I thought, “Oh, okay, this could be fun.” And he is an athlete, I have track and field experience. [also] very cheeky, which I don’t consider myself, so the opportunity to play what I can’t [exactly like] it was a lot of fun.”
“We’re really going to see some things collapse in season five.”
In Season 4 of All-America, Beling’s Jordan, now a college freshman vying for respect on the high school football team, is seen in a new light. Overcoming the hardships of college life and making tough decisions took a toll on him, but his moment of breakthrough with Layla helps Jordan prepare for the next phase of adulthood. Now that the season is coming to an end, Beling teases that the finale has a lot for viewers to figure out in season five.
“Without further ado, there are certainly cliffhangers in the finale,” he shares. “Relationships could potentially change, maybe there will be big obstacles in the sports career of some people. In Season 5, we’re really going to see some things collapse. I don’t know all the common features of the fifth season, just some loose ones that my boss talked to me about. I can’t reveal too much because I don’t know what will actually be implemented and how simple ideas they are. But basically, we’ll just see how they maneuver a little more in this college life with even more expectations, pressures, and doing the best they can with what they have. [Christian James]you’ll see it ruffles even more feathers, especially on Jordan and Spencer’s side.”
Keep reading to find out what else Beling had to say about All American and how he and his co-stars wrapped up season four.
What was the last day of filming for the fourth season of All American?
He was illuminated. These were positive emotions, there were also happy tears. It’s like the last day of school before summer break. This is what I compare to every year. . . I think the last day on set was more satisfaction than sadness because it’s been a long season and a long time without a break. So for everyone, I think it was very necessary. But it was a lot of fun. The last scene was very, very poignant. I’m not going to say what it is, but it’s a very juicy ending.
What was the last thing you did with your All American co-stars?
i spent the weekend [with them] in Vegas, actually. Jordan may not have made it to Vegas [in “All American”]but Daniel, Cody, Hunter and me, we did it. And it was a great time.
Who was the last All American colleague you wrote to?
In fact, I just wrote to Samantha Logan this morning – just checking. I said, “Good morning. How was the week?
When was the last time you were struck by a star?
Oh, I have to think about it. I was at the premiere of “King Richard” not so long ago, but I was not impressed. . . Real starfall [moment] probably should be [seeing] Denzel Washington at Warner Bros.
What was the last sports match you watched?
I did watch Dallas Mavericks last night and I think Luka [Doncic] hit some pretty nasty triples late in the fourth quarter so it was pretty interesting to watch.
What was the last workout you did at the gym?
Actually it was this morning. Today was leg day. Powerful cleaning, hanging, pressing. Such things. And then a little press.
What was the last video game you played?
The last game I played was last night and it was Lego Star Wars. I like sports games like Madden, NBA2K, Call of Duty, shooters, RPGs. But in general, I like games with a story that I can go through and see what the character goes through. I think it’s pretty fun.
What was the last book you read?
“Boy, mole, fox and horse” [by Charlie Mackesy].
What’s the last thing you did for your mental health?
Checked in myself this morning and meditated.
What was the last gift you received?
I think it was from Warner Bros. on my birthday. They were Beats headphones.
What was the last thing you ordered online?
I ordered a wallet online because I lost another wallet.
What was the last piece of advice you received that changed your life?
I wasn’t necessarily told, but I heard [this] and I started to apply it in my life. It’s actually a quote. “Instead of ‘Why is this happening to me?’ Think of it this way: “Why is this happening to me?” [things] in a positive light and try to make the most of any situation.