`Heroes’ lands Jean-Louis far from his roots

first_imgWhen a publicist asked if I wanted to chat with Jimmy Jean-Louis at an event last week, I nodded yes – basically as a courtesy. I don’t watch “Heroes,” the hit NBC show on which he plays “The Haitian,” so I did not recognize him. But after our conversation, I found myself a big fan of this man who has a unique perspective on the sudden fame that has come to him and the rest of the show’s cast – most of whom were unknowns – during the past year. “In my case, it’s very special because I come from Haiti, a place where I really grew up with nothing. No shoes, no shirt, or anything like that,” he said. “So to have that kind of beginning and end up where I am now, it’s a huge stretch. So I don’t know if everybody is having the same experience even though we are all on the same show. I know that it’s something quite unbelievable coming from where I’m coming from.” As a young man, he went to Paris to pursue modeling and began landing roles in French musical theater and in television commercials. Then came a move to Los Angeles and small roles in some hit films (“The Bourne Identity” and “Monster-in-Law”) and some flops (“Tears of the Sun” and “Hollywood Homicide”). For more celebrity news, see Greg Hernandez’s blogs Hollywood Joe – blogs.dailynews.com/hollywoodjoe – and Out In Hollywood – blogs.daily news.com/outinhollywood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut to be cast on “Heroes” and have it be a breakout hit right out of the gate, that was a shocker. “Amazing, just amazing. Because it was unexpected, you know? Life is unexpected. So to find myself in one of the biggest TV shows in the world, I was like, `Wow! OK, what am I gonna do with it?’ So, I’m taking it as it comes, and hopefully I’ll be able to keep on moving up with the show but also by doing other projects.” He co-starred with Mo’Nique in the comedy “Phat Girlz.” But he’s not ready to give up his day job even though production on “Heroes” stopped Nov.9 because of the writers strike. “I like the direction they are going with (my character). But the thing about being with `Heroes’ is you never know what’s going to happen with your character. They don’t tell you anything until the script is ready to be given to you. “So, I’m in the dark the same way the audience is unless I’m shooting.” last_img

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