Out interview with talented young actor Brandin Stennis who is best known for his recurring roles on “The Young and the Restless,” and “K.C. Undercover.” His many other television credits include guest/Co-starring rolls on “The Muppets,” “The Next Food Network Star,” ” Children’s Hospital,” “Rounds,” and “Hatched” to name a few.
In film he can be seen in “Thicke,” “Neverland,” “Dekalb Elementary,” and “A Boyfriend for Christmas.”
Branding has been nominated for a Young Entertainer Award for his role in Evil Woman, and he won a Colsac Award for Best Actor in a Stage Play and Film.
Who is Brandin Stennis?
Brandin Stennis is an award winning child actor, model, dancer and celebrity red carpet host, known as The Red Carpet Kid. He is known for his role as Charlie Ashby in The Young and The Restless. He has been nominated for seven awards for commercials, TV, theater and film. He has been in over 27 national commercials and has also been seen on Disney, Nickelodeon and Universal Kids.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Funny, Exciting and Energetic.
Why and how did you get started in acting?
I always loved to act and seemed to be picked as the lead in the school plays I did when I was in kindergarten.
What was the first role you ever did?
I booked a pilot called “Ward of the State” when I was about 8 years old. My role was the son, Jefferson Ward. I was great working with Vanessa Williams and other great actors and actresses, such as Janet Hubert and Aloma Wright. It was a really fun set to work on.
Do you have or had acting classes?
Yes, not in the past but I am currently being coached by Debbie Allen.
Please tell us about roles in popular series like “KC Undercover,” and “The Young and the Restless?”
I auditioned for my mom’s favorite T.V. show on CBS, “The Young & The Restless” and my mother coached me. I ended up booking the role and it was very exciting working on the set with the amazing cast members. I had a great time talking to the actors and hanging out at CBS studios. I loved working with Christel Khalil!! She is so beautiful and so nice and it was a pleasure to be cast as her son on Young and the Restless. I also loved working with Daniel Goddard and playing his son. I love Daniel’s cool accent and he is very funny and kind. It was also a pleasure to work with Jess Walton, the late Kristoff St. John, Bryton James and McKenna Roberts who played my twin sister. I also loved working on K.C. Undercover with the beautiful Zendaya and the cast. That show was so much fun and full of laughs.
You were nominated for the Young Entertainer Award. How was the feeling of that?
Yes, I was nominated for best commercial and best performance in a theatrical play for the Young Entertainer Awards. It’s always an awesome feeling being nominated. I have been nominated for 7 awards. I was nominated and won a Young Artist Award for best young actor in a TV series. I also won a COLSAC-BFN award for best performance in a theatrical play and film.
How do you prepare for a role?
Well, I just try to learn the script and become the best character I can.
What other projects have you been part of?
In February 2019 I will be shooting a TV pilot. I have over 27 national TV commercials. You may soon hear my voice on a new McDonald’s commercial and for March Madness you may see me in a new Dave & Busters TV commercial. Currently, I’m a co-host on a youth educational science show where we do cool science experiments. The 50 science episodes will start airing in April 2019. I will soon start shooting another educational series for the same company in February 2019. I recently filmed a Paw Patrol toy web series for Spin Master where I was the voice of all the pups. I am also a character in an animated feature film that will be released in 2020. I star in a film called “My Brother Wes” where I play Wes. The film recently won two awards at the 2018 Marina Del Rey and the Culver City film festival and the film is now in a 2019 “Battle of the Films” in New York. Wish me luck!!!
What have you learned from your other actors?
Always do your best and stay humble!
Who is your favorite actor/actress?
Currently, to name a few: John Cena, The Rock, Kevin Hart, Melissa McCarthy, Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, and I love Shaquille O’Neal commercials.
Which project is still on your bucket list?
I would say a cool comedy movie with some great actors would be awesome!
What would be the dream holiday, and who would you go with?
I love Hawaii. I would go there with my family.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet Obama because not only is he a former President, I think he is a very inspirational and amazing person. I would also love to meet Michael Jackson because he was one of the worlds greatest artist.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Friends and family make happiness! Also having a healthy mental and emotional mindset is important.
Where do you see yourself in a few years?
I hope to be working on exiting and cool projects!
If you were not an actor what else you will be doing?
A passion I have right now is singing and dancing.
What do you think of Social Media in the Entertainment business?
I think Social Media is awesome and a great way to keep up with people and their projects and to communicate with other great influencers as well.
Best advice ever given?
Stay Humble! It’s always nice to stay humble about every good thing in your life and be thankful.
What’s your favorite music?
Right now I like Pop, Rap, Hip Hop, R&B and Electric music.
What’s a normal day in your life?
I wake up knowing the day will be great, meditate! I go to school, go to dance, I go to many fun events!
Do you have a role model?
Yes, I have many, such as Ms. Debbie Allen.
Any future plans you want to share with us?
Hope you hear me in a McDonalds commercial and see me in a Dave & Busters commercial during March Madness. I’ve been dancing for Debbie Allen, modeling and shooting more films. In April 2019, you may see me in another live musical theatrical play with another awesome cast. You will also see me around town at different events keeping you updated as “The Red Carpet Kid” as a celebrity red carpet host.
Where we can follow you?
You can keep up with me on my Instagram which is @brandinstennis (Don’t forget to follow)
Quote: Do your best, never let others stop you, and never give up!
Book: Coming Soon
Movie: Coming Soon
Sports Team: LA Rams, Lakers, and Dodgers
Tv Show: Stay tuned on my Instagram @brandinstennis to see what TV shows I may be working on!
Photo Credit: Guy Viau