By Kam Williams
Sentinel Contributing Writer
Brandon Mychal Smith, The “So Random” Interview
Born in Los Angeles on May 29, 1989, Brandon Mychal Smith is a charismatic young actor best known for playing ladies man Nico Harris on the Disney Channel sitcom “Sonny with a Chance,” which was renamed “So Random” earlier this year. Brandon discovered his love for acting at a young age when he stood in front of his 6th grade class and recited a crowd-pleasing rendition of a poem by Shel Silverstein. And after graduating from high school, he enrolled at Hampton University where he earned his degree in entrepreneurship while minoring in finance.
A versatile performer, Brandon recently competed on the ABC celebrity reality show “Skating with the Stars,” and in 2010 starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Starstruck.” His other TV credits include recurring roles on such shows as “Unfabulous” and “Phil of the Future.”
Brandon has also guest-starred on “Bones,” “Without a Trace” and “That’s So Raven”.
Brandon’s motion picture credits include appearances opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Gridiron Gang, opposite Nick Cannon in Weapons, and opposite Matthew Perry in The Ron Clark Story. Away from work, he keeps himself busy between his many hobbies (especially roller-skating) and his charity work with organizations like the “Magic of Healthy Living Campaign” alongside First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Here, Brandon talks about his work on “So Random.”
SENTINEL: Hi Brandon, what interested you in So Random?
Brandon Mychal Smith: What interested me was the great team of people that I knew were behind this project. I always wanted to work with Brian Robbins, so when the opportunity rang, I was more focused and ready to do whatever it took to land the role of Nico. [LOL]
SENTINEL: Tell me a little about the show?
BMS: So Random is your SNL mixed with a splash of 30 Rock all geared towards the cool kids and fly teens of the new millennium!
SENTINEL: How would you describe your character, Nico?
BMS: Nico Harris has the charisma and charm of a WIll Smith from Fresh Prince of Bel Air days with a dash of Denzel Smooth and a Kanye West swagger when it comes to getting fly! [Laughs]
SENTINEL: How similar are you to Nico?
BMS: Nico Harris is Brandon Mychal Smith at about 16 or 17 with much more energy and a way cooler job than I really had at that age. [Laughs] Nico and I share a love for the fashion world. And Nico and I also are very much ladies men. [Chuckles] But most importantly, Nico, as well as I, love to keep everyone laughing and having a good time!
SENTINEL: What would you say is the message being delivered by So Random?
BMS: The show’s message is that with The Power of We, you can do it to with drive, persistence, commitment, breathing and smiling. [Laughs] The Power of We is the collaborative effort, everyone coming together to help contribute and or make a positive difference.