Director was so impressed by the actor’s surprise take on Angel, Brandon Perea Fry’s work that he decided to rewrite it during their meeting.
Brandon Perea, then 15, was touring the country as a professional skater and dancer. He had an epiphany while parking in a Blue Coast Burrito. He decided to move from Chicago to Los Angeles in pursuit of his dream to become an actor.
Brandon Perea’s Dreams are rarely able to account for the hard times. Perea believed he was on his way when, at 20 years old, he booked the series-regular student role of Alfonso Sosa (also known as French) on Netflix’s mysterious Netflix serial “The OA.” But the show was canceled two seasons into its five-year planned arc.
Perea stated that she felt so confident that she was able to book many more jobs after the event. However, Perea found it difficult to find new work. It’s that strange middle ground, where ‘The OA” was a great, life-changing job but not a piece of your resume that’s going beat out the A-listers who want the great stuff. You are auditioning in case they say no. And who is going to say no?
Brandon Perea persevered in the pursuit of his dream
Brandon Perea persevered in the pursuit of his dream and was eventually given a role in Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” starring Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya as brothers trying to capture an extraterrestrial entity above their California ranch.
Brandon Perea eventually meets Angel, the blonde electronics-store worker. Although Angel seems a bit bored, he soon warms up to the brother-sister pair, sharing his recent breakup with him and talking excitedly about “Ancient Aliens” as their circumstances become more bizarre.
Peele was so impressed with Perea’s work, he increased the role during filming. Now that “Nope,” and No. The 27-year old actor is happy he stayed true to his convictions.
Brandon Perea said last week that she calls this the miracle job because it is a God-given blessing for her. “This is far greater than I could ever dream or imagine,” Perea explained to me over Zoom. It’s a privilege to work in Hollywood, and it can be hard to keep. So you have to be grateful that you can keep it. If I wasn’t grateful, kick me out.”
These are excerpts from our conversation.
What was your life like when you were “Nope”?
I hadn’t done anything significant for a while and it was hard to believe that I would be able to get the role. I felt like I had murdered the audition when I saw the script. People who saw the audition were shocked that I wasn’t going to get it.
There was a moment when I felt like “You know what?” It was a relief from the constant pressure. This was the first time I had to accept it and move on without resenting my job.
Then you heard about “Nope”.
Brandon Perea An email came in for a Jordan Peele project that was untitled. It was my first audition in a while. I assumed it would be a one-liner because he has the ability to get any actor in the film, but I realized it was one of his leads. He was auditioning for a lead role. That’s insane. It’s insane.
What was your opinion of the character?
Three pages of dialogue were all that was required for the initial audition. It consisted of a simple dialogue between a man working in an electronics store and he said, “Hi, I can help over there.” I would like to open an account with us. It was extremely happy and very up. It was very happy, very up.
“The employees don’t want to be there.” I kept it that way and sent the tape out into the universe. Two weeks later, I received a callback to meet Jordan on Zoom.
What did you feel?
I was nervous, excited, and humbled. I was happy to have met the man. I would love to get the role. But I also want to be happy with my current situation.” But then, people around me were like “No, dog. Ask, believe, receive. This is your job, and you’re going get it.” My roommate introduced me to Steve Harvey’s motivational videos. It really helped.
I came in with an energy that said, “I’m here not to audition, it is a work session.” I’m going set. I’m not here for the job to beg.” I behaved like I knew Jordan because I had seen so many of his interviews to prepare — I was like “Yo, J.P., how are you?” How are we doing?” It was very easy and not like “Hello Mr. Peele. How are you?”
You brought coworker energy, not fan energy.
Yes, exactly. And after the session was finished, I was so proud I cried. I was sitting on my couch thinking, “Man, I don’t care if he gets the job.
- He’ll book me one day.” Then, two days later, my reps call and ask, “Hey Jordan, would you be available for an improv session with Jordan this afternoon?” Jordan replies,
- “The problem is, the character that you brought to the table was far different from what I wrote.” Because I would have to rewrite the entire script in order to cast you, I will need to see you perform it more.
- He was like, “Damn! I’m probably out for the job.” That’s exactly what I’m going to do. Yes, I’m going rewrite my script.” He said, “What?” I was shocked.
- I was in tears when I heard that you had been offered the job. I began to ramble: “Man, Hollywood stuff is hard. It’s a rollercoaster ride with many ups and downs.
- I am grateful for your trust in me. Jordan began to cry as well. I can still remember Jordan taking off his glasses and saying, “You got my, man, you got it.”
- This is the trickiest thing about being an actor. You can keep delivering amazing auditions, but you never really know what they are looking for.
- Although it took some time, I am so happy that I did not get the jobs I wanted and needed. “Nope” was the right time for me because I’m now here and prepared. I had to learn a lot in my life as an actor and an artist.
What would you have done if you booked this kind of thing right after “The OA?”
I don’t think I could have managed success as well. It was a time when I would have allowed it to steer me away from the art form in order to make money or gain a large following. I thought I was very close to booking a TV show, but it was not my intention.
It was “Euphoria” or something else?
You guessed it. You’re good. You’re good.
So Jordan cast you. What then?
It was an emotional rollercoaster ride right after that. Like, “Phew! Now I have to go and do the job and deliver.” There was so much mystery.
I didn’t know what I was doing, there was no synopsis. Jordan sent me a list of movies, including “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Jaws,” Alien,” 2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “No Country for Old Men“. I was confused, but I thought it was a random list. I don’t know what he is up to.
What is the connection between all of this?” I then get a text message from him saying, “Merry Christmas,” and he also sent me a link for the script.
It was a funny thing to read.
What happens when you actually act opposite Daniel Kaluuya after watching so many videos?
We met for the first time on-screen, not in person. I was new to Keke and I was completely unfamiliar to them. I thought it was great that I could use this opportunity to my advantage.
“I’m going to be Angel all the time, then I will say what’s up afterward.” That’s exactly what we did. The beats are awkward and Daniel is giving me eyes. Keke said to him, “My eyes see all.” I didn’t break eye contact with him. It was hard nose vs. tough nose. I was like, “I’m here for you.”
A video was taken of your reaction when you first saw the “Nope” billboard. What does it mean to you to be featured on billboards or posters?
When I was younger, my intention was to simply be on a billboard. I didn’t see it as having a deeper, more profound meaning. If you look at the “Nope” billboard and really examine it, you’ll see that it is a Filipino Puerto Rican boy sharing this billboard with Asian representation, Black representation, and a director in a big spectacle movie.
Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, and Jordan Peele — I am working with the best. Because I’m the new kid on campus, I get to share a poster. They trusted me, which is something I am very grateful for.
Who is Brandon Perea Dating Now?
Brandon Perea has never been with anyone. Brandon is 27 years of age. CelebsCouples reports that Brandon Perea has at least one relationship.
Brandon Perea’s height?
Height: 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)