Jeremy Pope in good company with Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser, Ke Huy Quan and Adam Sandler at The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable, promoting his new film THE INSPECTION, from A24.

We knew him when he played Jerk, in Jenn Wexler’s punk-rock slasher THE RANGER.

Star-making GEP casting agent Lois Drabkin (BENEATH, THE RANGER, FOXHOLE and upcoming BLACKOUT) knows how to pick ‘em. Bringing to the Glass Eye canon an array of talents such as Jeremy Pope, Alex Hurt, Daniel Zovatto, Andi Matichak, Cody Kostro, Angus O’Brien, Joseph Castillo-Midyett, and Jonny Orsini…

Pope says: “I didn’t see a lot of representation of Black, openly gay, queer individuals in media, so I didn’t know what my way in would be. When I graduated college, went to art school, and everyone was about to audition, it was like, “Don’t let people know you’re gay. You’ve got to be this version of a Black man to be successful as an actor.” So I spent many years doing that and abandoning my truth and trying to be what they wanted me to be in the room. It was the moment when I started to love on myself, and love the evolved version of who I am, and be around collaborators and creators that are doing that, when all these things started to happen. It began in 2019, when Tarell McCraney — whom I’d met years before and who won the Oscar for Moonlight — brought his show to Broadway, which happened to be my Broadway debut. The Inspection is just an affirmation to myself of what’s possible. I think about little Jeremy, just trying to find a way in, watching George of the Jungle. You just never know. But I’m grateful that I tried and kept trying and ultimately found self-love and self-worth.”

Read the full interview HERE.

Also available to watch on YouTube