A crooner is an actor as much as he is a singer. A voice that’s capable of transmitting blood and tears, of carrying the flesh and bone, the body of the singer through the airwaves: that’s a perfect crooning voice. Perhaps this is why actor Michael Malarkey chose the path of the crooner to explore his musical inclinations. In his songs, Malarkey makes use of his histrionic abilities to infuse life into his lyrics. The results? Scroll down and hear for yourself.
Fighting against the stigma that’s usually attached to actors-turned-singers is not easy. It is also not impossible. Malarkey, who was born in Beirut and, in his own words, is used to being an outsider, is trying to break that stigma by penning his own heartfelt songs and exploiting his capacity to transfer emotions through his voice. Fans of The Vampire Diaries, the show where Malarkey plays a vampire called Enzo, are probably already fans of his debut EP, Feed the Flames. For the rest of us, MTV IGGY spoke to Malarkey himself, in order to see what it’s all about.
CW drama pilot Cordon has set its leads, casting David Gyasi (Intestellar), Christina Moses, Chris Wood and Kristen Gutoskie. Written by The Vampire Diaries and The Originals showrunner Julie Plec based on a Belgian format and directed by David Nutter, Cordon chronicles the aftermath of a deadly epidemic outbreak in Atlanta.
Gyasi and Moses will play the central characters, making the first time the CW has had a black leading duo. Gyasi plays Atlanta police major Alex “Lex” Carnahan, a resolute, loyal and good-hearted police officer who’s responsible for maintaining the cordoned area. Moses plays Jana, Lex’s capable girlfriend, who’s trapped inside the Cordon in an Atlanta office high-rise.
Plec has recruited The Vampire Diaries recurring player Wood to play Jake, a former renegade turned cop and Lex’s best friend who finds himself trapped inside the cordon. Gutoskie plays Katie, a twenty-something grade-school teacher and single mother who’s trapped inside the walls of Atlanta Midtown Hospital.
Gyasi is repped by Management 360; Wood isrepped by CAA and Brookside Artist Management; Gutoskie is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, manager Rob Gomez, and Canadian agent Sandra Gillis at Premiere Artists.
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