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‘The Oval’s’ Daniel Croix on Telling Underrepresented Stories

Written by on February 5, 2024

(BET) – Daniel Croix, known for his role as the chaotic Jason in Tyler Perry’s “The Oval,” contrasts his on-screen persona with a peaceful, arts-rich real life. Raised in a diverse family environment, Croix credits his grandmother, Clarita Delk-Henderson, for introducing him to the arts. A graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory, Croix’s journey in acting led him through over 40 theater productions to notable roles in TV and film. Beyond acting, Croix’s directorial debut, “Huli,” reflects his deep connection to Oahu and explores themes of identity and ancestral ties through the lens of a cross-cultural friendship. This short film, part of what Croix describes as a new Hawai‘i renaissance, showcases his commitment to telling nuanced, non-mainstream stories. Croix highlights the freedom and creativity of such projects in discussing the importance of independent filmmaking and the influence of pioneers like Tyler Perry and Issa Rae. He also teases developments in “The Oval” and shares insights into his upcoming role in Apple TV+’s “Manhunt,” a historical thriller set around Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Croix’s reflections on his experiences and aspirations emphasize the significance of storytelling in cultural preservation and the power of collaborative creativity in shaping the future of entertainment.

Source: BET

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