Antonio Jaramillo

Thursday June 1, 2017

A Conversation with Antonio Jaramillo
The Star of Shades of Blue and upcoming Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans
Mc Talks about his career and hist past

After his successful run on the hit TV shows Shades of Blue, alongside Hollywood big-names like Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, it seems like Antonio Jaramillo has no plans to take any time off. He just finished shooting the pilot for the upcoming FX Sons of Anarchy spinoff of the rivals-turned-allies biker gang, Mayans MC.

“It was tremendous fun,” said Antonio.“(The showrunners) had to kill me off from Shades of Blue, and it was sad. I loved working with J-Lo and Ray Liotta, they were amazing to work with. But, I think it was the best way out for my character.” Antonio starred as Miguel Zepeda, the troubled ex-husband of Lopez’s character Harlee Santos. Antonio adds, “it was exciting to be part of such a cool show. I enjoyed playing the part of Miguel and fans really loved the story line and the chemistry between Jennifer Lopez and myself.”

Antonio now stars as Michael Ariza, a member of biker gang Mayans MC. The show is a spinoff of the popular FX series Sons of Anarchy, and follows the Latino biker crew and their lives. “I am beyond excited to be a part of this project! I mean what’s not to like? We get to ride motorcycles almost every day on set plus I get to work with some very cool guys like John Ortiz, Emilio Rivera, Richard Cabral and many others…….” The show follows directly after the death of Jax Teller, played by Charlie Hunnam, and is produced by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James.

Throughout his career, Antonio has been playing memorable tough guy characters in TV series and movies. He starred in Oliver Stone’s crime epic Savages, FOX crime series Rosewood alongside Morris Chestnut and Jaina Lee Ortiz and numerous projects as the ‘toughest’ guy in the room. These roles, however, couldn’t have been done without overcoming his somewhat troubled past. “Acting has given me the courage to communicate that which is in me with the rest of the world.”

And even after finishing the pilot, it seems like Antonio can’t take time off for himself. “I have an Indy Sci-Fy Film in post-production called Solver. And after that, I want to continue acting whenever I can, wherever I can……..In fact, I would like to go back to the theatre and do a play.” Antonio has hardened his position as the go-to character actor with his charismatic, mysterious and dangerous persona and hard work ethics, presenting a positive example to the youth in similar situations who wish to follow their dreams. “Find something that moves you, challenges you,excites you and scares you a bit…….. Then do that for the rest of your life.”

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