We were given the opportunity to interview Daryl Edwards about the upcoming last season of Manifest, with the first 10 episodes coming to Netflix November 4. He shared a first look of Season 4 with us, answered some questions to get to know him, and also took his time for some fan questions. Are you ready for this? Make sure to fasten your seatbelt.
A commercial airliner suddenly reappears after being missing for five years. As those aboard reintegrate into society, they experience guiding voices and visions of events yet to occur, and soon a deeper mystery unfolds.
Q: What 3 words would you use to describe the last season of Manifest?
Daryl Edwards: So many surprises.
Q: What steps do you take to fully understand the importance of your character to the story?
DE: When reading each script, I ask myself three questions: What does Vance want, why does he want it, and what will he do to get it?
Q: Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue in Season 4?
DE: “You can waltz in anytime.”
Q: Do you have any personal rituals that you do before filming a scene, e.g. for Manifest?
DE: I thank two teachers I had in high school, Jerome and Libby Eskow.
Get to know Daryl Edwards
Q: Can you describe what influenced you to pursue a career as an actor?
DE: A New York City public school guidance counselor suggested I audition for the High School of Performing Arts, and I loved it!
Q: How do you maintain confidentiality about plot twists and other developments in TV productions before they air?
DE: I personally hate spoilers, so that makes it a little bit easier. I just think to myself, “the fans are going to go crazy when they see this!“
Q: Who do you consider your acting role model, whose career you would like to emulate, and why?
DE: There are so many, I suppose the first role model would be Sidney Poitier. When I was a kid, I saw the movie, “In the Heat of the Night“, at a movie theater in Georgia. It made a huge impression on me, still does. His performance was so powerful! He was subtle, he was grounded, and he was just beautiful to watch. When I was a boy, we rarely saw black actors as authority figures and expert problem solvers. I always try to channel Virgil Tibbs, the character Sydney Poitier played, when acting the role of Director Vance.
Q: How do you want to serve as a role model for young black actors getting started in the business? What advice do you offer them?
DE: Maybe there are some young actors out there who look at Vance and feel the same way I felt about Virgil Tibbs. I would tell them to find a good acting program at school, get trained, work hard, but make sure you’re having fun. Even with the disappointments, find a way to enjoy it.
Q: How has the business changed in your experience from the time you were a young black actor starting out to the present day?
DE: In my opinion, the advent of Netflix is the single biggest change in the industry. Streaming has created so many new opportunities for actors. People love binge watching.
Q: What do you believe is the most challenging aspect of being an actor?
DE: Staying positive when you hear the word “no“ so often. Most things you audition for you’re not going to get. When you hit a dry spell, it can be tough.
Q: What would you choose: to have been on flight 828, lose 5,5 years of your life, and have callings? Or not have any callings and lose your loved one(s) for 5,5 years?
DE: Wow, well you know some of the passengers who had callings wound up losing loved ones anyway, I guess there’s something exciting about living up to the responsibility of solving callings. But, Mandy, you know what they say, “be careful what you wish for“.
Q: Who’s the biggest prankster on set?
DE: Rachel, I would say it’s a tie between Josh and J.R.
Q: Your favorite thing about Robert Vance? What advice would you give him?
DE: He’s smart and resourceful. I would tell Director Vance to trust the Stone family, it’ll save you a lot of time.
Q: How did you find out that you’re going to be a regular? What has that been like?
DE: I received notification from my agent and manager. That moment was amazing! Highlight of my professional career!
Q: How did it feel to have Vance return from “the dead” in season two?
DE: Louise, it was the coolest thing ever! Shooting that scene with Ben, the one where I say, “you’re not the only one who can come back from the dead“, is probably my favorite line of dialogue ever!
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