Breon Pugh is an actor and singer born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, whose earliest acting roles rooted from various theater productions of local plays. He began to pursue acting full-time while acquiring his Associates Degree in Medical Assistant/Phlebotomy from Louisiana State University just to have something to fall back on. But that all changed when he landed his first lead role in a feature film, Bolden! directed by Dan Pritzker (TBA). After his experience in Bolden!, he used his newly refined talent to land himself in the HBO Film Mosaic (2017) directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh. His work on the highly successful WGN show Underground & new HBO Comedy Vice Principles is what, as of late, he is most noted for.
Welcome to TV Series Hub, before we begin, how would you introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Breon Pugh. I’m an up-and-coming actor/singer from Shreveport, Louisiana. I’ve been pursuing this for a while and it’s finally paying off.
With the industry being away from where you were born, how is it like travelling to do your part of a series and/or movie?
In a way it helps me stay grounded and made me understand the blessing of being able to book these projects. Being on set is like being in a different world. You have hard-working people; like hair, make up, wardrobe, fussing over you making sure you look your best. Being in midst of the entertainment industry is exciting and new every time I get to book a role and go out and travel to shoot. I’m not around every day. I have to work hard to get back to that type of life because once I’m done with the job and finish and go back home, its back to normal life.
Studying towards an Associate’s degree in Phlebotomy while also pursuing an acting career; how was it like juggling both of careers?
Looking back at that part of my life, I can truly say I am proud. I was very determined and I knew that I was going to be where I am today. I mean I still have lots of goals I have to accomplish, but I had a definite assurance in myself that I was doing the right thing. I knew acting was what I wanted to do with my life career wise, but I had a definite assurance in myself that I was doing the right thing. I knew acting was really what I wanted to pursue and what I wanted to set my mind on, but just in case acting didn’t work out I needed a way to make money so I got my degrees. I felt my dreams were priority but living is just as important, so I had to insure myself and my life. That way if acting didn’t support me my education would.
What is the key to perfect balance when studying and pursuing another career?
I wish I had an answer to that. To be honest I think it’s better to have that pressure because the best things you could ever imagine artistically come from it and it helps you to remember and compartmentalize different subjects. So I don’t really think there’s a balance, its just one common goal that needs to be accomplished.
Singing is also one of your talents, what is your moment of pride so far?
Singing is like a trick I hide in my back pocket. I grew up around it. My entire family sings so it’s second nature to me. It helps me in so many ways with my acting journey. But one thing that stands out I have to say, was when I was sitting in my trailer onset of the movie Bolden and the director comes in and gives me lyrics to a song that he wanted me to perform in front of over 100 extra no practice and no pressure, ha ha ha ha, and I only had 10 minutes to get it together. Thank God I had some type of ingenuity to go out there and shoot the scene without any hesitation. That moment stands out for me to this day.
How would you define your acting career as of the moment?
I feel like my career is an uphill climb. The closer I get to the top, the stronger I become. I could look back and see how far I’ve come. I can look up to see how far I’ve got to go. And when I get to the top, I know that the hard work and determination to get there was worth it.
Leaving a mark on the heart of fans with your performances on Underground & Vice Principals, what should we be expecting in your latest project called “Mosaic”?
It’s crazy because sometimes you get so caught up in life you forget that even in a minute of screen time, we can resonate with people. Whether it’s a TV show or movie I’ve been in, I’m so surprised by the response. But in Mosaic you can expect a meek and mild character, but you know he knows more than he lets on.
In brief without spoiling the movie, what is Mosaic about?
Mosaic movie is the true meaning of its name. There are a lot of moving parts with the story line constantly evolving into something different. You have to take a step back and look again to figure out who did what and why.
Why is the movie released online before it was released on TV?
The app gives Mosaic the space it needed to be a breaching narrative. With it being on the app it could be seen in its truest form, which is art. That is why it is called Mosaic.
Lastly, where will we see you next?
I have two features coming soon. The first is a horror film called The Party Crasher, directed by Brant Sersen. The other is a biopic call Bolden, directed by Dan Pritzker.