B.J. Britt’s 1 Tip For Staying Sharp on Set

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Up-and-coming actor B.J. Britt takes a break from fight training for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to chat about his work in the Marvel Universe and on the hit BET series “Being Mary Jane.”

On playing Paul Jr. on “Being Mary Jane.”
“He’s a mama’s boy and he also wants to make his dad proud; same thing with me, I’m a mama’s boy...she still babies me to this day. And just like Paul Jr., I want to make my dad proud. He’s my role model.... That’s one of the main reasons I hold Paul Jr. so close to me—we’re so much alike. It kind of mirrors me growing up.”

On the importance of physical training.
“If you’re not eating healthy and you’re not keeping a good balance between that and working out…I mean, with the long hours that we shoot, sometimes it’s 12 to 14 hours a day. You want to make sure your body’s always on point. It’s good for the brain, as well.”

On being cast in the Marvel Universe.
“Growing up, my parents didn’t allow us to watch anything with violence or anything that involved cursing. As soon as somebody hit somebody or cursed, it was, ‘All right, turn the channel, B.J.’ So I didn’t know too much about Marvel when I signed on. Before I showed up to set, I started prepping, doing all my background work. The show connects all the Marvel movies.... I called my mom, like, ‘Mom! How dare you keep this from me! Marvel is the coolest thing on the planet!’ ”

On bringing a comic book character to life.
“Comic books are huge. That fan base is enormous, so when prepping your character, you have all these people who have been growing up with comic books, whose parents put a comic book in their hand at the age of 1. Unfortunately, my parents did not.... If you mess up something, you’re definitely going to hear about it. Approaching my character, I just wanted to make him as real and as close to home as the writers wanted this character to be. Basically making Agent Triplett not only someone who can kick butt when he needs to, but at the same time have a sense of humor, have a light side.”

On his speculated appearance in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“You know what? I’m not at liberty to disclose that information. I’m learning, baby! I’m learning."

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Jack Smart
Jack Smart is the awards editor at Backstage, where he covers all things Emmy, SAG, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He also produces and hosts Backstage’s awards podcast “In the Envelope” and has interviewed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen.
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