Canadian Actor Shamier Anderson’s Rise in Hollywood and Work Ethic

Shamier Anderson is cognizant of the fact that his profile in Hollywood is on the rise, and he is grateful for it. The 31-year-old Canadian actor acknowledges that he is presently ubiquitous in the marketplace, but he hasn’t altered his work ethic in any way.

“I’ve been on the grind for a very long time, and I’m still grinding. And it’s not lost on me that I’m pretty ubiquitous in the marketplace right now. However, my work ethic hasn’t changed,” he said. “I’m lucky, and that’s something that’s not lost on me. I also recognize that this moment will pass, right? And that’s something that humbles me.”

Anderson is starring in the latest Keanu Reeves-led film “John Wick: Chapter 4” and his character is receiving positive reviews. Anderson shared that working with Reeves was a “pinch me” moment. He is grateful for the opportunity to work with A-list actors and actresses as he continues to grow his career.

Shamier Anderson in John Wick 4

He’s had notable roles in the past such as in the movie “Bruised” with Halle Berry and “Destroyer” with Nicole Kidman. His first film credit came in 2010′s “Nostrum,” and each role has been a stepping stone to his current success.

Anderson, who grew up in Toronto, is proud of his Canadian roots and the many iconic Canadians in the film industry such as Jim Carrey, Ryan Reynolds, and Sandra Oh. However, he also recognizes that there is still a scarcity of Black filmmakers and actors in the highest levels of the industry.

Anderson’s Creation of Opportunities for Black Canadians in Hollywood and Beyond

Anderson and his brother Stephan James, who is also an actor, have formed The Black Academy to combat systemic racism and amplify Black Canadian creatives. The brothers created Bay Mill Studios production company, which recently sold a project centered around famed painter Jean-Michel Basquiat to a major streaming service. Anderson and James are creating their own blueprint for success in the industry.

Anderson is proud of the Legacy Awards that The Black Academy created, which is Canada’s first Black awards show. The show has a multiyear commitment to air on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp and honors a diverse range of Black Canadians including athletes, musicians, actors, and philanthropists.

Aside from acting and activism, Anderson is also a DJ who goes by the name DJ Shamgod. He has been deejaying for 15 years and has recently gone public with his music. Anderson performed a set at the John Wick after-party in New York following the premiere.

Anderson’s rise to fame has been a slow and steady journey, but he is grateful for the opportunity to work with such talented individuals in the industry. His success is a reminder of how far he has come from his Scarborough neighborhood and his mother’s struggles to make ends meet.

With information from the Source.

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