Ser'Darius William Blain is a Haitian-American film and television actor. He is best known for his role as Anthony “Fridge” Johnson in the Jumanji film series, appearing in the second and third entries. Blain is also recognized for his portrayal of Galvin Burdette in the first season of The CW series Charmed.
Did you enjoy the first Jumanji movie? How is the new film different?
I was a huge fan of the first Jumanji when I was a kid. It was a little scary but exciting and I was a huge fan of Robin Williams. This Jumanji stands alone. It's a completely different story because it takes you into the world of Jumanji as opposed to the first one which brought the characters into our world. We get a chance to delve into the jungle and see the origin of what Jumanji is.
What was the most difficult part about landing this role?
I only auditioned once and thought I had zero shot at landing it but once I did, the biggest challenge was keeping a good clean shave so they wouldn't figure out I wasn't 18
Can you tell us a little about the character you play?
The fridge is a jock who just doesn't have confidence and belief in his intellect so he relies on his ex-best friend, Spencer, to do his homework for him so he doesn't get kicked off the football team. He puts on a tough but cool persona so that people don't get too close to him and see his vulnerabilities.
How was it working with Hollywood A-lister’s like Kevin Hart and The Rock?
Working with Kevin and DJ was an eye-opening experience. They have so much going on at one time and can be masters at every single one of them. They're entrepreneurs and extremely talented artists as well as a family man. I hope to have that type of balance Someday.
What can you tell us about your role in The Last Full Measure? What was it like working with such a great cast?
The last full measure is about the bloodiest day in the Vietnam war. I play a young Sam Jackson and my squad and I get cornered in an ambush. An air force medic by the name of William Pitsenbarger saves me and countless others but ultimately dies in battle. The film focuses on 34 years after his death when I and my man try to get him a posthumous Medal of Honor. I got a chance to work with some amazing young actors like Jimmy Jagger, Jeremy Irvine, Cody Walker, Zach Roerig, Travis Aaron Wade, and countless other standouts. We're the younger versions of Hollywood legends like Ed Harris and William Hurt. To even be mentioned in the same breath as them is an honor. I'm looking forward to meeting them.
Can you tell us about your role in Bolden? What attracted you to the part?
Bolden recounts the life and untimely death of jazz legend and creator Buddy Bolden. I'm a huge jazz enthusiast and had been looking for a great biopic to be a part of, so the timing of everything worked out great. I play Willie Cornish, buddy's trombonist, and childhood friend. He's a tough guy with a soft spot for Buddy and ultimately finds it difficult to watch his friend's demise but sticks with him every step of the way.
How do you keep your mind grounded and stay humble in the entertainment business?
The entertainment business has a funny way of humbling you even as you rise. You're always auditioning and as move up, you're just auditioning against bigger, better actors and with amazing directors and writers. Nothing's a sure thing and it could all be gone tomorrow. I just try to remind myself of that always. I'm extremely blessed
What would be your go-to work out move?
My go-to work out move is always push-ups! It's a total core workout. It hits every body part, besides your legs. There's never an excuse to not at least do push-ups.
How often do you work out and how do you stay in shape?
I work out about 4 times a week. I lift weights, do plyometrics, hike, and my personal favorite; basketball. I love the competitiveness and I'm a professional trash-talker lol
Who's your inspiration or idol in acting?
Will Smith and Denzel Washington are my inspirations in