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Every now and then you get to work with a director you've been a fan of for years.   SAINT X was incredible on many levels!  It's a great script, with a GREAT director that I've been dying to work with!!

 

It was such an honor, creatively & personally, to meet and work with the wonderfully gifted Dee Rees.  I was like a kid in a candy store, being directed by her.  Wow!!!  She's honestly a lovely, genuine and warm person -- all around.  I truly hope to work more with Dee. 

 

Working with Alycia Debnam-Carey was BEYOND fun.  We had a great scene together, and in-between takes she was very warm -- we got to connect and talk about life.  I truly hope I get to work with Alycia again.

 

Last but not least -- Josh Bonzie is a pro who brought the heat to our scene. 🔥 ¡Puro fuego! 🔥 Hope we get to do more scenes like that.

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As a born and bread New Yorker who grew up with hip-hop, I've been a fan of Queen Latifah's since I was a kid.  So meeting her -- and working with her -- was a dream come true. 

 

After we shot our scene, I thanked her for being a positive influence to many people.  I can say, she's extremely gracious.  Also, in-between takes we shared a fun little inside joke about Public Enemy's 911 is a joke

 

She truly is a Queen  -- or as my mom would say... ¡una reina!

The director was Solvan "Slick" Naim, he's cool and fun to collaborate with.   Plus, Slick is a very talented musician/rapper too!  The man is a talent -- and he's nice!  And from Brooklyn too.  Hope to work with Slick again.

Catch Season 2 of The Equalizer on CBS and Paramount+. 

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To be 100% honest, I'm a working actor who auditions for tiny roles just to get my foot in the door.  So, when my manager called saying I was being offered a role I didn't audition for I asked, "You sure they want me?"

After I was hired, Producer Camille Janiffa Bradshaw did a Zoom reading of the script... I showed up and nailed it.  Yet, I was still unsure if they wanted me - because just getting offered the part without auditioning is new to me.

After the reading I spoke to Camille and I said: "There's another Johnny Sanchez in the industry.  A stand up comedian. You sure it's not him you want?"  She replied, "No, we want you. But even if we ever wanted the other Johnny Sanchez -- we want you now.  Trust me, we want you."  I was so grateful. 

 

Bru's was produced by strong, smart, creative and dedicated black women.  Director Mark Harris helmed the ship, a gentleman who gave everyone love.  I also met writer Lamont Ferrell -- I said, Lamont, let's keep doing this. I want to be back on this set again.  As for Bruce Bruce and Brely Evans they're BOTH incredible.  First off, Bruce Bruce has been in the game a minute -- decades!  A pro who treated each actor with love and respect.. and full of the fatherly advice we all need more of in our lives.  Brely, wow, a queen!!  She knows what it is to be a star!  And brought the best of herself.  Plus, we shot on location -- in Atlanta.  I felt the LOVE and I hope to be back there again! 

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I was a fan of Ray Donovan the TV show on Showtime.. so when I heard I was cast in Ray Donovan: The Movie -- I was beyond joyful.. I was very grateful. 

 

Working with director David Hollander was a delight.  We got to the set and he was like... let's play.. let's find the creativity.. and let's really create the truth of the moment.  Holy shoots, that's so rare -- and we created some magic.

SPOILER ALERT:  It was a flashback sequence... and we recreated the 1980s.  Wow, the streets, the cars.. the clothing of the era.  So much fun.  David is a real creative filmmaker.  Hope to work with David again.

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There's a reason why they say FBI: MOST WANTED is a solid team. They delivered the goods!  The cast, director, writers, producers, crew -- everyone was so on top of it that I was like -- man, I better bring my 'A game' to this job.

 

I haven't done a scene like that before.. so getting to do it was loads of fun -- quick and fierce action.  My character comes face to face with a dangerous and deadly killer.  -- Yeah, fun is the operative word here.  Fun to work on this.

Johnny appears opposite Mariska Hargitay in the role of Marcos Arias.  The episode is directed by Jean de Segonzac.  Wanting to work on Law & Order for over 20 years, working on SVU was a dream come true.  And as an NYC based actor, it felt like a right of passage for Johnny.  Look out for Law & Order: SVU, episode #14 of Season 21.

​​Based on the Book and the incredible true story, Johnny will appear in MASTERS OF DOOM, opposite Patrick Gibson of THE OA.   

 

Masters of Doom is directed by the extremely talented Rhys Thomas and written the genius mind of Tom Bissell (The Disaster Artist). 

Johnny plays 'Jorge' in Porgies & Bass.  

 

Log Line:  When one fisherman sits too close to another, all hell breaks lose in a battle against life and death.

Synopsis:  Ben is trying to catch his prized large striped bass, and has staked out his favorite spot on the beach.  So when Jorge, who wants to catch porgies, a smaller, more abundant fish, shows up and sits too close he interrupts Ben's idyllic plans.  What starts out as a beautiful, ideal day for fishing by the ocean turns into a conflict over territory -- one that erupts in unexpectedly dark ways.

See Porgies & Bass on Omeleto - link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAg_M_THHPc&t=2s 

 

Director: Thomas Barnes.  

Cinematography Milton Kam

Producer is Richard D'Angelo.  

Casting Donna McKenna.

Starring, ​Jeffrey J. Scott as Ben, and Aidan Governale as The Kid. 

Continuing his venture as a multi-hypenate, Johnny produced MUSCLE,  Directed by Heidi Miami Marshall and Executive Produced by Frank Oz

Log Line:  A woman struggles to care of her dying husband. But, then she meets the other woman. 

Synopsis:  A wife takes care of her dying husband. But even before he was terminally ill, things were already falling apart.  When she meets the other woman, she has to make an agonizing choice: will she leave him and live for herself, or stay and live for him?   An examination into what "until death do us part" really means and the way commitments make, shape and break us, MUSCLE played at over 31 film festivals worldwide and won 6 awards - including Best Narrative Short Film, Best of the Fest Award, and Best Actress.

See MUSCLE on Omeleto - link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxZo265wkVw&t=3s


Starring: Fiona Graham, Reiko Aylesworth, and Marc Menchaca

Written by: Tom Wilton,

Edited by: Joe Gutowski

Cinematography: Jeff Melanson

Johnny appears in ROYAL PAINS 

 

The episode was directed by Paulo Costanzo.   

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