Call Redialed: NEW Jasper Cole Interview: ABC's "The Rookie"

Almost a year to the date of our last interview, Jasper Cole has once again answered my call! It’s great to catch-up with Jasper and find out what’s been happening with him.

Jasper will be guest starring on the April 9 episode of ABC’s The Rookie as “Crack Head Fred.” He continues to host his widely successful podcast One on One with Jasper Cole and has several TV/Film projects in the works.

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Jasper Cole as “Crack Head Fred” on ABC’s “The Rookie”

Jasper Cole as “Crack Head Fred” on ABC’s “The Rookie”

1. It's been almost a year since we did our last interview together. What has changed for you in this past year? Thankfully this past year has been a busy one. Between acting, producing and my podcast, I'm keeping really busy. I shot a new series called PALOMINO & SWISSY playing the role of "Goobler" which hopefully will be out later this year. The film MODEL HOME finally premiered and will be out on VOD and all the platforms this year. As will the horror film, CAPTURED. I've seen them both and I'm really proud to be a part of them. 

I'm also producing several new projects including a reality series with veteran comic and TV show runner Producer, Tony Tripoli (FASHION POLICE), Bill Alverson, (COACH CHARMING) who Produces the Netflix hit series INSATIABLE and whose life the show is loosely based on and with my producing partner, JR Rosenberg. We have a feature film and a digital TV series in the works as well.

2. You just booked a guest starring role on ABC's The Rookie in the role of "Crack Head Fred.." What can you tell us about this role? I'm thrilled to have worked on THE ROOKIE as "Crack Head Fred." The episode airs April 9th and it was a joy to work with the whole cast and crew and especially the director John Fortenberry. I had worked with one of the Producer/Writers of THE ROOKIE, Terrance Paul Winter, before  on TRAINING DAY for CBS opposite the late Bill Paxton, so it was great to be back with him again. There were other former TRAINING DAY alumni on set as well. One of the best things about being blessed to still be working this long is that I get to meet so many talented people and sometimes I'm lucky enough to work with them again. It really is a small town and business in many ways.

3. What made you want be on this show? I was so happy to be cast as 'Fred" because he's a former addict who has been clean for 30 days and is trying to stay on the straight and narrow path to a better life. Addiction is such a tragedy in this country and has effected so many of our lives, certainly in my own life. Thankfully I'm not an addict myself but I have several friends, colleagues and family members who are or were and who have dealt with it. It's an ongoing struggle. Also, it was great to play a "nice guy" for a change, not to say that the bad guy roles aren't the best because they are, but I loved that "Fred" is trying hard to be better.

4. Since you are guest starring on The Rookie, what is something you still feel as though you are a "rookie" at? Wow, I'm a ROOKIE at a lot of things, lol, but mostly TECHNOLOGY. I'm determined to stay on top of the fast changing world of technology and social media and all the gadgets that come along with it. I was never very "technical" to begin with and have always been much more creative and artistic so as I get older, I'm working as hard as I can to not be left in the dust with the latest iPhones, tablets, etc. The biggest challenge is remembering all the damn passwords that keep changing!

Melissa O'Neil, Jasper Cole, and Eric Winter on the set of ABC’s “The Rookie”

Melissa O'Neil, Jasper Cole, and Eric Winter on the set of ABC’s “The Rookie”

5. What other projects do you have coming out that you can tell us about? Projects to come this year.......Films MODEL HOME & CAPTURED. Television: PALOMINO & SWISSY. I'm up for several great TV roles as we speak including a few TV pilots. I'm actually shooting a TV project this week. Hopefully next time we talk I'll have those to promote.

6. Since The Wizard of Oz is the film that inspired you to become an actor and this is the 80th Anniversary year of the film, if they were to remake the film, what role would you want to play? Well if I can't play "Dorothy," lol, then I guess I'd settle for the TIN MAN. I think what we all need right now, especially in this divided political landscape, is a lot more HEART like the Tin Man was searching for. I admit I can get very riled up over politics myself but I try to remember at the end of the day, most Americans desire the same things for themselves and their families. It's easy to get bitter and jaded over how things are right now but I try to always remember this country has been through so much and survived and this too shall pass.

7. In our last interview, you also mentioned you want to continue to grow your podcast. How is that going? I'm so proud of my podcast ONE ON ONE WITH JASPER COLE and I'm blessed to work with the best Producers, John Williams and Brandon Brewer. John and I have been working together since I started in radio seven years ago this year. My show is now heard on over 30 platforms worldwide including iTunes, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Spreaker, Blog Talk Radio and many more.

I'm grateful to our host company BS PODCAST NETWORKS for all their support and promotions. We started a new series of shows this year spotlighting the serious problem of HOMELESSNESS in LA and the country. We have done three so far and will continue monthly as we move forward and they are some of our highest rated shows. Ironically, since I have played and do play so many different homeless characters in my career, this has been an eye opening journey into this new world of Homelessness created by our current gaps between the have and have nots, especially in LA.

Like most of the country, contrary to what this Government often tells us, LA has one of the largest homeless populations in the world. An estimated 55,000 homeless people currently live in LA. The face of homelessness has changed to include the 'working homeless," families, recent college graduates who can't get work nor afford the cost of living in LA so they are living in their cars parking in upscale neighborhoods like Beverly Hills and beyond.

It's a platform that I will always continue to promote and fight for and I'm so thankful to my listeners for going on this journey with us. Our latest episode is called "The Horrors & Heroes of Homelessness" spotlights "The Mayor of Skid Row" General Jeff and its out now. The next new one will be April 28th. All past episodes are archived on iTunes etc.

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8. Who have you not been able to book on your podcast that you'd still like to? There are so many potential podcast guests on my wish lists including: Marianne Williamson, Carol Burnett, Jeff Bridges, Sam Elliott, Quentin Tarantino, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, Gavin Newsom, etc etc.

9. You have been in the business over 30 years. What has been the hardest change in the way things are done to adapt to? The business has changed for the better in many ways like Self Taped auditions. We can now tape the audition without having to always be in the room which is great especially if you live outside of LA.

On the other hand, Casting directors don't seem to have the influence they once did which is sad because they are invaluable and quite frankly should have their own category at The Oscars as well. There was a time when a casting director could actually offer an actor a part without going through four and five auditions. I love to audition so I don't really mind it but lately its often several auditions for three lines on a TV show. It's just the way things are now and rather than bitch and complain I try to roll with it and adapt because I intend to keep working til I drop!

10. Rapid Fire Questions:

  • Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Crunchy Peanut Butter

  • Twizzlers or Red Vines? Twizzlers

  • Marvel or DC? Marvel

  • Favorite go to Emoji when texting? 👍🏻

Jasper Cole

Jasper Cole

More on Jasper:

As a veteran character actor with over a 100 TV/film credits, Jasper continues his villainous streak having co-starred in the box office smash hit film, The Purge: Anarchy as a “Homeless Man” produced by Michael Bay and Jason Blum, in Captured, as “Shelly” starring Brittany Curran and Kristin Prout and Model Home as “Walker” opposite Emmy winner Kathy Baker and Monique Gabriella Curnen. He will soon be seen in the lead role of “Bad Cop” in the horror/thriller Savage Sistas and as “Dark Butler” in the horror film Spirits opposite Lynn Lowry as well as “Peter” in Awaken The Shadowman, starring Jean Smart.

He appeared as “Jacques De Leon” in the new CBS Drama, Training Day, opposite Bill Paxton. He guest starred in the 2017 season of American Horror Story and booked roles on Baskets and WestWorld. He also played a “Homeless Man” opposite Tatiana Ali in the TV movie Second Sight. He was seen in the third season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as “The Oolong Slayer” opposite Andy Sandberg and Andre Baugher. Jasper also co-starred in the 2013 hit horror film, Hansel & Gretel as “John”, iconic actress, Dee Wallace’s son.

Jasper has appeared in dozens of theatrical productions and national TV commercials and has guest starred on some of television’s top shows, including, C.S.I., Married With Children, Saved By The Bell, Touched by An Angel, Party Of Five, LaFemme Nakita, Tales From The Crypt, Baywatch, Pacific Blue and Clueless.

More recently, Jasper obtained critical acclaim for his work on Michael Eisner’s Emmy Nominated series, Prom Queen, his unforgettable stint on Everybody Hates Chris and his recurring role on the ABC series, The Forgotten, starring, Christian Slater. He has also guest starred on HBO’s hit series Funny Or Die Presents and appeared regularly in various comedy sketches for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Film and TV audiences will also remember Jasper as “Reno”, the bad cowboy, in the award winning Showdown at Seven commercials for the popular movie website, Fandango, and he appeared in the popular national Direct TV commercials opposite Rob Lowe. You can see him worldwide as a Pirate in the 1-800-contact commercials as well. Nickelodeon fans know Jasper as “Oswald” in the final season of their hit series Victorious and he appeared in several episodes of the hit syndicated series, Outlaw Empires.

Once established as Hollywood’s “bad guy”, it was a matter of time before Jasper graced the big screen. He has appeared in multiple films such as 18 Again, Alien Nation, Get Your Stuff, Friday the 13th Part VIII, and Urban Assault-Tko. Jasper flaunted his sinister side and became an International sensation as Val Kilmer’s sidekick, “Zeke Pleshette” in the blockbuster MacGruber alongside Ryan Phillipe, Kristin Wiig and Will Forte. The film is gaining cult status on DVD and TV. Jasper is also the host of the nationally syndicated Radio/TV show….One On One With Jasper Cole.

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