Jharrel Jerome | Srivideo
Biography | Posted: Saturday, 27th July
Born/Date of Birth: October 9, 1997
Place of Birth: Bronx, New York, United States
Education: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Parents: Radoyka Jerome
Years active: 2016–present
Jharrel Jerome (born October 9, 1997) is a Dominican American actor. He is best known for his roles as young Kevin in Barry Jenkins' drama film Moonlight (2016) and as Korey Wise in Ava DuVernay's Netflix miniseries When They See Us (2019). For the latter, he received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
Life and career
Jerome was born in 1997 and raised in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in a close-knit family with parents who he described as "loving". His mother suggested he pursue acting when he was in eighth grade, after which he joined the Riverdale Children's Theatre, a local youth theatre organization. He attended and graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, commuting to Manhattan each day by train.
Shortly after Jerome enrolled as an undergraduate at Ithaca College, he was cast in his first professional acting role in the 2016 independent film Moonlight, as young Kevin. A.O. Scott wrote in the New York Times that he was "excellent" in the role. Director Barry Jenkins said about Jerome, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, "When you watch Jharrel in that movie, he’s not a guy who’s been over-rehearsing. That’s a dude learning by doing. It’s amazing.”
Since 2017, Jerome has appeared in the Audience series Mr. Mercedes. He auditioned for the role of young Korey Wise in the 2019 Netflix miniseries When They See Us, based on the Central Park jogger case. After his audition the series' director, Ava DuVernay, asked him to read the lines for adult Korey Wise, and he was subsequently cast in both roles. Jerome grew close to Wise throughout filming, and said in a Los Angeles Times interview, "He's my brother now. I look up to him. I look up to his courage. He's taught me so much on how to be strong.”
Jerome and his Moonlight co-star, Ashton Sanders, won the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Kiss.
Jerome was nominated for a 2019 Emmy Award in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category for When They See Us.