Jake Allyn stars in the new series The Quad, which recently premiered on BET.
The series follows students and administrators at Georgia A&M, a fictitious historically black university, and is already receiving rave reviews from The New York Times and Buzzfeed, to name a few. Allyn portrays BoJohn Folsom, the school’s first white starting quarterback.
Allyn has also made a name for himself with roles in notable television series such as The Middle, Blood Relatives, and Killer Kids. He is also currently writing and starring in two new thriller films: Wicked Love and Ex-Patriot.
Check out what this whiskey and beer man tells Chilled about what he’s got going on these days.
Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.
Well, you can actually catch me every Wednesday night at 10 p.m./9c on BET’s new series, The Quad. It’s a one-hour drama about a historically black college in Atlanta that brings in a small-town white Texas quarterback, played by me, to help their struggling football team. The show also centers around the university’s president, played by Tony Award winner, Anika Noni Rose, and her ongoing power struggle with the university’s prolific band leader, Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Both are fantastic in their parts and set the tone for us young actors on the show. Having such veteran actors on set not only was great to watch and learn from, but to chase. I want to be as good as them someday.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your down time?
Sleep! If I can steal a full 8 or 9 hours of sleep, I take it. But when I’m not working or sleeping, I’m probably in the gym or watching movies. Working out is my form of meditation. It wakes me up, clears my head, and focuses me on my day. I try and hit the gym at least six times a week and always on days I’m shooting a scene. I also see at least one or two movies a week. Whether it’s a new one in theaters or a favorite I’ve seen a hundred times, watching a great movie during a very busy time in my life always helps refocus me. If I’ve had a hard day on set, sitting down for a moving performance by one of my favorite actors or watching an uplifting story will always remind me why I do what I do and help motivate me to keep working hard.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
Well whenever I get to a new city, I’m gonna hunt for the best barbecue and Mexican joint in town. We shot The Quad for about three months in Atlanta, and I feel confident to say I found the best BBQ spot by day three of shooting the show. Shout out to Moe’s Original BBQ, the best pulled pork in Atlanta! But apart from the actual meal, I’m all about finding places where I can just relax and enjoy time with my cast mates, friends, or family. I hate super-dark places or a restaurant that tries to be too fancy. There’s nothing fun or fancy about paying thirty dollars for an appetizer; I don’t care how successful you are. I’d much rather hit a cheap Mexican spot with my entire family or all my friends than eat at the fanciest restaurant in town alone.
What types of dishes do you usually order?
Barbecue and Mexican are definitely my favorites. Which is probably pretty customary, given I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I’ll never forget going to Texas Land & Cattle Company every single year for my birthday when I was a kid. I’d get a full rack of ribs and chow down. The only rule was that I had to make sure I opened all my presents before my ribs came, because my parents didn’t want me to get barbecue sauce all over my new gifts. It was probably a good call and a nice excuse to get to open my presents before dinner.
Do you cook?
I cook a ton, but always simple stuff. I’ll usually just have a few scrambled eggs and an avocado in the morning. Then lunches and dinners I am so boring. I’ll grill some chicken or salmon and throw it on some lettuce and call it a salad. I’m better when it comes to making drinks! That’s more fun, anyway.
What types of drinks do you order when out?
I’m a whiskey or beer man. I think I actually drink more whiskey and beer in Los Angeles than when I actually lived in Texas. Back in Dallas, I got nothing to prove, everyone’s from there, so it’s whatever, if I want to drink vodka one night, then who cares … but in L.A., if I order a vodka or some girly drink, everyone’s like, “Wait dude, I thought Texas people only drink whiskey.” So I guess you could say I like to play into my stereotype … but it’s a badass stereotype, so why not? I will say that despite my Texas roots, I love Jameson. It is hands-down my favorite whiskey. I enjoy a good Bushmills, too. My family is Irish, so I try and stay Irish if I can.
Do you prepare drinks at home?
My specialty is definitely the post-dinner liquored coffee. I make two types: Irish coffee or a Mexican espresso drink called carajillos. The Irish coffee is just the classic Jameson mixed with Bailey’s and a great hot coffee, maybe some whipped cream if ladies want one. The carajillo is my personal favorite, though. Way less known than the Irish coffee, so it’s a little more exotic and more fun to make for friends. It’s an iced espresso mixed with a liquor called “Licor Cuarenta y Tres,” or “Liquor 43” in the States. It’s very hard to come by the in U.S., but in Mexico, it’s the drink of choice after dinner. Or before. Or anytime during the day, because it’s amazing.
Do you own a home bar?
I don’t think you can call a bunch of whiskey, Licor 43, and beers sitting on top of a fridge a “home bar,” per se. Maybe one day I’ll be that civilized, but for now I’ll stick to my spatially aware set up.
What is your dream home bar like?
One day soon, when I do own a home bar it will be stocked with Shiner Bock (my favorite beer from Texas), and probably a few bottles of Jameson and Bushmills. I’m also becoming a big fan of Moscow Mules-mostly because of the cool cooper mugs so I’ll definitely have the ingredients for that, along with enough of the copper mugs for my friends and family to enjoy. After all, what’s a good drink without best friends to enjoy it with?
I’d also like it to be big enough so that I could physically get behind to tend the bar. That would be a great way to truly host a great get-together or party. Second, I’d love to have it sectioned not by types of alcohol, but by nationality. So American-made liquors and beers in one section, Irish in another, Germany in another, and maybe even Canada! I feel like that would be an interesting way of organizing the bar to make it more unique.
What is your favorite drink/cocktail?
Well definitely my first drink of the night will always be an Irish coffee or carajillo. It gets the juices going and kind of kills two birds with one stone. A stiff coffee and some liquor … you can’t go wrong. I usually just sip on a whiskey ginger or Shiner Bock beer for the rest of the night. I try not to mix my liquors too much … famous last words!
Have you ever been a bartender?
I am only a bartender at my own parties, and I do carry an extreme amount of respect for them. I’m always in awe by the amount of orders they can remember and that they can even hear people’s orders, especially in a club. I can barely hear myself think in one of those dub step-blaring clubs, much less five sloppy drunk kids’ drink orders. So cheers to all the bartenders around the world!
Check out Jake’s interview on KCAL 9 Weekend Mornings HERE.
Watch a sneak peek of the series HERE.