Today, few actors can say they spanned their talent across a spectrum that Joseph David-Jones has.
Whether a superhero in the DC Universe, a performer caught in the middle of racial injustice, or an artistic guitarist struggling with bipolar disorder, Joseph is commendable for all his variating performances. This year, Joseph can be seen reprising his fan-favorite role, Connor Hawke (A.K.A the Green Arrow), in the final season of The CW’s action-superhero series Arrow. His recent promotion to series regular enabled him to continually shine as Hawke, an agent of the knight watch and queen’s successor. The eighth and final season of “Arrow” is set to premiere October 15, 2019.
Joseph is also known for appearing in CMT’s hit series Nashville opposite Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton. Bringing diversity to the show, he was a scene-stealer as Clay, a creative, self-aware, and highly motivated musician on the come-up. Aside from TV series, Joseph has held starring roles in the film industry as well. One of which was in Kathryn Bigelow’s critically acclaimed feature film Detroit, opposite John Boyega, Algee Smith, and Anthony Mackie. Another was in the drama film “Roman J. Israel, Esq,” with Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell. While acting alongside the big names, Joseph fervently works to maintain his excellent presence on set. Chilled sat down with him to unveil his dream home bar, favorite drinks/eats, and more.
Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.
I am currently working on the new season of the television series, Arrow. The show has been an amazing experience so far. Having the opportunity to be a part of a show that means so much to its fans and coming onto that show at such a crucial moment, has been an incredibly exciting experience. I can’t wait for people to see this next season; we’re pulling out all the stops.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
Honestly, most of my downtime is spent trying to work on and develop other projects. I love this industry, and I love being creative. So, I’m constantly looking for ways to scratch that creative itch. Whether it’s coming up with ideas for a thriller, or building the world of a new animated series, I just want to create.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
I’m constantly trying new restaurants, so it’s hard for me to pin down a favorite. I think the types of places I typically end up enjoying the most fall under these categories: steakhouses, seafood, sushi, and Mexican food.
What types of dishes do you usually order?
If I had to narrow it down, I say Surf & Turf would be what I get most often. A good steak with shrimp or lobster is hard to beat. A close second would be Lamb chops medium rare and seared to perfection. Third, would probably be shrimp tacos.”
Do you cook?
My cooking expertise extends solely to breakfast and barbecues. I can make eggs, bacon, pancakes, or grill any kind of meat. But if you asked me to bake a cake or boil some pasta or something, I might burn the entire kitchen down.
What types of drinks do you order when out?
A nice cold beer, but I am a sucker for a good red wine with a nice steak, or a margarita on the right night.
Do you prepare drinks at home?
Of course, I’ve been known to entertain friends and colleagues when I’m not too busy with work or writing.
Do you own a home bar?
Oh, I wish, unfortunately, I must travel all the time for work so, I’ve never had the chance to sit down and cultivate a well-stocked home bar.
If you did, what would it be like?
If I had my own home bar, it would be decked out with all the trimmings: shakers, strainers, mixing glasses, bitters, sweeteners, darks, lights. The works!
What is your favorite cocktail?
Most of the time, I’ll just drink beer, wine, or tequila. I’ve been known to get fancy on occasion, but I typically keep it pretty simple most weekends.
Have you ever been a bartender?
I’ve never been a bartender, but I have a good deal of friends who have been, and let me tell you, their skills are on point. Maybe when I do finally stock up that home bar, I’ll have one of them help me master some crazy cocktails.