Q&A: Mitchell Hoog Has A Big Year Ahead

Q&A: Mitchell Hoog Has A Big Year Ahead

Q&A: Mitchell Hoog Has A Big Year Ahead

The time is now to catch up on Mitchell Hoog, the new actor ready to blast off.

The time is now to catch up on Mitchell Hoog, the new actor ready to blast off.

Photography: Ashton Do

Styling: Luca Galasso

Text: Julian Wright

Mitchell Hoog has already embarked on his busiest year yet. You might not know him yet, but he’s making big moves that will cause quite a blip on your pop culture radar. With one major movie under his belt, Hoog isn’t stopping there. He starred alongside Cynthia Erivo and Janelle Monae in their movie Harriet, based on the story of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, set to release later this year. Oh, and he’s off to film another movie this week. Hoog isn’t taking any breaks – he’s smart, diligent and set to make an impact. He’s amping up to be a present force in Hollywood, and it’s time for us to pay attention.

V sat down with him and gathered everything you need to know.

What got you into acting?

I was a snowboarder on a competitive team in Colorado and was pursing it with everything I had, but I kept getting hurt and having concussions, so the doctor told me I had to stop. That hit hard. I started searching for something spiritual and tangible to get my hands on, to fill that void once I stopped snowboarding. I’ve always been a big reader and very curious about many things. My cousin, who is an actor, told me I should try acting. I went out to Los Angeles and met with his agent. I returned to Colorado to train at a Studio called AEC and for almost 4 years now it’s been my life.

You were a top snowboarder in Colorado before you began acting – do you still hit the slopes?

Not really, probably under 5 times a year sadly. With my schedule being what it is and with traveling as much as I do, it just doesn't allow me to snowboard as much as I would like or as much as I did.

You are currently in the process of getting a non-profit off the ground, what inspired you to dedicate yourself to service and seek to start one?

I’m grateful to have been raised in a stable household and was taught by my parents to try to help those whose  struggles were greater than mine. It’s out of true empathy for people who then and now don't get the opportunities that I did and still do.

What kinds of projects are you drawn to?

I am drawn to projects that answer a question or tell a story of truth that can inspire or change the perception of the audience members watching it. I think film is a beautiful way to tell history and also a beautiful way to help others see truth or dare to live out fantasies for a few quiet hours. There is a lot of content out there for the sake of content and at the end of the day, that kind of content is hurting people more than helping. I think movies illuminate how we live and can give hope to someone who needs it.

“Walk. Ride. Rodeo.” tells a true story about Amberley Snyder, who defied all odds by becoming a nationally ranked rodeo rider after a paralyzing car accident. How did it feel to be a part of telling her story?

It was a blessing. Words can't say how special she is and how resilient she had to be. It was amazing to have Amberley along with her family on set with us.  As soon as I read the story, I could relate to it. I have a cousin who is a quadriplegic due to a Jeeping accident. I also know how hard it is on a family and community, and its remarkable what Amberley did and still does to this day. It’s a story very close to my heart.

What was it like for you working alongside such big names, like your Harriet co-stars, Cynthia Erivo and Janelle Monae?

Empowering. To see people who are 120% indulged into an art form for all the right reasons is the most inspiring thing for me to see, but even more inspiring when it’s right in front of me like that!

You’re a busy person, but what do you do in your free time?

I read and meditate a lot. My life is going very fast at this point and those seem to be the only two things that slow it down. I also hangout with friends and family, the ones close to me who ground me.

What’s your favorite book you’ve read in the last year and why?

That’s a tough question. Probably OPEN by Andre Agassi. That book blew my mind and his life has so many lessons that we all can learn from.

What’s been your most surreal industry moment so far?

Honestly, I don't think I can pinpoint one. My favorite recurring moments are always the plane rides after finishing a project. Usually they are at the end of the day or early in the morning, it’s the best feeling to work hard and have that moment of complete gratitude every time.

What are your goals for 2019?

Can't say, you'll have to see.

Mitchell wears shirt, jacket, and pants by Tods with stylist's own hat and personal shoes, belt, necklace.
Credits:
Video: Shayan Asadi and Ashton Do, Photo: Ashton Do, Fashion: Luca Galasso, Talent: Mitchell Hoog at FORD Models, Hair: David Colvin at The Wall Group using Bumble and Bumble, Makeup: Robert Reyes at MAM-NYC using Lab Series Skincare, Manicure: Riwako Kobayashi using Chanel Le Vernis, Production: FORDcaptures, Location: Jack Studios

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