Delpaneaux Wills (pronounced Del-pawn-o) is a U.S. citizen of African and Latin descent. He was raised in Sierra Leone, West Coast Africa. In 2009, Delpaneaux was Seneca Keflezi an African track star in the Lifetime Original Film “Chasing a Dream“. Delpaneaux has also appeared on T.V in “The E-Ring“, “Las Vegas“, “The L-Word“, and “General Hospital“. His film work includes a lead role in the Lionsgate’s “Darktown“, the Sci-fi film “Sand Sharks“, and the faith-based film “Do You Believe?“
While attending Whittier College, you became involved in the theater program. What was it about acting that caught your interest?
Delpaneaux: While at Whittier College, I had a friend that was in the theater program. Even though I was pre-med and playing football, there was something about theater that caught my eye. I went to one of my friend’s performances and I was intrigued on how one could transform themselves into something so powerful and unique yet that person was so quiet and meager on campus. I auditioned for some plays there, but I never got a part. I ended up volunteering to help build stages and work the concession stand, so I could see the plays for free. By watching plays and learning, I started to do theater outside of Whittier. I started to do a lot of regional theater around LA. I got the chance to do Shakespeare, because of Whittier College
We understand you will be in an upcoming episode of Criminal Minds, it's a great show. What can you tell us about the role you play in the episode?
Delpaneaux: On the show Criminal Minds, I play the role of Agent Darryl Young. I am the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) Correspondent in Los Angeles when the team comes into town to investigate a murder. My job is to work locally and provide information for the team. My episode of Criminal Minds will air on 10/7 on CBS. The name of my episode is “THE WITNESS”.
Will this be a re-occurring character fans can look forward to seeing on more episodes of Criminal Minds?
Delpaneaux: Well, I hope so. I hope my character, Agent Young, gets the opportunity to work with the BAU team again. They can either come back out to LA or Agent Young can go to QUANTICO. Another option is if Agent Young gets to work with Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
A film project you are a part of is called The Other Tribes, which explores the dangers of tribalism in Africa. Was the topic of tribalism a familiar one to you prior to your involvement in the film?
Delpaneaux: Yes. Tribalism was familiar to me before I started to film The Other Tribes. Even though The Other Tribes is about tribalism in Kenya, between the Kikuyu and Luo. Tribalism is prevalent all over. I lived in Sierra Leone, West Coast Africa and tribalism takes place there as well. The film just won an award, an African NAFCA for best docudrama. We are proud of the film and the recognition it is receiving. I was nominated as well for the most promising actor, although I did not get it, another actress in my movie, Clarice Otieno received the award.
There is an element of "star crossed lovers" in The Other Tribes as well. Do you feel the story is more effective when it explores plot issues involving love?
Delpaneaux: Yes, the story is more effective when it deals with love. In this case, the story of star-crossed lovers is a topic that most people can relate too. Lots of people have fallen in love with someone who their parents did not approve of. But, you know what?.... sometimes that approval of your parents does not matter as much as what the heart wants. In this case, the lovers in THE OTHER TRIBES are basically the same people, but just lived in a different area.
You've just been cast in an upcoming sci-fi film called, Watch The Sky. What can you tell us about that project?
Delpaneaux: Watch The Sky is a Sci-Fi family friendly film about two brothers, who are doing a science experiment and discover aliens. The story takes place in a small town in the mid-west. I play the role of Cpl. Carpio, a member of the military division dispatched by the Army to take care of the alien problem.
You have a busy schedule, what other projects do you have in the works that you can tell our readers about?
Delpaneaux: There are three additional; I also will be appearing in an episode of AGENT X, the TNT show starring Sharon Stone. Look out for Agent X around 11/8. I just finished working on DEAD MAN RISING, which is a faith-based film. I play a medical examiner, which administers the lethal injections to death row inmates. Lastly, I have also filmed a pilot called THE WHITE SISTERS and play a love interest of the main character in her hometown.
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