Damon J. Gillespie: 5 Things To Know About The Breakout ‘Rise’ Star

Damon J. Gillespie: 5 Things To Know About The Breakout ‘Rise’ Star

Ready to meet your favorite new actor? Here’s what you need to know about Damon J. Gillespie, the star of ‘Rise’.

1.) Damon J. Gillespie is an actor, singer, dancer, acrobat, musician and playwright. Sounds like a lot, right? Well, you should see his resume! Not only is he trained in ballroom, ballet, jazz, and tap dancing, but he can also play the piano, bass, drums, bongos and congas. When he was 11 years old he realized he wanted to dabble in musical theatre, which led him to attending and graduating from Chattanooga High School Center for the Creative Arts and Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts. Not only is he extremely talented, but he’s educated!

2.) He now stars in NBC’s new musical show, ‘Rise‘. Damon plays Robbie Thorne, the high school’s star quarterback who gets cast in the school play. While that might sound familiar (ahem, Glee), Rise hopes to be extremely different. From the trailer alone you can tell it’s a bit darker with more drama and storyline than sudden outbursts of song. For starters, Robbie’s mom is very sick and while he’s caring for her he’s focusing on trying to get a scholarship to college. Another student struggles with coming out to his parents, a transgender student is adjusting to life as a boy, and the female lead, Auli’i Cravalho‘s Lilette is dealing with an unsupportive parent. The show premieres on Tuesday, March 13.

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