Our guest today on The Brett Allan Show is the amazingly talented Wilder Yari. They can be seen currently on the CW's retelling 4400" streaming now. Wilder shines as "Agent Jessica Tanner"! We discuss how they landed the role, early career starts, the importance of equal representation in Hollywood, favorite movies, independent projects, keys to success, their writing career and much more. Enjoy!
Our guest today on The Brett Allan Show is the amazingly talented Wilder Yari. They can be seen currently on the CW's retelling ,"4400" streaming now. We discuss how they landed the role, early career starts, the importance of equal representation in Hollywood, favorite movies, keys to success, their writing career and much more. Enjoy! The original aired on the USA Network, "THE 4400".
Wilder can next be seen in The CW’s highly anticipated sci-fi drama series, “4400,” a reimagining of the 2004 USA Network series. The new version follows 4400 overlooked, undervalued or otherwise marginalized people who vanished without a trace over the last hundred years and are all returned in an instant, having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them. As the government races to analyze the potential threat and contain the story, the 4400 themselves must grapple with the fact that they’ve been returned with a few…upgrades, and the increasing likelihood that they were all brought back for a specific reason. Wilder shines as Agent Jessica Tanner who is a part of the Department of Homeland Security and working on the investigation into the 4400.
She is dating Keisha (Ireon Roach), a parole officer who is also called in as part of the government response. Confident, good-hearted and a consummate professional at work, Jessica is glad to be working with Keisha and is baffled and uneasy about the sudden appearance of all these apparently "kidnapped" people.
Wilder was also recently seen on the second season of Showtime’s hit drama series “The L Word: Generation Q.” On the film side, they completed production on Kryzz Gautier’s (“Gordita Chronicles”) sci-fi short film, “Keep Delete,” release date TBA. In 2019, they starred in the dramedy short “Treacle” which premiered at the 2019 BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival and made the festival rounds over the next two years.
As a writer, Wilder recently channeled their experience as a descendent of the Iranian diaspora into their first full-length feature script, “neem-rooni,” which was selected as a semi-finalist for the Sundance Institute’s 2021 Creative Producing Lab. Wilder directed a short version of the script in spring 2021 and hopes to shoot the full-length version in 2022. Also on the directing front, they have directed music videos for a variety of artists including pop punk band Potty Mouth, folk duo Fawn, R&B artist Najeary, and their own band Poor Baby. Wilder has been recognized in outlets like Out, Refinery29 and NPR’s All Things Considered for their work in this area.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY in a multicultural family, Wilder discovered their love of acting while being enrolled in a community theater company as a child. They went on to study at and graduate from the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan. During their time in the BA program at Emerson College, Wilder was given the opportunity to explore directing and writing, and continued to expand on those skills after graduating and moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting full-time. Wilder identifies as non-binary and transgender.
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