NEXT JENERATION NOW:
BY: Jennifer Le
Edited By: Jennifer Le
PHOTOS BY: Marin Hamataj
"In the business there are not a lot of black actors...
so I can identify with that (Randall Pearson, This Is Us)"
As I was waiting for Niles to come to the studio, I was anxious to speak with this young actor who already has a well-rounded repertoire. When he entered, I was greeted with a warm smile and demeanor that is years beyond his young age. There are two types of young actors I've encountered: they're either just that or walk in feeling like they're above it all. Needless to say, I was pleasantly pleased to find a humble, cool and talented person sitting next to me.
Entering into the TV and Film industry can be rewarding yet
challenging but for 18 years old, Niles Fitch, it's been the latter.
Starting in the business since he was a toddler, Niles'
career began in various commercials and on shows
like Tyler Perry's "House of Payne", and "Army Wives".
His drive to create a name for himself and build his
acting resume lead him to join the cast of NBC's hit
show, "This Is Us" where he plays the younger Randall
Pearson (played by Sterling K. Brown). The current
episodes leave young Randall battling with his racial
identity while being part of a blended family. Niles
preparation for the controversial storyline is derived
from his own personal experience as a young black
teen who grew up in the South (Atlanta, GA).
His Atlanta roots run deep and though he's based in
Los Angeles now, he still cheers for his home sports
Next Jeneration: How did you prepare for the role of playing Sterling K. Brown younger self, Randall?
Niles Fitch: To prepare for the character, the writers made it easy. The writing is so good that I’m just seemingly able to become Randall.
His next big project is Miss Virginia, co-starring alongside Uzo Aduba who played the lovable character "Crazy Eyes" on Orange Is The New Black. The film is based on the struggles of a parent fight to get funding for her child to attend a prestigious school while having to battle major racial obstacles to make it happen.
Niles career is only on the rise from here on and out and factor in him playing a prince in Disney Plus' upcoming film, Secret Society of Second Born Royals, releasing in 2020, Hollywood will surely come calling even more.