Jogia, 26, has migrated vast distances since his popular roles of Beck Oliver in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and Danny Desai in the ABC drama Twisted. The actor, writer, and director now plays the leading role on the STARZ comedy series Now Apocalypse (2019) and will appear in the upcoming reboot of Shaft (2019), as well as Zombieland: Double Tap (2019).
Is it true that when you moved to Los Angeles, you were given 6 months to land a role or you would’ve had to go back to school?
I like timelines and due dates. I think without a deadline that you really respect, you can’t get anything done. If I had come out here and sort of didn’t know exactly that I had 6 months to get this done, I think I may have mingled around here for a few years and maybe tried it. I need the pressure of something forthcoming to really kick it into gear.
Alongside acting, you’re a director, a musician, and a poet, with a book of poems, Mixed Feelings, coming out later this year. What is the appeal of poetry for you in a world of moving images and digital communication?
I’m glad that I direct and write and paint and do all the things that I do, because I don’t think I would feel nearly as fulfilled if I didn’t. As far as how appealing poetry is in a world of moving images and digital communication—pretty words and beautiful sentences will always be alluring. With all that use of words [on social media and texting] there is such a cheapness and impoverishment of pretty words and pretty language. I think the reason poetry is having a renaissance at the moment is because we are tired of boring words and people using words cheaply.
You play the lead role Ulysses in the STARZ series Now Apocalypse that takes a contemporary look at life and dating in Los Angeles. Does the world that the show portrays feel familiar to you?
I think it’s sort of wild, it’s such an insane show with so many different elements. It’s a show that is very much to my taste in terms of its cinematic elements and editing. Gregg Araki has been ahead of the curve about what young youth culture is about. He is an integral part of the energies and questions that were being asked in the ’90s that we’re living in now. He is such an integral part of discussions on gender fluidity and sexual fluidity and questions of the binary and labels and identities. The show really benefits from his well-informed look at [these topics].
Photographer: Carlos Serrao at Beauty and Photo.
Hair: Sheridan Ward using Orbie at Cloutier Remix.
Makeup: Kristin Hilton using Hourglass Cosmetics at The Wall Group.
Manicurist: Merrick Fisher using Chanel Le Vernis at Opus Beauty.
Photographed at Hubble Studio
Producer: Amy Ground.
Production Coordinator: Thalita Mangin.
Lighting Director: Ron Loepp.
Digital Tech: Damon Loble.
Cinematographer: Monica May.
Sound Design: Mey Chen.
Illustrator/ Collage Artist: Alice Isaac.
Assistant: Jacob Khan.
Grips: John Brunhold And Brian Beverly.
Electricians: Garrett Lara And Ernie Rosas.
Prop Designer: James Lear.
Prop Assistant: Wyndam Garnett.
Location: Hubble Studio, Los Angeles.
Post Production Stills: Rare Digital.