Next Gen

/Next Gen

Discussion Event

Next Gen

Friday May 4th - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Record North

The BFF adage “If They Can See It, They Can Be It” aims to effect change from a young age. These talented actors are the face of a generation of change, inclusion, diversity, and acceptance.

Speaker(s):

Jasmin Savoy Brown

Actress Jasmin Savoy Brown can currently be seen starring as 'Allison Adams' in the new Shondaland / ABC drama series "For The People". Brown is best known as 'Evie Murphy' in the critically acclaimed HBO’s drama series "The Leftovers”.

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (pronounced "beau-yer") is most recognizable for his portrayal of ambitious producer Jay in the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Lifetime series UNREAL, which is currently airing its third season. This spring, Bowyer-Chapman launched his own episodic conversational podcast series entitled JBC PRESENTS: CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHERS. In partnering with the producer of the hit podcast RUPAUL: WHAT’S THE TEE, he explores the concept of “otherness” and finding the strength and beauty in our differences and connectivity.

In 2016, the Hollywood Reporter declared Bowyer-Chapman one of Canada’s top rising stars. That year, he co-starred opposite Robert De Niro and Zac Efron in the comedy DIRTY GRANDPA and filmed the indie feature TAO OF SURFING, alongside Eric Balfour and Lou Diamond Phillips. In Spring 2017, he co-starred in the Lifetime original movie LOVE BY THE 10TH DATE, alongside Kelly Rowland and Meagan Good. To much fanfare, he also appeared as a guest judge on RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, a role in which he reprised earlier this year in the series’ ‘ALL STAR’ edition.

Bowyer-Chapman began his career as an international model before making his feature film debut in SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM, which premiered at the 2006 Outfest Film Festival. In 2012, he starred opposite Jussie Smollett in LOGO’s romantic comedy-drama THE SKINNY. Additional credits include his critically-acclaimed breakthrough performance in HBO’s DEAR MR. GACY, SyFy’s STARGATE UNIVERSE and the Nickelodeon animated series IRON MAN: ARMORED ADVENTURES, in which he voiced the role of the iconic superhero Black Panther.

Bowyer-Chapman is passionately involved with the Human Rights Campaign, for which he serves as a guest speaker. In 2016, he created the Bramon Garcia Braun (BGB) scholarship in his name, awarded to LGTBQ actors of color with a fierce desire to explore and express what is unique about them through their acting and the leadership and generosity to use their talent to change the industry’s often limited perception of humanity. Born and raised in Canada, Bowyer-Chapman currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Justin Prentice

Justin Prentice will return early this summer for the second season of Netflix’s “Thirteen Reasons Why”, based on the bestselling novel. “Thirteen Reasons Why” comes from 2016 Oscar-winning director, Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and is also directed by Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin) and Kyle Patrick Alvarez (The Stanford Prison Experiment). The show involved the drama enveloping a group of Northern California high school students beset by a tragedy in which they are all implicated. Described as the “Frat Boy Darth Vader”, Justin plays ‘Bryce Walker’, the twelfth person on Hannah’s list to receive the cassette tapes after Hannah commits suicide.

Justin is best known for his role as ‘Cash Gallagher’ in ABC’s “Malibu Country”. Justin can also be seen as Tyler in AMC’s “Preacher”. Past credits include Hulu’s “The Mindy Project”, MTV’s “Awkward,” The CW’s “iZombie,” ABC’s “Castle” and FOX’s “Glee.” Justin played supporting roles in independent films Some Kind of Hate (directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer) and Sex, Death and Bowling (directed by Ally Walker).

Justin hails from Nashville and moved to Hollywood in 2008 to pursue an acting career. In his free time, Justin enjoys playing guitar and piano, mountain biking and archery. Justin currently resides in Los Angeles.

Sara Vilkomerson

Sara Vilkomerson has been a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly since 2010. Her work has also appeared in Elle, Glamour, Instyle and Town & Country.