Being a part of Graceland has its perks. Brandon Jay McLaren gets to spend half the year in Miami shooting the USA crime-fighting drama. The handsome Canadian plays hot-tempered immigrations and customs agent Dale “DJ” Jakes on the Wednesday night series that follows a group of undercover agents who live together in a confiscated (supposed to be Southern California) beach house known as Graceland. The season two finale airs Sept. 10.
How would you describe your character?
Jakes is a straightforward guy, real, and at times a bit surly. He is a pretty amazing character to have the opportunity to play. He started the season with high hopes in having a new relationship with his son. It definitely changed who he is at his core, he started to become a fun-loving, affable guy. Both those hopes were quickly dashed, and he went from wanting to leave the house, to needing Graceland more than anyone else.
Can you name some local places where you’ve filmed?
We have filmed in Wynwood a handful of times, not too far from Panther Coffee. We shoot a lot at Miami Dade College too. Season one was getting to know Miami, but now, especially with season two, it has become my primary residence, which is really cool. It is such a wonderfully diverse city, and it is great how the citizens have embraced us, and the show.
If you weren’t acting what would you be doing?
I would probably be desperately trying to be an actor!