David from ‘The Convention Junkies’ attends CAPE 2018 and interviews the engaging Jayson Warner Smith — ‘Gavin’ in the hit AMC series, “The Walking Dead” and ‘Wendall Jelks’ in the acclaimed Netflix series, “Rectify” — who discusses his career, his acting methodology, living in Atlanta and meeting fans at conventions.
Atlanta native Jayson Warner Smith is an actor in film, television and theatre. He started in theatre at age nine and since that time, Jayson has been in a play a TV show or a film every year of his life. “It’s just always been what I was best at and what I really loved to do.” “Nothing made me happier than collaborating with other artists to create something new.”
Early on, performing mostly in theatre, Jayson amassed quite a resume of roles but in 2010 he finally scored a larger supporting role in a Hollywood film; the 2011 released remake of Footloose. Yes, there’s a remake of Footloose. This role marked the beginning of a new chapter in Jayson’s love of acting. Since then he has performed supporting and leading roles in films and TV shows such as, Anchorman II, The Vampire Diaries, 99 Homes, Mississippi Grind, 42, Fox TV’s Sleepy Hollow, Amazon’s One Mississippi and CBS’ NCIS:New Orleans.
In addition to those credits, Jayson is best known for his portrayal of Gavin on AMC’s The Walking Dead for two seasons and his portrayal of the horrifyingly despicable death-row serial killer Wendall Jelks for two seasons on Sundance TV’s Rectify. These highly acclaimed shows and Jayson’s recurring roles have helped him move to the next level in the eyes of Hollywood’s story tellers.
Jayson has performed major supporting roles in, The Book of Love with Maisie Williams and Jason Sudeikis, Christine with Rebecca Hall and Michael C. Hall, The Birth of a Nation with Nate Parker and Armie Hammer, and American Made with Tom Cruise.
Atlanta remains his home and he lives in Sandy Springs with his wife Lisa. Jayson teaches acting at The Robert Mello Studio in Atlanta. He is repped by Alexander White Agency in Atlanta and Rothman Andrés Entertainment in Los Angeles.