Mitchell Slaggert never imagined himself in the entertainment industry.
The “Sex Lives of College Girls” newcomer opened up about his journey to acting from a strict military background with People.
“I come from a Southern, structured military family,” Slaggert recalled. “And when I was in high school, my mentor was getting me up at 4 a.m. to train me to be the next generation of soldier, because he was an old Special Forces guy.”
He continued along this path, even attempting to enlist after he graduated.
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“I enlisted in the Marine Corps right after high school, [but] I was unable to join because I lost a kidney in a car accident when I was 7,” revealed the actor.
With his military dreams at an end, he then spent a few years in college working towards what he assumed would be a traditional career path.
“I went to college for two years, then got scouted to be a model,” he said. “At first, I was like, ‘Eh, thank you. No, thank you.’ And long story short, I get a contract in the mail from DNA Models, and I’m like, ‘Oh, what is that?’ Two weeks after that, I’m doing Calvin Klein exclusive runway. And then, [there was] a big New York Times article [on me being] the new Calvin Klein guy.”
He then found an agent and started looking into acting, but before he got swept away he wanted to get a strong foundation in the art first.
“I’m like, ‘Hold up. I’m in over my head. So I took a step out,’” he explained. “I had to take a step back because I didn’t want to be known as a model–turned–actor with no chops. I took a step back, and I got a bunch of training. Now, I’m back on the scene.”
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The training paid off as Slaggert booked the role of Jackson in season 2 of Mindy Kaling’s “The Sex Lives of College Girls”.
As for what to expect in the new season, the actor promised a lot of excitement for viewers.
“It keeps you on your toes,” he shared. “Even when I was reading the script and I thought had a general idea of where my character was headed, I certainly didn’t see that one coming.”
Season 2 of “The Sex Lives of College Girls” released Thursday on HBO Max.