American actor Henderson Wade tells us what’s it like to be part of a DC Comics adaptation.
After building up his acting career over the past decade, Henderson Wade once again finds himself in a popular TV series. This time, it’s playing as Lieutenant Matthew “Matt” Cable on DC Universe’s “Swamp Thing.” This is not the first time Wade played a role as a police figure, as you may have noticed him playing as Sheriff Michael Minetta on Netflix’s “Riverdale.” While Wade’s TV roles is what’s getting him the most attention, he has quite a few theater shows under his belt as well. Recently, DA MAN got to chat with the charismatic actor.
DA: Hi, Henderson, awesome to have you here with us. How are you?
HW: I honestly can’t complain. I’m wrapping up a few episodes of the final season of “Dear White People” for Netflix as we speak. Whenever I’m not shooting, it’s Daddy Day Care to my infant daughter. Aside from the lack of sleep, I’m one of the lucky ones.
DA MAN: We can’t help but notice the “He’s like a chocolate George Clooney with a caramel Gosling center” quote on your Instagram bio. What’s the story behind that quote?
Henderson Wade: DJ Nash, the creator of “A Million Little Things,” told me he personally wrote that line when he found out I had been cast for the role of Hunter. Until another writers’ room tops it, it stays.
DA: And are you a fan of both George Clooney and Ryan Gosling?
HW: Of course. I’ve got two eyes and a heart, don’t I?
DA: Tell us about your earliest days when you discovered your love for acting…
HW: Acting was an unexpected surprise. A professor in college told me I should consider taking it seriously after I taped myself doing the Smurfette monologue from “Donnie Darko” for a group project. That plus a visit to L.A. the summer of my junior year sealed the deal.
DA: Tell us about your latest role, Matt Cable on DC Universe’s “Swamp Thing”…
HW: When the show picks up, Matt’s world is intact but you’ll see him unravel with each episode. He’s an all-around good guy—good son, good friend, good cop—but he does a bad thing and spends the rest of the season paying for it. Oh, and there’s a monster in the swamp for him to deal with while all this is happening.
DA: What can fans of the original show expect from this new iteration of “Swamp Thing”?
HW: From top to bottom, we all busted our ass to do Alan Moore’s original vision for “Swamp Thing” justice. It’s a horror anthology Trojan Horsed as a superhero show. Add a dash of small-town melodrama and it’s the perfect recipe for the best show you’re not watching.
DA: And what are your hopes fans take away from the series?
HW: “Swamp Thing” is such a huge show. From the working swamp set to the suit itself, production gave us actors the best sandbox ever to play to our imagination. My only hope is that fans have as much fun watching it as we did making it.
DA: Any memorable moments from the sets of “Swamp Thing” that you can share with us?
HW: I’ll never forget the first day on set with Derek [Mears] in costume. I stayed up late to watch the original USA series and here I was about to get my ass kicked by Swamp Thing himself. The Blockbuster kid in me fanboyed hard.
DA: And what are your hopes for the new year?
HW: To be the best father I can and keep busy. The more I work the less you have to look for me and I plan on being very easy to find in 2021.
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