Turns Out, Jaden Michael Was a Fan of Colin Kaepernick Way Before Snagging His Netflix Role

You know how the saying goes, never meet your heroes? Well, for Colin in Black & White star Jaden Michael, his experience portraying Colin Kaepernick wouldn’t have been complete if he didn’t have the chance to meet the former San Francisco 49ers player — let alone work with him. According to Michael, part of the audition process for the limited Netflix series was meeting Kaepernick face-to-face (via Zoom, that is) and he was more than thrilled to share a meeting with the man whom he has admired long before the series even developed.

“It was supposed to be 30 minutes and it ended up being an hour and a half because we just started talking about music, our childhoods, what it means to be Black in America,” Michael told Variety during an interview, referencing the first time he met Kaepernick. “I learned so much about him and how he came to this point where he is the legend he is today. I was so nervous. I really never fan out over people, but Colin is so much more than an athlete to me. It was nerve-racking but truly amazing and humbling.”

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