Former University of Texas sprinter Trevante Rhodes returned to Austin last week to promote the movie “Moonlight,” and the American-Statesman’s Joe Gross sat down with him to talk about his acting career and what he misses most about the Capital City.
Rhodes was a sprinter on the Texas men’s track team and a member of the 400-meter relay team that placed third at the Big 12 championship in 2011. He also won a handful of 100-meter and 200-meter sprints at dual meets while he was on the team from 2008 to 2011.
According to Rhodes, he got into acting during his second-to-last semester in college.
“I took Intro to Theater to exhaust a degree requirement,” he told Gross.
While he was in the middle of the course, he was noticed by a casting director looking to populate a film.
“I am someone who will do anything twice,” Rhodes said. “So I took her card.” He showed it to his theater professor, who urged him to follow through.
“I went to the audition,” Rhodes said. “And I was terrible. But I knew that at some point I wanted the opportunity to be good at it.”
Rhodes misses Austin’s food and even name-called a couple of restaurants:
“Nothing’s better than Tex-Mex,” Rhodes said. “I’m in L.A., and it is not the same. We do not have Juan in a Million, which is where we would go after (track) practice on Sunday. We don’t have a Kolache Factory, either. I loved that place.”
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