A Baker’s Dozen with Charles R. Rhoades, Jr., the Black Cap Savior
Charles R. Rhoades, Jr., portrays another of Negan’s unnamed Saviors. Since he always has on a black cap, he said he is identified by the black hat. If you watch closely, you can pick him out in scenes such as these.
The Black Cap Savior is sitting on the little blue car in the photo on the left and walking behind Aaron in the photo on the right.
The photo of him sitting on the car is also splashed across the pages of The Walking Dead magazine Season 7 Premier issue. You can see him in the “V” formed by Negan’s head and Lucille.
Since we know so little about this black-capped Savior, it was great to get to interview him and learn more about the actor who plays another mean, hateful Savior.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Minot, North Dakota, and I grew up mostly in Atlanta, Georgia.
How did you get into acting?
By accident. I submitted for my first project, not thinking I’d get anything, not knowing what to expect, totally forgot I had done it, got a call back a couple of months later and stuck with it since.
Was it always your dream to become an actor?
Not always. More like a passing “what if?” kind of thought. I didn’t even start taking it seriously until after doing it for about a year and a half.
What was your very first acting role?
I was the dancing guy by the keg during the beach scene in Magic Mike XXL. The director told me to never dance in public again.
How did you get the role of a Savior?
I caught the right casting notice at the right time.
Is it hard for a nice guy like you to play a mean Savior?
Not really. We all have a past full of experience we can draw from when we need to.
Did you do anything special to prepare for the role as one of the Saviors?
It’s mostly mental, and more like a constant process. For me, it’s about giving the best performance I can, no matter how many takes.
Were you a The Walking Dead fan before landing the role?
Only the show, I’ve not read the comic yet.
What has been your favorite acting role?
Probably my role on Containment. I got my first speaking role on the pilot of that show, and it really showed me just how not ready I was for something like being a cast member on anything. When I realized what had happened and how things with it played out, I was humbled, and that did more for my career than any other role I’ve had.
Who has been an inspiration to you in your life and acting career?
For life, Mario Van Peebles. For my career, Dan Radcliffe. Mario has made it and is more of a director of hit shows than anything, and Dan is just a great guy to work with and gets the same feelings I do every time I go on set. Anyone who gets to work with either of them should really feel privileged to be there.
Were there any funny or memorable behind the scene moments you experienced?
I don’t have a funny moment from The Walking Dead; they were always so professional. Probably the most memorable was this guy from The 5th Wave. He was such a screw-up that even the director was calling him Dipshit as a name. The guy responded to it, so they just kept with it. I think that was his first and last project.
Do you have any new acting roles in your future?
No spoilers 😉
Is there anything you can tell all us fans about yourself that we don’t know?
In real life, I’m a really boring person. Some people know I was an aviator in the Army. That’s a thing that’s never left me, so, to get my juices going in the morning, I have a mini stunt drone that I fly around the house first thing in the morning. Something about just flying something, anything, still excites me, so I do it every morning.
I don’t know whether I believe someone who looks like this in the photo below could ever be boring! Maybe we’ll just add modest to his list of virtues.
We’ve still got a long summer ahead of us before The Walking Dead returns in October on AMC. It’s nice to know they are all out there filming away now. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of the Black Cap Savior this Fall, along with all our other favorites and the ones we love to hate or hate to love. Hang on! They’ll be back soon!