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April 21, 2017

Quincy Fouse  

Actor Quincy Fouse (above) stands outside of Yats on College Avenue, one of three places he worked during his senior year at Broad Ripple Magnet
High School for the Arts and Humanities. Quincy held down three jobs to save money to move to California to pursue his acting dreams.
 
 
 
The first
thing you notice about Quincy Fouse is his infectious smile. Or, maybe, it’s
the perfectly coiffed — yet intentionally messy — voluminous afro.

 

No matter
which one catches your attention first, neither is as big as his passion for
acting. In fact, the 19 year old, who can been seen on the TV show “The
Goldbergs” and in the blockbuster film “Logan,” remembers the spark that first ignited
the fire within for the art form. It was about three years ago, while attending
an acting workshop for kids in Ohio. At the time, he was a junior at Broad
Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities.

 

“I did the
scene and by the time I looked up, I was crying,” said Quincy. “Then, I looked
at the rest of the kids in the workshop and they were feeling something, too.”

 

That was the
first time he had tried his hand at acting, and he was hooked! He also was
discovered. One phone call led to another and Quincy received an invitation
from a talent agency and management company to move to Los Angeles, Calif., to pursue
an acting career.

 

He put the
move on hold, temporarily.

 

“I told them
I wanted to finish my senior year of high school,” said Quincy. “While
finishing my senior year, I’d be able to work and make some money to actually move
out there.”

 

Quincy got
busy working three jobs — as an employee at Yats; teaching dance at Center for
Inquiry School 84; and doing massage therapy with his mom’s company, Tranquil Escapes
at Salon Lofts.Quincy Fouse on the Red Carpet during the "Logan" premiere

 

“I came out
with around $3,000. At 17 years old, that was the most money I’d ever had the
knowledge of one person having at one time,” said Quincy. “It was weird,
because I didn’t get to go through the phase of doing stupid stuff with three grand.”

 

As soon as
he graduated, Quincy bought his plane ticket and flew with his mom to LA. They
stayed with a cousin, and a few weeks
later, after Quincy’s 18th
birthday, his mom returned to Indianapolis to resume her business and take care
of his younger siblings.

 

Quincy was
on his own, but his time at Broad Ripple helped make the move a smooth
transition.

 

Back around
2012, during his early years in high school, Quincy was known for his musical
talents. He played the trumpet and could often be heard beatboxing around
school. He and his friends took their eclectic talents and formed a group.

 

“We started
out as an anti-bullying group. We called ourselves the Duck Squad because we
wanted to come up with the weirdest, most peculiar name and then go out and do
some dope stuff,” said Quincy.

 

Those antics
lead to a pivotal reference by Sheila McPherson, the mother of Shannon Brown (one
of Quincy’s friends). Both boys attended Nicholson Performing Arts Academy at
School 70 (now Edison School of the Arts School 47) during their elementary
years.

 

McPherson
also teaches at Edison School of the Arts. Her son, Shannon, is enjoying a
successful career of his own as an actor and
rising star, playing young Lucious
Lyon on the hit FOX TV show “Empire,” among other roles.

 

It was McPherson
who recommended Quincy attend the acting workshop in Ohio. 

 

Fast forward
a few years and Quincy is quickly making a name for himself in the business. He
landed a role in the Disney Channel show “K.C. Undercover.” The episode didn’t
get picked up, but after a few other small roles, Quincy made the cast of “The
Goldbergs,” a family sitcom on ABC. He plays the recurring role of Taz Money, a
good friend of the lead character, Adam.

 

“He’s doing
high school and started off as a cool kid, but now that he’s hanging out with
Adam he realizes, on the first day of freshman year, that he got clumped in
with them. So, he’s on the fence of being a cool kid and a lame kid. But, I
don’t think he really cares,” said Quincy about his character on “The
Goldbergs.”

 

Securing a
TV series is a dream come true, but Quincy’s career recently hit a high point
when he was cast as Nate Munson in “Logan,” a box office hit starring Hugh
Jackman, Patrick Stewart and other big-name actors. 

 

“I am
fulfilled. If I died tomorrow, I could say I went out for everything I wanted,”
he said.

 

Quincy gives
a lot of the credit for shaping him into the actor he is today to his high
school theater teacher and first acting coach, Charla Booth.

 

“Ms. Booth
threw me through the ringer because I had never had anyone help me memorize
lines. I remember spending hours with Ms. Booth drilling me,” he said. “At the
time, it was grueling work, but now that I’m out in the business, I don’t have
to spend too much time memorizing lines anymore. I have Ms. Booth to thank for
that.”

 

Quincy
recently returned to his alma mater to pay it forward. 

 

“I went to a
theater class (at Broad Ripple) and talked to the kids. I told them my story
and we started doing some acting exercises. Those kids have some powerful stuff
going on,” he said.

 

Although
still early in his career, Quincy has already gleaned valuable advice that he’d
share with others following in his footsteps.

 

“I’d tell
them to really take the time and pay attention to how this makes you feel — what
your purpose is for liking this, because that spark that happened for me in
Ohio is not because of the money or the fame. When I finished my part, I felt
purpose come from doing that scene, and I realized that I loved acting,” said
Quincy.