Actor Benjamin Patterson


By Taroue Brooks

How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

I got my start in the entertainment industry through modeling and doing commercial work. 

Tell us about your training.

My training as an actor is not typical but I have studied with a number of really amazing coaches. The best “training” for me is simply being on set working. 

How has your role on “Greenleaf” impacted your career?

The role of Noah has really taught me to really trust myself and my creative imagination. Also it has really reinforced to idea to remain flexible. This project has definitely opened more doors and has also given me more recognition as an actor. 

Word on the street is that you have a special love for music. Tell us about it.

Yes I Love Music. Always have and always will.  I always have music playing when I am working, and I also write and compose my own original music. I have released two projects online (under the band name Sapphire Sky), and I’m going to be releasing my 3rd project under my name, in a few weeks. 

What is an ideal role you desire and why?

My ideal role is any role that is complex and has many layers because that’s how all people/characters really are. There is always something driving a character to do or not do something. It’s fun to take that challenge and bring it to life. 

How do you balance your work life and fatherhood?

I have an amazing family and I often take a few moments to realize how amazing my life is becoming. That feeling allows me to see how to keep it balanced. 

What advice would you give someone who desires to become an actor?

Decide that you ARE an actor, and that you ARE successful. Never fall into the cycle of “aspiring” and telling the world you are “Trying ” to be an actor. Keep focused and see yourself ALREADY the person you desire to be. 

Where would you like to see your career in the next five years?

In the next five years I will have an Oscar for best actor. 

In OWN’s new mega-church drama , Benjamin Patterson plays Noah Kendall, the head of security for the Greenleaf family and the keeper of their secrets.

His main jobs, Benjamin says, are to “make sure that everything is going smoothly, that everyone is safe and that things are being attended to.”

Additionally, there is romantic intrigue between Noah and one of Bishop James Greenleaf’s children. “My ex is the daughter of the Bishop and there is a certain amount of tension between us because, you know, we’ve grown up, we’ve kind of reconnected after some years of not really seeing each other and now I also have a fiancé, so it’s a little bit of a love triangle.”

Many of the family’s deepest secrets have been passed down to Noah. “I think the most interesting thing is that my father worked with the Greenleaf family and, as the heir to his work, I now have kind of inherited a lot of secrets that the family holds,” Benjamin says, “and as the season progresses, you’ll learn that there are some not-so-nice things that have happened that I’ve had to keep under wraps.”

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