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Zahn McClarnon, Who Starred In “Reservation Dogs” And “Dark Winds,” Recalled Sneaking Into Blossom Music Center As A Youngster

Ohio’s CLEVELAND — Zahn McClarnon, a seasoned character actor, is currently playing a lot of police officers.

The comical officer Big is back in FX’s “Reservation Dogs,” which returns for its second season on August 3, in addition to wearing the badge in AMC’s recent crime thriller “Dark Winds.”

With a 98 percent Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the critically acclaimed “Reservation Dogs” is a box office hit. It was co-written by Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and co-created by Sterlin Harjo (“Love and Fury,” “Barking Water,” “Four Sheets to the Wind,” and “Thor: Love and Thunder”).

A milestone in Native American depiction on television, the half-hour comedy follows the exploits of native youths in rural Oklahoma. The show’s writers, directors, and regulars are all native people.

Recently, McClarnon and I had a chance to speak with him and learn more about his hectic schedule, his fond recollections of Blossom Music Center, and the current state of indigenous representation in media.

Hello Zahn, and congratulations on your great success. Have you ever been to Northeast Ohio before we talk “Reservation Dogs”?

Yes, I spent two years there. We relocated to Northampton Township, which is now Cuyahoga Falls, when Virginia Kendall/Cuyahoga Valley National Park opened in 1977 and 1978 because my father worked for the National Park Service. Blossom Music Center was right across the street from where I resided. In fact, I visited there again last summer to see old friends. My residence was Peninsula.

Wow. Did you watch any noteworthy shows back then?

Many. I saw Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and Andy Gibb when I was just 11 or 12 years old, which was still very young. The big shows I can recall were those. It excelled. We used to scale the fence and enter covertly through the woods. Several times, I was maced.

That scene reminds me of “Reservation Dogs,” a groundbreaking television series about Native American living that debuted last year.

For native representation in TV and cinema, this is a particularly special time. I’ve been doing this for a while, and it’s fantastic to be a part of it now with all that is happening. Finally, we are able to narrate our own tales. The two other Native-run, -directed, and -written shows now airing on Peacock and AMC, “Rutherford Falls” and “Dark Winds,” are also well-liked. We intend to keep taking those barriers down.

Zahn McClarnon, Who Starred In "Reservation Dogs" And "Dark Winds," Recalled Sneaking Into Blossom Music Center As A Youngster

There was a Native American character in Prime’s “Under Banner of Heaven,” which you may also include.

Yes, Gil Birmingham, a close friend of mine, is a guest on that program.

Did you notice that “Reservation Dogs” was a unique show from the beginning?

I’ve probably known Sterlin for ten years at this point. Both he and Taika are obviously talented individuals. The 1491s, a small Native comedic group that performed on YouTube, belonged to Sterlin. I predicted he would take action when I first watched those films, and sure enough, he has. He used all of his pals in those recordings and turned it into a television show. I just think it’s fantastic that people are now able to recognize us as human beings and three-dimensional characters on television. Because we’ve been kind of pigeonholed by these tiny clichés and preconceptions for decades, people are seeing various sides of the culture they’ve never seen before. For us, this is a beautiful time.

ALSO READ: Dark Winds Season 2 Release Date: Confirmation on Renewal or Cancellation!

Teenagers trying to leave their reservation and migrate to California for a brighter future are the main characters in “Reservation Dogs.” That story must ring true because that’s exactly what you did when you were their age.

Many of these young children never leave the reservation, and some towns are rather remote. They reside on the reserve their entire lives. When two young characters in a drama want to leave for California to escape, I can relate to them. When I was pretty young, I used to do it. I was living in Nebraska at the age of 18 and frequently traveled to the reservation. Both on and off the reserve, I grew up. I could absolutely identify with those individuals because I always yearned to leave these small places in the Midwest and head to the west and California to follow my aspirations.

Congratulations on “Dark Winds” getting a second season as well.

I was ecstatic to get that information. It was an opportunity to win big on a TV program. Working with (executive producers) Robert Redford and George R. Martin was an opportunity I jumped upon. I think the show is terrific, and we are eager to film the second season. Furthermore, I’m honored to be a member of “Reservation Dogs.” Despite the fact that they are both reservation cops, I get to work with my buddies and all of the kids while exploring an entirely new opposite character.

ALSO READ: The Creators of ‘Dark Winds’ Analyze the Tenuous Season Finale 

You recently entered the MCU with Disney+’s “Hawkeye” and spin-off “Echo,” and you also recently appeared in the fourth season of HBO’s “Westworld.”

Though I’m not a very well-known character in the Marvel universe, I never imagined myself to be a part of it. But we actors have been doing this for years. I’ve finally started to get busy, so I seize these chances.

This seems to be Zahn’s heyday, judging by how quickly your IMDB page is growing.

Yes, everything is going fine. I have a lot of luck.

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Zahn McClarnon, Who Starred In “Reservation Dogs” And “Dark Winds,” Recalled Sneaking Into Blossom Music Center As A Youngster

Ohio’s CLEVELAND — Zahn McClarnon, a seasoned character actor, is currently playing a lot of police officers.

The comical officer Big is back in FX’s “Reservation Dogs,” which returns for its second season on August 3, in addition to wearing the badge in AMC’s recent crime thriller “Dark Winds.”

With a 98 percent Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the critically acclaimed “Reservation Dogs” is a box office hit. It was co-written by Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and co-created by Sterlin Harjo (“Love and Fury,” “Barking Water,” “Four Sheets to the Wind,” and “Thor: Love and Thunder”).

A milestone in Native American depiction on television, the half-hour comedy follows the exploits of native youths in rural Oklahoma. The show’s writers, directors, and regulars are all native people.

Recently, McClarnon and I had a chance to speak with him and learn more about his hectic schedule, his fond recollections of Blossom Music Center, and the current state of indigenous representation in media.

Hello Zahn, and congratulations on your great success. Have you ever been to Northeast Ohio before we talk “Reservation Dogs”?

Yes, I spent two years there. We relocated to Northampton Township, which is now Cuyahoga Falls, when Virginia Kendall/Cuyahoga Valley National Park opened in 1977 and 1978 because my father worked for the National Park Service. Blossom Music Center was right across the street from where I resided. In fact, I visited there again last summer to see old friends. My residence was Peninsula.

Wow. Did you watch any noteworthy shows back then?

Many. I saw Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and Andy Gibb when I was just 11 or 12 years old, which was still very young. The big shows I can recall were those. It excelled. We used to scale the fence and enter covertly through the woods. Several times, I was maced.

That scene reminds me of “Reservation Dogs,” a groundbreaking television series about Native American living that debuted last year.

For native representation in TV and cinema, this is a particularly special time. I’ve been doing this for a while, and it’s fantastic to be a part of it now with all that is happening. Finally, we are able to narrate our own tales. The two other Native-run, -directed, and -written shows now airing on Peacock and AMC, “Rutherford Falls” and “Dark Winds,” are also well-liked. We intend to keep taking those barriers down.

Zahn McClarnon, Who Starred In "Reservation Dogs" And "Dark Winds," Recalled Sneaking Into Blossom Music Center As A Youngster

There was a Native American character in Prime’s “Under Banner of Heaven,” which you may also include.

Yes, Gil Birmingham, a close friend of mine, is a guest on that program.

Did you notice that “Reservation Dogs” was a unique show from the beginning?

I’ve probably known Sterlin for ten years at this point. Both he and Taika are obviously talented individuals. The 1491s, a small Native comedic group that performed on YouTube, belonged to Sterlin. I predicted he would take action when I first watched those films, and sure enough, he has. He used all of his pals in those recordings and turned it into a television show. I just think it’s fantastic that people are now able to recognize us as human beings and three-dimensional characters on television. Because we’ve been kind of pigeonholed by these tiny clichés and preconceptions for decades, people are seeing various sides of the culture they’ve never seen before. For us, this is a beautiful time.

ALSO READ: Dark Winds Season 2 Release Date: Confirmation on Renewal or Cancellation!

Teenagers trying to leave their reservation and migrate to California for a brighter future are the main characters in “Reservation Dogs.” That story must ring true because that’s exactly what you did when you were their age.

Many of these young children never leave the reservation, and some towns are rather remote. They reside on the reserve their entire lives. When two young characters in a drama want to leave for California to escape, I can relate to them. When I was pretty young, I used to do it. I was living in Nebraska at the age of 18 and frequently traveled to the reservation. Both on and off the reserve, I grew up. I could absolutely identify with those individuals because I always yearned to leave these small places in the Midwest and head to the west and California to follow my aspirations.

Congratulations on “Dark Winds” getting a second season as well.

I was ecstatic to get that information. It was an opportunity to win big on a TV program. Working with (executive producers) Robert Redford and George R. Martin was an opportunity I jumped upon. I think the show is terrific, and we are eager to film the second season. Furthermore, I’m honored to be a member of “Reservation Dogs.” Despite the fact that they are both reservation cops, I get to work with my buddies and all of the kids while exploring an entirely new opposite character.

ALSO READ: The Creators of ‘Dark Winds’ Analyze the Tenuous Season Finale 

You recently entered the MCU with Disney+’s “Hawkeye” and spin-off “Echo,” and you also recently appeared in the fourth season of HBO’s “Westworld.”

Though I’m not a very well-known character in the Marvel universe, I never imagined myself to be a part of it. But we actors have been doing this for years. I’ve finally started to get busy, so I seize these chances.

This seems to be Zahn’s heyday, judging by how quickly your IMDB page is growing.

Yes, everything is going fine. I have a lot of luck.

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