Shad Moss CSI: Cyber interview

The latest spin-off from CSI is hitting Channel 5 next month and we’re anticipating big things for CSI: Cyber, see what Shad Moss (Bow Wow) has to say about the series.

Wondering what’s going to be so new about another CSI series? As opposed to the forensic investigations seen on CSI, Miami and New York this series will investigate cyber crimes.

Shad Moss, is starring alongside Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek in the series which follows an elite team of FBI Special Agents tasked with investigating cyber crimes in North America. The team, based out of Quantico, work together under Avery Ryan (Arquette), to solve internet-related murders, cyber-theft, hacking, sexual offences, blackmail and any other crime deemed to be cyber-related within the FBI’s jurisdiction.

Moss is best known as Bow Wow (Lil’ Bow Wow) but back in June 2014 he made an announcement through Instagram that he was going to go by his real name, Shad Moss, claiming it was time for the next chapter and challenge. Whilst he’s been acting for a long time, this is his first role under his Shad Moss name, find out what he has to say about the series.

Shad Moss talks about CSI: Cyber

Shad Moss
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How did Executive Producer Anthony Zuiker approach you for the role?

I got on the phone with Anthony and we talked, and we talked, and he gave me some tips, and the next thing you know, he said, ‘hey, you know the sides, do your thing’. And I was actually filming my show, 106 & Park, and between takes, I was auditioning, putting myself on a self-tape.

And I did it right on my MacBook, right on iMovie, and sent it right back to him. And he saw it,played it for the network, and they lost their mind, and they decided that day that, okay, he has it.

What does it feel like to be working on this latest version of CSI?

It’s been a blessing, man, to know the history of CSI, to know the success of the brand, and to be a part of the family now, and to just carry on that torch, it feels great. It feels great.

Why will audiences connect with CSI: Cyber?

Anytime you do anything and it connects home with the audience, it’s a win-win. And that’s what’s so dynamic about this show is every episode, you will feel something from this in your daily life that you go through.

Who is Brody Nelson?

“Brody Nelson is a character that I play: smart dude, young, savvy, has a lot of swag, a lot of swag that is, can dress very well, as you guys can see. But no man, he’s just a very, very smart kid.

What is Brody Nelson’s relationship with his boss Avery Ryan like?

The relation between Nelson and Avery is quite unique. Avery is almost I would say like a mom, so to speak, to Brody in a way because of her relationship with first black cat that she hired, Toby. She’s basically dealing with round two of that except I won’t cross her, as of now because this season – we don’t know what’s going to happen in Season 3, 4, 5, but as of right now it’s a mutual respect thing.

What is it like working with Patricia Arquette?

It’s a pleasure working with Patricia. She’s so sweet and I have nothing but great things to say about her. You know, she’s killing it right now man.

How would you describe the pace of the show?

On your toes, every episode, on your toes. You don’t know when it’s coming, or how fast. This room you see behind me, there’s hundreds of workers here who are filing in everyday, running around paperwork. It’s a madhouse, and we get in here in C-TOC and we start breaking things down on the screen, it really gets intense, so just be ready. Everything is, we’ve got to find it, we’ve got to find it. We’ve got to get it, we’ve got to get it, boom! You know, kick in the door. It’s fast paced and you have to pay attention.

What is your take on the amazing CSI: Cyber set?

For me when I saw it, I was just like, wow. Like, I get to work here every day. Like this is incredible. And I was ready to shoot. I was ready to go. I was ready.

What is the advantage in Avery Ryan being based on a real Cyber-psychologist?

I think it’s brilliant that Avery’s character is based off of a real life person because we want to give you what’s real. We want to rattle you a little bit. It’s perfect.

What is it like working with the main cast of the CSI: Cyber?

James Van Der Beek, that’s my boy. He’s the king of the leather jackets. I swear he comes through every morning and he has a new leather jacket on. That’s my boy. I have a lot of fun with James, Charley Koontz, my boy, you know, it’s his first ride. He definitely doesn’t feel like it, he’s so talented. I know America – not only just America, the world is going to love Charley when they get a glimpse of him playing Krumitz. Of course, Peter, how can you not like Peter? Emmy award winner. And the list goes on and on. So we have a wonderful cast. Hayley, of course. We have a wonderful group and we’re not just saying this because of business, we’re saying this because we really click outside of the office, outside of the workspace. We spend time on the set, we eat lunch with each other. We do those things so when we get on set and we run lines it’s just second nature. It’s just that’s what we do, and anytime we have a crew like that it’s dangerous in a good way.

How challenging is the dialogue?

Tech talk is tough, you know – break that down for the forensic analysis of the code, like, we do a lot of that talk. So you know, that was thrown at me on my second episode. I was just like, whoa. I just could not get the line out.

What is the biggest thing you have learned while playing Brody Nelson?

We’re going to tap into everything, everything that people do with technology in their daily life. Watching CSI: Cyber I guarantee you will learn something. I would love to see the number of people when they watch this that no longer keep their iPhones up. I guarantee I always keep my iPhone face down, with the camera face down all the time because you just never know.

Is Brody Nelson fun to play?

You get me being serious, but then you get me also doing what I do best: being the energetic ball, being funny, making America laugh, because you just can’t be serious for 30 minutes. You know, I mean you’ve got to have volume, and that’s what we’re bringing. I can’t wait for you to see this, man. It’s going to be a fun rollercoaster ride.

CSI: Cyber premieres on Channel 5 on October 6 at 10pm, launching with a double bill.