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Video: Trailer for Dayo Okeniyi’s American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire

August 17, 2015 | 1 Comment;
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Dayo Okeniyi has been one busy busy dude since his part in The Hunger Games. Before he was in Terminator Genisys he tried his hand at the horror genre.

From the press release:

If you’re like millions of THG fans, you mourned Thresh’s untimely death and figured you’d seen the last of him in the arena.  Well, fortunately for Dayo Okeniyi – the actor who portrayed the beloved character in the movie – he not only survived his big screen debut, but has since gone on to appear in a number of films, including this summer’s Terminator: Genisys!
But in addition to his supporting work in Hollywood blockbusters, Dayo can also currently be seen playing the lead role in the independent horror film American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire.  His performance as Bro – the reluctant hero amidst a collection of creeps and creatures – has been widely praised and even earned him a “Best Actor” nomination at the Shockfest Film Festival!
You can check out the trailer for the horror flick, released in June, and if it’s a movie in your wheelhouse you can find it on a variety of Video on Demand services (Amazon, Google Play, Vimeo, etc).

Photos: Dayo Okeniyi debuts ‘Terminator: Genisys’ in Los Angeles

June 29, 2015 | No Comments »
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Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh in The Hunger Games) attended the Los Angeles premiere of his latest project Terminator: Genisys last night!

The Hunger Games’ Dayo Okeniyi Talks Starring in ‘Terminator Genisys’

June 14, 2015 | No Comments »
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Our beloved District 11 tribute Day Okeniyi has graduated on to bigger and better roles! You can see him next in Terminator Genisys as Miles Dyson’s son, and he stopped to chant to Screen Rant a bit about the role and film!

In a recent interview with Blackfilm, Okeniyi – who fans of The Hunger Games will recognize as District 11 tribute Thresh – talks about his role, the movie’s various timelines, and how he fits into the overall plot.

When asked to describe Danny Dyson, Okeniyi said the following:

“Danny Dyson is the son of the great inventor, Miles Dyson, who is the CEO of Cyberdyne Systems and he creates the seed that will basically become Skynet. In our movie, Danny, who was a kid seen in ‘T2,’ is a lot older in the time that we jump into and on the cusp of taking the reins of his father’s position. He’s very ambitious and wants to create great technology for the future. He’s created this technology that he is unaware of but it’s the Trojan horse that creates the Terminator.”

As for the continuity-blending teased in the various trailers, Okeniyi confirms that Terminator Genisys takes place within multiple timelines, saying:

“The timeframe in which we see Danny Dyson is the present time. The movie has the past, the present, and the future.”

Read the full interview on ScreenRant

Jennifer Lawrence & Dayo Okeniyi Made The LA Times List Of 30 Actors Under 30 Who Matter

July 18, 2014 | No Comments »
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Jennifer Lawrence and Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh) made the LA Times list of 3o actors under 30 who matter! The list goes from youngest to oldest.


Jennifer Lawrence, 23

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Hit my radar as the Ozark Mountain teen defiantly searching for her dad in “Winter’s Bone” | Proved a keeper as an emotionally damaged woman opposite Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”  At 23, Jennifer Lawrence stands alone — with a lead actress Oscar on her shelf for “Silver Linings Playbook” and nominations for “American Hustle” and “Winter’s Bone.” She just topped Forbes’ most powerful actress list. And I’ll just throw in how well Lawrence plays on Fallon. That would be “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” which has quickly become its own influential proving ground, requiring even superstars to play games and play them well.
Dayo Okeniyi, 25

Hit my radar as the strong silent Thresh on “The Hunger Games,” protector of Rue, one of the many to fall. | Proved his staying power as the easygoing decent boyfriend of Brie Larson’s blond magnet in “The Spectacular Now”
See the full list HERE
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Vanity Fair names Dayo Okeniyi among Hollywood’s Next Wave

June 12, 2014 | No Comments »
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Vanity Fair has named a new list of up and comers, and included on the list is Dayo Okeniyi, who played Thresh in The Hunger Games (and was featured briefly in Catching Fire, as well.  Dayo has landed a big role in the upcoming Terminator film! Looks like he’s really going places. Congrats!

Check out the scan of Dayo, along with several of his peers from the list, below, and a behind-the-scenes video from the photo shoot, as well.


Source: Vanity Fair, photos by Miguel Riveriego
Scan: Teen Wolf Daily

Dayo Okeniyi Cast in ‘Terminator’

March 28, 2014 | No Comments »
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Dayo Okeniyi, best known to us as Thresh from The Hunger Games, has just been cast in the most recent installment of the Terminator franchise. He will be playing the son of Miles Dyson, who was one of the creators of Cyberdyne systems (if you don’t know what Cyberdyne is, I feel sorry for you).

He joins Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke, who had already signed on to the pic. Alan Taylor is directing.

Plot details have not been revealed, other than this is the first film in a standalone trilogy.

So congratulations Dayo! I’m looking forward to seeing him in Terminator.

Source: Variety

New Hunger Games Cast Films on DVD/BluRay: Carrie, Spectacular Now, The Butler

January 15, 2014 | No Comments »
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Several new titles hit shelves today that star various cast members from The Hunger Games series!


The Spectacular Now starring Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh in The Hunger Games) [BUY DVD]


Lee Daniels’ The Butler starring Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) [BUY DVD]


Carrie starring Julianne Moore (President Coin in Mockingjay) [BUY DVD]

‘Spectacular Now’ Star Dayo Okeniyi Talks Jennifer Lawrence, Beyonce and More!

January 14, 2014 | No Comments »
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Our District 11 tribute  Thresh, Dayo Okeniyi, has been doing well this past year after his success in The Hunger Games, and most recently starred in the successful The Spectacular Now alongside Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. Bustle stopped to have a chat with the dashing Dayo on all his success and his peers!

Born and raised in Nigera, Okeniyi attended Nigerian boarding school until high school, when he transferred to a “conservative” private school in Indiana. But unlike hisSpectacular Now character, Okeniyi was not an overachiever. “The older I get, I’m growing into my overachieverness,” Okeniyi told Bustle. “Back when I was 17 or 18, I definitely was not the Marcus of my school, believe me. I look up to Marcus a lot, he was the guy in high school who was just perfect at everything, sports, class president, all when you were scratching your head going, ‘What do I want to do with my life?’ When I found out that I wanted to be an actor, what I wanted to do, it brought out the overachiever in me.”

The Spectacular Now follows Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a hard-partying high school student whose priorities in life are challenged when he meets a quirky, “nice” girl, played by Divergent’s Shailene Woodley. Okeniyi’s casting in the James Ponsoldt directed indie film came after his first big — or should we say huge — break, a role in 2012’s The Hunger Games. Okeniyi played Thresh, the district 11 tribute who enters the games along side ill-fated Rue.

The Hunger Games was my first studio film,” said Okeniyi. “Outrageous — I know. I’ve been in LA for a year and a half and I’m still reeling. It was just perfect place, perfect timing. I moved to LA with the 20 year plan of not working at all, but things just kind of happened.”


While all of the tributes, except District’s 12 Katniss and Peeta eventually perish in the arena, it’s Thresh who dies second to last. But unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) the audience doesn’t get to see how Okeniyi’s character passes.

“Me and Alexander Ludwig [who played Cato] talk about this all the time,” said Okeniyi. “Because I remember on set, there was supposed to be a fight between the both of us in the movie, but we never ended up shooting that portion, so we talked for hours and hours and hours about what could of happened. There were so many possibilities, but according to Suzanne Collins I was killed by the mutts. I would have loved to of filmed that.”

And because the film was composed largely of teenage actors, there was plenty of horseplay on set. “Everything that comes out of Jennifer Lawrence’s mouth is a riot, she’s just the funniest person ever. To work with Jennifer Lawrence, an Academy Award winning actress, that was a huge highlight.” Okeniyi said. “It was just like the best summer camp experience ever, but you’re making a movie and getting paid. There were a lot of young people so of course there were a lot of pranks. You’d get to your trailer, you search for your clothes for an hour only to discover their in the fridge,” he said.

And while Okeniyi enjoys acting, he’s also just like the rest of us, a huge movie nerd. “I just saw The Hobbit in 3D and I lost my mind. I thought I was in Middle Earth, you don’t understand. It’s weird because, the veil on movie magic has been lifted, we know how everything is done now, if you go online you can watch every behind the scenes video, but for some reason when you go to the theatre you can have an experience where you’re completely immersed,” he said. “There’s something magical about that. Like, I know how this is made, I work in this industry, but I still am romantic about movies. I thoroughly buy it.”

And just like us (actually, maybe more than us), Okeniyi is addicted to Netflix. “Oh manHouse of Cards, I just completely devoured that,” he spilled. ”Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad… I watch a lot of television, anything on HBO, Game of Thrones,Nurse Jackie. I steal from all the great actors. I watch all these shows and I’m like, ‘I’m gonna steal that performance, I’m gonna steal that, I’m gonna steal that.’ Being an actor is the one job where you can plagiarize emotion and get away with it.”

Having lived in Los Angeles for less than two years, Okeniyi is still getting used to the L.A. way of life, mainly, the traffic. Long car rides to auditions, to set, and even to the basketball court to play a game with friends on the weekend can be a seemingly never ending excursion. “When I drive, I listen to classic music, and nobody knows about that… They’re gonna know now I guess,” he laughed. “But when you’re driving through ridiculous traffic, the best thing to do is listen to classical music. It’s my guilty pleasure. And then when people cut you off in traffic, it really calms you down.”

Next up, Okeniyi will star alongside Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde in Endless Love, a romantic thriller out on Valentine’s.

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