Patterson teen lands role on ‘Chicago PD’

Isaac White, 16, of Patterson is scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Chicago PD” scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Wednesday. (Submitted Photo Courtesy of Grey White)

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD zfitzgerald@daily-review.com

A Patterson teen who appeared in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” in August is scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Chicago PD” in a guest role, which will air at 9 p.m. Wednesday on NBC.
Isaac White, 16, of Patterson, will appear in Wednesday’s episode and also the third episode of the season.
His character “is developed as a bad kid from the audience’s perspective,” White said. “He really doesn’t make good choices because his family is dysfunctional. He doesn’t have a mom so he lives on the street,” White said.
His character got caught up in a bad situation because of the people he was around, White said. “From my perspective, being the character, he’s a good guy. He has a big heart, and he just wants the best for himself,” White said.
White auditioned for NBC’s “Chicago PD” in September by sending in an audition tape, which was one of his first times to do an audition without his acting coach, he said. White’s father, Grey White, read a part to help his son with the audition tape.
Two days after he sent the tape in, Isaac White got a call back saying he got the part, he said. White was chosen over a person from Chicago, he said. White and his dad flew to Chicago for filming.
Normally, networks try to get a local person for guest roles, but NBC chose Isaac White instead, Grey White said.
Isaac White may appear in a third episode of “Chicago PD” if he is called back to film another one, he said.
He filmed two weeks for the first episode and went back for three more days to film another episode, he said.
Depending on the type of role White is portraying, he tries to get into character while he is on set. “For ‘The Butler’ I was more of a bratty type kid while on set, but for this one I had to play the sad type, dark kid,” White said. The people he worked with on the set were all nice to him just as they were on the set of “The Butler,” he said.
Filming lasted about 12 to 14 hours per day, and he had to go to school on the set for about three of those hours, he said. White still attends Patterson High School when he is not auditioning or filming.
White enjoyed getting physically prepared for the part. “Getting all the makeup, limping, and getting all the dirt in my hair, I thought that was pretty cool,” White said. Applying makeup for his character took about two hours, White said.
“They put blood on my lip, and I had my lip hanging. I had to limp ... and I had a hood on in the alley. It’s so cool,” White said. “I got to get handcuffed. That wasn’t that fun,” he said laughing.
For “Chicago PD” he traveled throughout the city to film whereas there was not much traveling while on set for The Butler, White said.
White was preparing Monday to send in another audition tape for a feature film.

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