‘Zola’ Interview: Colman Domingo On Playing The Sinister “X” And Why He’s Not Such A Bad Guy

This is looking like the year of Colman Domingo. That’s weird to say because he’s actually been on a roll for quite a while, ever since his performance as the mercurial Victor Strand in Fear the Walking Dead made him a household name. Personally, I think Domino is excellent in everything, but he’s particularly good at characters you can’t quite get a bead on. And nobody fits that description better than X, the volatile “roommate” he plays in Janicza Bravo’s Zola.

I had the chance to talk with Colman Domingo about his role in Zola, why he loves playing villains, and why he thinks some of them aren’t really so bad. We also talk about his reunion with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom actress Taylour Paige, and how much he admires how far she’s come.

Zola opens in theaters on June 30th! Check out my review of the film here and the interview below.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.