“Till” Star Jalyn Hall on Emmett Till’s Play, Authenticity, and Support Systems

Watching Until, it’s easy to come out of the movie worried about Jalyn. It’s a heavy-handed role, where while much of the physical violence is off-screen, its specter and aftermath looms oppressively throughout the film. For Jalyn, the hardest part of being an integral part of Until was not filming. That’s what happened after, realizing how similar he and Emmett Till were, how much they had in common.

“Every time you watch a horror movie, [you think] it would never happen to you. But it’s one of those things where it’s like, ‘It happened to someone and it’s still happening,’” Jalyn says. “You see all these men, these black men on TV, on the news, and it’s sad to think about it, but going through this I was like, me and Emmett Till are no different. He loved to sing, he loved to dance, he loved his mother, things that I do on a daily basis, so that realization for me was probably the hardest part.

Fortunately, Jalyn has strong support systems in play. He spent time with his family in Atlanta (where he was born and raised) during filming and found relaxation in the game, pointing to the PS5 in the background of our interview. And of course, her mother was her biggest support system: “It was my mother who was there all the time to help me, whether I needed a hug or a little comfort, it was my mother.” Considering UntilThe heavy subject matter and the way the film revolves around mother-son relationships, it’s a good support system to have.

Until is a heartbreaking film, which urges audiences not to take their eyes off the atrocities of anti-darkness and the time it takes to get justice. So who should see it? According to Jalyn: everyone.

“I don’t think it’s a movie for a community of people. Of course, like our black community, we need this to be shown to people so people can wake up, and not just for the black community, but for everyone in general, these are things that are happening to everyone right now,” he says. “People are oppressed, people are treated differently, people who want to change things but don’t have not that push, but it’s that push for them. People all over the world, it’s something that will change you in your own way, so I don’t think there’s a restricted audience, I think everyone should see this.