Eka Darville Biography
Eka Darville is an Australian actor born on 11th April 1989 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. He is popularly known for his role as ‘Malcolm Ducasse’ in ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘Diego’ in ‘The Originals’.
Eka Darville has travelled in most parts of the world, 16 countries to be precise while he was a teenager.
“(I) learnt to walk on a deserted beach in the Philippines, lived in a West African village for over a year, became fluent in Mandinka – the traditional language of The Gambia, escaped two African military coup’s, was mugged by a Baboon in Zambia (and) toured Europe in a coaster bus.”
Eka left home when he was 16 to gather knowledge vital to his dreams about being a performing artist. As a professional musician, he’s toured Australia and Hong Kong. Nonetheless, his hometown is Byron Bay, in New South Wales, Australia.
Eka Darville Education Background
Eka Darville went to Byron Bay High School and he starred in his first Tv series while completing his final year of High school and later studied Electronic Music Production in New York City.
Eka Darville got an offer to attend the Victorian College of the Arts – the second most prestigious place to study drama in Australia. But then, that was when he was equally offered a role on “Blue Water High”.
Eka Darville Career
In 2006 Eka Darville made his acting debut in the television series ‘Answered by Fire’ as a role of Sophie’s Boyfriend. Afterward, he made an appearance in numbers of television series including, East of Everything, Power Rangers RPM, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, The Elephant Princess, and Terra Nova. His role as Red Ranger in Power Ranger and Gay Slave in Spartacus made him more popular.
Moreover, Eka Darville also appeared in the television series, The Vampire Diaries and Jessica Jones portraying the role of Diego and Malcolm Ducasse respectively. Apart from that, he also played in 2012 film The Sapphires and Mr. Pip.
Eka Darville Originals/ The Originals Diego
Eka Darville played Diego in ‘The Originals’, a vampire who was sired by Marcel Gerard. He was one of the members of Marcel’s inner circle who gained daylight rings upon entry, and functioned as a member of Marcel’s army. He was loyal to Marcel and many of his fellow high-ranking vampires.
As of Moon Over Bourbon Street, Diego had become the leader of the vampires remaining in New Orleans after Elijah revoked their privileges in the Mikaelson compound. However, after the death of his friend Thierry, he agrees to join Marcel in his plan to overthrow the Originals from their place of power in the city.
Eka Darvill Jessica Jones/ Malcolm Ducasse
Eka Darville plays the drug-addicted Malcolm on the new Netflix series, “Jessica Jones.” His character is new to the Marvel universe and inspired by “seed characters” featured in the comics, according to Comic Book Resources. He suffers from a serious heroin addiction and to better understand the disease, Darville watched a number of YouTube videos of drug addicts who filmed their detox.
“It’s a weird and dark little corner of the internet, and I spent a lot of time going there,” he told Interview Magazine. “The most interesting part is the bargaining and the denial, and just the degree of self-talk and psychosis that goes into convincing those people around you that you’re fine.”
In the second season he plays a man working his way back from the throes of addiction, trying to make life better for himself by forging a partnership with the extremely reluctant Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and embarking on a crusade to help those who need it most. Only he’s just figuring out how to help himself, and isn’t necessarily on steady ground all the time. Malcolm survives by throwing himself into anything he can: case work, exercise, sex. He’s a man on the mend, but also a man learning how to be a man while accounting for his firsthand experience of how bad they can be.
Eka Darville Spartacus
Eka Darville portrayed Pietros in Spartacus: Blood and Sand. He appeared in six episodes before his character died. Pietros is a slave in the House of Batiatus, serving the gladiators by getting their armor, weapons and water if they need it. He resides under Barca’s protection from the other gladiators in the ludus. They have the privilege of sleeping in the same cell and share an intimate relationship.
When Spartacus arrived at the ludus, Pietros was the only one to show him any kindness, bringing him water and food when he desperately needed it.
With Barca, he dreams of freedom, but the two mention nothing of it to anyone else. When Barca finally asks Batiatus about him earning their freedom, Batiatus questions Barca on the nature of a rivals’ son he ordered to be killed. Pietros had revealed earlier to Batiatus that Barca did not kill the boy, but Barca had lied to him and only told him that he did not kill him because Pietros would have been upset.
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Eka Darville Parents
Eka Darville mother is Canadian and half Jamaican. His biological father is reggae artist, Ray Darwin, but he grew up with a father figure who was also a musician and made African drums.
Eka Darville Movies and Television Roles
- 2012: The Sapphires as Hendo
- 2012: Mr. Pip as Pip
- 2017: Bernard and Huey as Conrad
- 2006: Answered by Fire as Sophie’s Boyfriend
- 2008: East of Everything as Skateboarder
- 2008: Blue Water High as Adam Bridge
- 2009: Power Rangers RPM as Scott Truman/Red Ranger
- 2010: Spartacus: Blood and Sand Pietros
- 2011: The Elephant Princess as Taylor
- 2011: Terra Nova as Max
- 2011: Power Rangers Samurai as RPM Red Ranger
- 2012: Shelter as Bobby Repeta
- 2013: The Vampire Diaries as Diego
- 2013–14: The Originals as Diego
- 2015: Empire as Ryan Morgan
- 2015–present: Jessica Jones as Malcolm Ducasse
- 2017: The Defenders as Malcolm Ducasse
Eka Darville Wife
- Eka Darville is married to Lila Darville, his long time girlfriend and they have two children.
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Eka Darville Interview
Interviewer: So, where is Malcolm at in Season Two? How do you feel about the journey he’s on?
Eka Darville: We pick up pretty much where we left off at the end of The Defenders, really, where Malcolm is very much in Jessica’s world. He’s trying to put a business and a life together at Alias Investigations with Jessica, and she’s very reluctantly opening up and accepting his persistent efforts to do exactly that. He’s still a bit lost and not quite sure what it is he wants for himself. He just knows that he loves being around Jessica and really does believe that she can do more good than he ever could in the world, so there’s a loyalty there. He’s heavily invested in her. As the season progresses, that gets tested, because she trusts him and he fucks up. The show is really about identity for him: finding himself, and finding out who he is as a man.
Interviewer: Much of his story is steeped in what it’s like to be a recovering addict.
Eka Darville: Yeah, he’s still an addict. He just replaces it with different things: going to the gym, or all the meaningless sex he engages with throughout the season. Addiction in general in Jessica Jones is prevalent—it’s the same with Jessica. She’s an addict, she’s an alcoholic, and repressing and dealing with her emotions with all kinds of different vices. Then with Trish Walker, she’s an ex-addict, and it’s on that basis that her and Malcolm connect. And then as that relationship develops and becomes sexual, it’s still
grounded in that. Two addicts kind of fulfill their needs for each other, and as we progress through that arc it becomes a very toxic thing.
Interviewer: There’s a bit of tragedy to this, because at the start of Season Two it looks like Malcolm is in the healthiest place out of most of the cast.
Eka Darville: Yeah, he really is. But that does continue, the only way he really slips is ethically—if you look at his arc, he’s up and out of his low point. Because if we look at him in Season One, he’s really at the lowest of places a person can be. So he’s clawing his way out of that hole, and taking his first shaky steps outside of Kilgrave and addiction, and we just kind of continue that trajectory. By the end of Season Two, he’s wearing Gucci. [laughs]
Interviewer: What’s it like, playing one of the few men trying to be decent in a show full of bad ones?
Eka Darville: Honestly, I think that’s why Malcolm is so important to the show—he’s really the heart of the show. The show deals with a lot of men who are playing these dark archetypes of unbalanced masculinity, and he’s very much an important counterbalance to that, to show the non-destructive masculinity within this world. Malcolm is the ally, he is the supportive male figure. It’s not that he doesn’t have his own demons by any stretch of the imagination, but the place that he’s coming from is always a good one.
His struggle is, really that he’s given away so much of his power so consistently, and basically projected the best version of himself onto Jessica. And when you do that, if you put somebody on a pedestal eventually you’ll put them in the pit. And that’s what happens with Jessica. He’s put her up on this pedestal for so long and she kind of topples off of that for him, and so there’s a reclamation process of taking his power back from Jessica, and with that comes setting a boundary for himself. Finding a sense of self-respect, and finding how much shit he’s willing to take.
Interviewer: He’s also struggling to find a sense of masculinity that isn’t toxic compared to everyone he sees.
Eka Darville: Yes, very much so. I think he sees that and is repulsed by it. He finds it incredibly infuriating. He feels a sense of obligation to all underserved and downtrodden individuals in the world, and I think his moral sense is very much deeply connected with his idea of what becoming a man is.
Interviewer: Is that something you’ve been processing a lot lately as part of a show that’s about female rage and trauma?
Eka Darville: I am personally very passionate about this, and as a black actor, I deeply and intimately know what it’s like to fuckin’ work twice as hard to get half the recognition. I’m so proud to be a part of
this show that has the guts to really explore the female rage that comes with living in a system that isn’t fair, and that allows room for and institutes arenas for this kind of discrimination and white male privilege that is dominating our society. And to be a part of that conversation, it’s what I love most about being a part of the show.
Interviewer: I also really wanted to ask you about your time as the Red Ranger on Power Rangers: RPM, a show that has a cult following for being actually….good?
Eka Darville: [laughs] Yeah our season was quite different. If you look at ex-Power Rangers, and who’s actually still working, it’s pretty much exclusively RPM cast members. And that pretty much comes down to Eddie Guzelian, who was the showrunner for the first ten episodes before he was fired for making the show too good. [laughs]
Honestly, that’s the only reason I can be proud of being involved in Power Rangers, because of Eddie. It was a lot of fun, and I got to do a ton of stunts, and got to fulfill a childhood fantasy. I used to run around and play Power Rangers in the sugar cane fields next to my school, and all the kids—because I was the only black kid in my school—were like, “Yeah, you’re the black Power Ranger.” So when I booked the role as the red Power Ranger I was like look who’s the Red Ranger now, motherfuckers.