You may remember some of his catch phrases such as “Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger, can I take your order?” or, “Who loves orange soda?…” Former Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell is a nostalgic figure of 90s television, but continues his career not only in entertainment, but by serving in the community and being a mentor to young people. The husband, father, actor, writer, director, producer, philanthropist and man of faith has a lot on his plate these days, but takes time to make sure his life remains in order and maintains a healthy exercise and nutrition regimen. Black Fitness Today was excited to catch up with Kel and learn more about his life, career and staying fit.
BFT: When did you start acting? At what point in your life did you realize this was meant for you?
KM: When I was young, I loved to do impersonations and recite lines from my favorite films. But sometimes, I did this at the wrong time like during class, so after many trips to the principle’s office one summer my parents decided to put me into an acting class. My acting teacher was hard-core and was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the art of acting and the history of acting. I learned about black actors from the past and what they experienced so that I have an opportunity to step on stage. I respected their journey and I knew this was something I wanted to do.
BFT: We may be bias, but we think the 90s was the best era for TV and music, and you were such a big part of so many childhoods! What were your best memories as an actor on Nickelodeon and in movies such as Good Burger?
KM: Being on a show like All That provided a ton of great memories! We had so many awesome musical artists and I use to listen to these artists while growing up on the south side of Chicago, never knowing that I would one day be sharing the same stage as them. It was truly a blessing.
BFT: According to your website, you have a genuine interest in the youth and mentoring them to be future leaders. You are the spokesperson for several organizations including The Boys & Girls Club, The Black College Expo, your Young, Fly and Saved movement, and more. Why are you so passionate about reaching out to young people?
KM: As a kid growing up in Chicago, I had friends that ended up in jail; one of my good friends was murdered because of gang violence. Today, young people are still dealing with these circumstances, so I support organizations and programs that help teens make positive choices and introduce them to God’s love and teach them how to walk by faith not by sight. Every young person should know that they can do all things through Christ; they do not have to be a product of their environment. I also had friends that made good choices and we need to applaud students and teens that deal with everyday stress and temptation of violence and drugs, but decide to stay focused and make the right moves. They need our support and prayers as well.