He’s been working in theater for years, but Phenix City native and Russell County High School graduate Mikell Sapp says it has been “an absolute blessing” for him to get his first role on national TV.
Sapp appeared on the July 1 episode of ABC’s hit show “20/20 In an Instant.” He played a detective who discovers a major breakthrough in a case.
“I do a lot of theater work in the twin cities area,” he said. “ABC was casting out of Minnesota, and the casting agent got in contact with my talent agency, and I was able to get the role. It is an absolute blessing for me.”
“20/20: In an Instant” dramatizes tales of survival by mixing first-person interviews with re-enactments of each story. Sapp appeared on Season 3, Episode 5, called “Match Made in Hell.” The episode follows police as they try to catch a man after he brutally assaults a woman he met online.
Sapp graduated from Russell County High School in 2002 before attending Alabama State University. After he graduated college in 2009, he moved to Minneapolis, Minn.
“It was a great experience, coming from Phenix City,” he said. “It was just great to be able to achieve something that I always knew I could do for so long — to be on national television and to show that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, you can make it.”
Sapp is now back in Minneapolis, where he plans to continue working in local theater.