*Fans of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” have already seen solid guest performances from Keke Palmer and Courtney B. Vance this season.
Set in the late 50s/early 60s, the series follows Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), and their pioneering research of human sexuality, which becomes complicated and ultimately impacted by their own personal relationship.
Palmer played Coral, a nanny for the Masters household…until Mrs. Libby Masters’ insecurities about race cut her employment short. Vance played the chief of staff at a black hospital that temporarily housed Masters and his sex study after he fell out of favor with all of the white hospitals in town.
With three episodes left, recurring star Jocko Sims is getting a lot of screen time as Robert Franklin, Coral’s brother and a member of the civil rights group CORE, whose office is in the same building as Master’s sex study.
More importantly, Robert has a quiet way of challenging the hypocrisy, insecurity and self-righteousness of Libby Masters. That all came to a head in Sunday’s episode, which ended with Libby becoming a volunteer for CORE — not because of any deep desire to fight for black civil rights, but more as a selfish, rebellious move to shatter people’s perception of her as a go-along gal – a trait she has carried for too long in her marriage.
Sims, who also appeared in this summer’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” is a UCLA Theater grad who started booking jobs soon after graduation – including TV roles in ABC’s 2003 series “10-8,” Starz’s first original series “Crash,” FX’s critically-acclaimed drama “The Shield” and CBS’ top-rated “NCIS.”
Below, he tells us how his Hollywood grind was able to generate gig after gig so quickly:
“Masters of Sex” airs Sundays at 9 p.m on Showtime. Watch a promo for Sunday’s (Sept. 14) episode “Below the Belt” below: