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‘Mind Games’ actor from Alaska says Chicago’s no less cold

Actor Cedric Sanders who is working ABC series “Mind Games” here grew up Alaskbut says Chicago is just as cold.

Actor Cedric Sanders, who is working on the ABC series “Mind Games” here, grew up in Alaska but says Chicago is just as cold. | Lawrence Agyei

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Updated: February 4, 2014 6:02AM

Cedric Sanders didn’t realize how brutal Chicago winters could be until March, when the actor was filming the pilot for ABC’s upcoming drama “Mind Games.”

“My scene was outside, on Van Buren, and I had to yell at the top of my lungs,” Sanders said. “It was 20 degrees outside. Freezing. I lost my voice by the end of the day.”

Before you write him off as another Hollywood lightweight who can’t handle frosty temps, it’s worth noting that Sanders is from Anchorage, Alaska. His parents met there while in the U.S. Army.

“Alaska’s colder longer, but not colder than Chicago,” said Sanders, 31. “People think I’m crazy when I say that.”

Sanders isn’t complaining about living in the Windchill City. He and his puppy are subletting some sweet digs at Lake Point Tower. He’s able to reconnect with family; his aunt and cousins, whom he rarely got to see while growing up in the 49th State, live nearby in south suburban Calumet Park. And the job that brought him here — a co-starring role on “Mind Games” — marks a milestone in his career.

“This is definitely my biggest break,” said Sanders, who played Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s younger brother in the 2011 film “All Things Fall Apart.”

“Mind Games,” which debuts March 11, revolves around two eccentric brothers, Ross (Christian Slater, “Breaking In”) and Clark (Steve Zahn, “Treme”). They start a consulting firm that fixes clients’ problems using the science of manipulation and motivation.

“If you want a promotion, you come to us and we create a scenario that will make your boss give you the job,” explained Sanders. He plays the firm’s uptight accountant in this series from Kyle Killen (“Awake,” “Lone Star”).

“My character, Latrell, is from a rough neighborhood in Chicago. East Garfield Park, to be exact,” Sanders said. “I pay the bills, monitor the money and try to keep everyone on the right track.”

Filming for the 13-episode season is scheduled to wrap in early February at Cinespace Chicago.

The West Side film studio also houses the soundstage for NBC’s midseason drama, “Crisis,” whose cast includes Sanders’ old college pal, Lance Gross (“House of Payne”).

“We graduated together from Howard University [in Washington, D.C.],” Sanders said. “This is the first network show for both of us, and here we are in Chicago at the same time.

“We’ve been trying to get together but it’s been crazy,” he added. “At least we’re glad about the reason we haven’t been able to hang out more.”


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