Rep Sheet Roundup: CAA China Signs Matt William Knowles
Not Beyoncé’s dad
CAA China has signed American actor Matt William Knowles. The former Clemson University football star began his acting career in China, after he was scouted as a model while teaching English in a relatively impoverished province in the southeastern part of the country. Fluent in Mandarin, he became the first non-Asian student to graduate from the prestigious Beijing Film Academy, and his credits include the hit Chinese drama Love Me If You Dare and the notoriously expensive fantasy epic Asura.
After earning a master’s in theater from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art last year, he won best actor at the Canada China International Film Festival for the short Poppies and recently shot his first American feature, the civil rights drama Son of the South, opposite Lucas Till.
CAA will represent Knowles in China, the regional office’s first white American client. He also is repped by Circle of 10, the U.K.’s Independent and 3 Arts.