NC actor stars in Lifetime’s “Switched Before Birth”


WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) – Kernersville resident Bo Yokely says he’s extremely pleased with his performance in his most notable role to date in the movie “Switched Before Birth”.

In the film, Yokely as Brian Crawford and Skyler Samuels as Olivia Crawford portray an in vitro fertilization (IVF) couple fighting for custody of their son.

Yokely, 33, said his role as Brian was unlike anything he had ever done before and that the film was “very heartbreaking, heartbreaking and moving.”

“Switched Before Birth” is scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 on the Lifetime cable channel. Shot in Atlanta, the film is directed by Elisabeth Rohm, who also directed Lifetime’s “Girl in the Basement”, based on real events.

Lifetime states on that the film follows Olivia Crawford and her husband Brian “who after multiple miscarriages, numerous failed IVF attempts and stretching financially to the limit, finally get the joyous news that she is.” pregnant with twins. During her last IVF, Oliva quickly meets and becomes friends with Anna Ramirez (Justina Machado), who is struggling to have a child after years of focusing on her successful restaurants. When Anna also gets pregnant, the ladies celebrate and start getting ready for their babies.

Then Anna miscarries and her marriage to restaurateur Gabe Ramirez (Yancey Arias) collapses. Olivia and Brian welcome their twins but discover that the babies are not twins. One is biologically that of Anna and Gabe who was implanted in Olivia by mistake.

In the end, things go wrong because of this IVF confusion.

“The real question is, ‘Who is the real parent? ”, Said Yokely. “It raises a lot of moral situations and moral questions. “


Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Yokely then moved to Kernersville as a child and currently lives there with his wife, Olivia, and their daughter, Evie Grace. He graduated from Wesleyan Christian Academy at High Point and has a BA in Communication and a Minor in Theater Arts from UNC Greensboro.

But acting was not his first goal in life. Football took this place when he was only 4 years old. He continued to play this sport throughout high school.

“I was competitive,” he says. “I moved on to state teams and top teams, to travel teams… All that sort of thing.”

While at UNCG, he decided to become an actor.

“I had been modeling since I was 18,” Yokely said. “The modeling world and the theater world are very well connected, so my modeling agent at the time referred me to the theater world.”

Prior to his film career, he worked as a model and product representative for clients such as Tag Heuer, MAC Cosmetics, Hanes, Belk, Peter Millar, Patagonia and Ralph Lauren. He is also a Chartered Financial Advisor.

Yokely burst into the movie industry with his roles as a sovereign fighter pilot in “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” (2017), a chiseled rescuer in the action comedy, “Baywatch” (2017), a charismatic Jimmy in the psychological thriller “Into the Forest” (2018) and Ranger Clark in “Ponysitters Club” (2019).

“Baywatch” was directed by Seth Gordon and included Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron in the cast.

“Unfortunately, most of my rolls got cut on the cutting room floor,” Yokely said.

But he was able to be on set for over a week with these big stars and the experience helped him decide to make an acting career.

“It was just a bunch of surreal guys because you work with these people who are legendary – in my eyes anyway,” Yokely said. “Seeing how they run things and seeing that they’re nothing more than normal people has really made it more doable and more accessible to say to yourself, ‘I can do this the rest of my life, and I can do it. “”

On his last day on set, he called his wife and said, “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Yokely’s wife said, “I support him. Dark.”

He got his big shot as professional basketball player Chris, alongside Sanaa Lathan, in the Netflix original film “Nappily Ever After” (2018).

Later this year he will appear as hardworking farmer Cole Tooley in the films “Christmas at the Gray Horse Inn” (2021) and next year as Music Director Ryan Avery in “Country Roads Christmas” (2022).

“Christmas at the Gray Horse Inn,” which also stars Toni Hudson and Kate Dailey, hits theaters on November 25.

Yokely said the movie is in the same vein as a Hallmark Christmas-style movie.

“It was a very unique and fun shoot because we shot it around Christmas, and it was a Christmas movie,” Yokely said.

He said Tryon, which is near Blue Ridge Parkway, essentially closed Main Street to help with the filming of the movie.

“They had a Christmas parade that they normally do, but they stopped the parade and we shot for about three hours in the middle of the parade,” he said.

He is also thrilled to be starring in a television mini-series called “Bloody Point”, slated for spring 2022, to be filmed in North Carolina and South Carolina.

“I can’t give a ton of details on this,” he said.


In addition to acting, Yokely is a producer. He is in the process of producing three feature films and two television series.

“I’ve always wanted to be a producer too because I think it allows for a certain level of increased control over what you do, as well as the business side of things.”

He enjoys soccer, mixed martial arts, horseback riding and being around animals.

For anyone interested in playing, Yokely said, “Whoever thinks he can and whoever thinks he can’t are usually both right. The way you see yourself is the way the world sees you. Make sure your self-image and self-confidence and everything is where it needs to be because if it isn’t you will be exposed and it will be a brutal beating.

“But if you know who you are and stay grounded in it, and remember what you want, then the universe, in my eyes, will go out of your way and open up opportunities. Those opportunities may not be. come in the form you think it is, but the end result will be what you want. “

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