Kevin Miles, aka Jake from State Farm, may be most recognized for selling insurance but when it comes to his past roles, he’s done quite a lot. In fact, in addition to starring in numerous commercials, Miles has been seen on both the small and big screens.
During an interview with Forbes last month, Miles, who hails from Chicago, spoke about the start of his career in Hollywood, revealing that he purchasing a one-way ticket to Los Angeles in hopes of making it big as an actor. He landed the role of “Cool Party Guy” in the 2013 film Jake Squared (via IMDb). Then, just one year later, he scored another movie role in 2014’s Lap Dance.
As for his acting roles outside of film, Miles had a lead role in a web series called Underdogs and landed guest roles on S.W.A.T. and Criminal Minds. On S.W.A.T., he played the role of Quincy on one of the series’ 2018 episodes. Meanwhile, on Criminal Minds, Miles was seen as Dan Montgomery in 2020.
Kevin Miles was featured in a Super Bowl commercial
Although Miles is still waiting for his breakout role, he has been doing quite well as a commercial actor. And, in February, he reached a career milestone that not many do: the Super Bowl. As viewers of the sporting event may have seen, Miles reprised his role as the “New Jake from State Farm” with rapper Drake and NFL players Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.
In addition to appearing in a commercial with Drake, Miles has also been seen with Paul Rudd and Alfonso Ribeiro and represented brands, including Slim Jims, McDonald’s, Ford, eBay, Taco Bell, Bose, Pepsi, Panera Bread, Hyundai, Jersey Mikes, 5-Hour Energy, and Straight Talk Wireless.
During his interview with Forbes, Miles revealed it was the wife of State Farm CMO Rand Harbert who picked him out for the role of Jake. “They’re actually really, really good people which makes it feel like it’s a real good experience being with them. I’ve definitely told them that the dream would be to win a couple Oscars and still be ‘Jake’ for a little bit, if I’m not too old to do it. I want to do it as long as I can,” he explained.
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