Here's How 'Insecure' Actor Tristen Winger AKA Thug Yoda Is Connected To Shaq

We Found Out These Facts About the Actor Who Plays Thug Yoda

Here's How 'Insecure' Actor Tristen Winger AKA Thug Yoda Is Connected To Shaq

Hint: It has nothing to do with basketball or women.

Published November 1, 2017

  1. Get 'Em High

    In junior high school Tristen had a single song deal with TWIzM Records, which is Shaq's record label

  2. Say It With Your Chest!

    Despite his popularity for playing the soft-spoken character Baby Voice Darius on Issa Rae’s web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Tristen is trained in acting, voice and dance by way of The Colburn School of Performing Arts and later the Amazing Grace Conservatory.

  3. That Homegrown

    Tristen was born and raised in South Los Angeles.

  4. Flattery Got Him Far

    In his free time, Tristen enjoys writing, traveling and impersonating characters and people from everyday life.

  5. Mama's Talented Boy

    Tristen’s mother is a retired touring ballroom dancer and he credits his passion and growing success to her.

  6. Never Too Far

    The neighborhood Tristen lives in today is close to where he grew up in South LA near Crenshaw High, which has a history of gang presence. This informs his character Thug Yoda on the television series Insecure.

  7. True to This

    Tristen and Issa Rae attended the same high school, where they met and were even in the play On Strivers' Row together!

  8. Ultimate Inspo

    A post shared by Pharrell Williams (@pharrell) on

    Winger cites Pharrell Williams as one of the top influencers in his life and says Williams is the reason he began producing music.

  9. Okay, Bruh!

    Tristen holds music supervisor credits for the television series True Friendship Society.

  10. Sharing His Voice

    Tristen plays multiple voices on the #FRUITpodcast, which tells the story of X as he figures out his sexuality in the alpha male world of professional football.

Written by Chris Lee & Naiquan Greene

(Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for BET Networks)


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