Netflix actor, soccer player joins class of 2027 as exercise science major

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M aybe you’ve seen Daniel Abi-Sarkis on Netflix’s season four karate series, “Cobra Kai.” He played Max. Or on season two of "DC’s Stargirl" as Devin Dupree. Or in various other independent films and an anti-bully commercial.

Soon, you’ll see him around campus too.

He looks forward to majoring in exercise science, having a good time, playing on the soccer team or in intramural sports with his friends and—oh yeah—keeping up his grades.

He likes pickleball too.

“I love the campus, and a lot of my friends are going here,” Abi-Sarkis said.

He and his two brothers were first in their family to be born in America. His parents immigrated to the Atlanta area from Lebanon—his father, Habib, about 30 years ago and his mother, Jinny, in 1994. One brother graduated from Georgia Tech and is an industrial engineer. The other goes to Kennesaw State University and wants to do cybersecurity.

Abi-Sarkis, the youngest, is “the wild one.” He plans to move in a different direction—someday following his mother into physical therapy or, perhaps, sports medicine.

Exercise science will prepare him for those fields. He looks forward to helping people and learning more about how the body functions.

But Abi-Sarkis also plans to continue acting and auditioning for roles in motion pictures.

He began his journey into acting in seventh grade. By 2019, he had performed roles in the junior version of “A Chorus Line” for the Chambers Performing Arts School in Dacula, Georgia and was cast in several independent movies like “Summer of Charlie” and “By the Campfire,” which won the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival (TBUFF) award for Best Short Film.

In addition to some theatre performances—which included a lead role in “Les  Misérables”—Abi-Sarkis did community service in the Rotary club and played sports in high school. He played soccer since age 3, mostly in the right-wing position but also midfield.

The Milton, Georgia resident has an agent and a private acting coach. His bio at IMDb says he’s skilled in stunt performance and excels at improvisation. He prefers the energy and realness of film to acting on stage. It’s exciting for him to work on set and in front of a camera.

Abi-Sarkis is especially interested in Georgia College & State University’s partnership with the Georgia Film Academy, which offers courses toward a certificate in film, television, digital entertainment, Esports and video game development.

He hopes to weave all his interests together, while “having a good college experience.”