Jocko Sims is currently making waves on TNT’s The Last Ship, but you may already recognize this up-and-coming star from previous appearances in films like Dreamgirls and Jarhead or series such as Crash and Masters of Sex. He can currently be seen starring as series regular ‘Lt. Carlton Burk’ on Ship, which returned for its third season on Sunday, June 12. Sims also co-hosts the weekly “Apollo Night LA” Radio show designed to showcase indie music artists from around the world. Originally hailing from Texas, Sims graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in theater. Here, this star on the rise shares his haute secrets—his insider’s guide—to the City of Angels.
Where were you born: Houston, Texas
How long in LA: 16 years
Neighborhood: The Grove
Occupation: Actor / Producer / Musician
Favorite Restaurant: Mr. Chow
Best Sushi: Katsuya
Best Italian: Terroni
Best dessert: Caramel Coppetta (gelato) at Pizzeria Mozza with marshmallow sauce & Spanish peanuts.
Best place for a romantic date: Rao’s
Best Sunday brunch: Mercado
Best place for a power business meeting: The Mondrian Hotel
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Montage
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Top Man
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: I don’t really wear Jewelry.
Best Spa: Larchmont Sanctuary spa
Favorite Charity Event: City Year Spring break: Destination Education
Favorite Cultural Event: The Taste of Soul
Favorite Cultural Institution: The Getty Museum
Best Steakhouse: Mastro’s
Best Pizza: Pizzeria Mozza
Best Lunch: La Otra Taqueria Escuela
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox
Best Massage: Wade Spa
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Avalon
Best Museum/Exhibit: The Broad
Describe your city in three words: Fast, multicultural, ambitious
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Hollywood Walk of Fame
All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: The Parlor sports bar on Melrose Ave!
Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The potential for success.