• McKenna Harmony

Netflix's Aedin Mincks on Cobra Kai, Karate, and the Future

Aedin Mincks stars in the Netflix series Cobra Kai, which takes place 34 years after the movie Karate Kid.

Aedin Mincks from the Netflix show Cobra Kai, which is set in the Karate Kid universe.
Photo: Nikki Mincks


There are many ways to describe Aedin Mincks, but his Instagram bio does it best: ¨So I used to be Angus on ANT FARM but then went to Thailand with my wolf pack then I ripped off a bears ear on TED and now I fight for @cobrakaiseries.¨


In the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai, Aedin plays Mitch, a student of Cobra Kai. While Aedin crushes his role as a fighting master, his Instagram shows his funny and authentic personality.


Both Aedin and his brother became interested in acting when they watched the "Lord of the Rings" series as kids. The brothers were intrigued by the films and wanted to know how everything worked behind the scenes.


“We got really into it. My brother was like, ‘Oh I want to get into acting, I want to do what they're doing’ and I kind of did too, but I just wasn’t vocal about it,” said Aedin.


At age 7, Aedin would tag along with his brother to agency auditions. He eventually convinced his mom to take him to one of his own, where he eventually signed with an agent and booked his first commercial with Verizon.


The 20-year-old has an impressive list of accomplishments including playing the role of Robert on Ted, alongside Mark Wahlberg. You will also remember him as Angus Chestnut, the computer genius on Disney’s A.N.T Farm and now most recently, Mitch (a.k.a "Assface" or "Penis breath") on Cobra Kai.


While Aedin's career continues to rise thanks to his incredible talent, his latest role on the Netflix hit series continues to be one of his favorites.


“Honestly I just kind of want Cobra Kai to go on forever. Like, this has been my favorite show to work on. Everyone on the set is just really awesome and sweet to work with. We’re all best friends here,” Aedin said.


Off the screen, Aedin is just as versatile. Before he starred in Cobra Kai, Aedin was coincidentally doing kickboxing classes, which helped sharpen his karate skills for the fans. He explained that they have training days on set to prepare for the show or any specific fight scene they may be filming.


“After warmups we’ll break into small groups to practice a fight scene we have with someone, or we will practice a stunt or just like any tools that we have to work with,” said Aedin

Aedin walked me through his typical day, which includes unpacking after his recent move to Las Vegas from California with his family, taking care of his Shih Tzu, playing games on his PC, and just relaxing as he is not currently working on any major project.


Aedin also told us about his passion for cooking. He said that he can make any meal out of leftovers, no matter what it is. In my opinion, that's a pretty good skill to have.


“I can just kind of toss anything together really. I don't really need a recipe all the time. I can just sort of remember what flavors go together and just throw something together with leftovers,” said Aedin.

Regarding season 4 of Cobra Kai, Aedin can't share too many details at the moment, but it's exciting to wonder what else this show will bring to the fans.


Aedin may be young, but he's ambitious. Even though he's spent his whole life working to become the best actor he can be, he doesn't shy away from diving into new things. Whether it's writing, directing, or even producing, the young actor isn't putting any limits on what he hopes to achieve.


To wrap up the interview, we asked Aedin, "what does it mean to be young today?" It only made sense that Aedin would have a great answer, especially since he recognizes the accessibility that young creatives have in the world right now.


“Born too early to explore the world, born too late to explore the universe,” said Aedin.

Make sure to follow Aedin Mincks on Instagram, and watch him on Cobra Kai, available on Netflix.