Honey Magazine recently caught up with the 34 year old actor and he talked about the death of his mother, the return of the hit television show, his character Derwin Davis, & more.
Check out the interview below:
On what keeps him motivated in life:
I’ll tell you, I’ve been through so much in my life. I lost my mom recently. I lost the love of my life as a teenager at one time. I knew what it was like not to have money, to constantly see your parents try and struggle to make sure that you have a good life. The whole traveling, and eating filet mignon, shrimp and lobster, and all that stuff, it wasn’t at Pooch Hall’s house. I remember hot dog and bean dinners like two days in a row. Lights off. Heating up the water on the stove to take baths. I appreciate my life. I’ve seen that stuff. My sister and my brother will tell you. Not so much my brother, but my sister, because she’s older than me. My brother’s the youngest. But me and my sister, we’ve seen a lot.
On the return of the television show The Game:
Here’s the deal with The Game. The Game is officially B-A-C-K, all caps, boldface! [laughter] I’m stupid. It’s back. All six of us. Me, Hosea, Coby, Wendy, Tia, and the beautiful Brittany. We’re all back. We start production-because we have wardrobes and all that and they’re still tweaking stuff-…officially in two and a half weeks. We’ll be shooting in Atlanta and my wardrobe stylist, Ms. Stacy Beverly, she fitted me for Rip the Runway and I work with her outside of-I’m name dropping- I’ve worked with her a lot of other times. I think she read three or four scripts already and quoting her or quoting Jay-Z, “It’s about to go down.”
On his character Derwin Davis becoming a father:
It’s going to force him to grow up maybe? Especially when he was having the baby and him and Melanie [were] having certain issues dealing with their love, but also them dealing with a child that’s not theirs, that’s a tough issue. Especially for Melanie. And at first, Melanie for whatever reason, I guess she didn’t want it to be Derwin’s baby because of how much she loved him. But her loving him that much, it got her to see, ‘We can make this work and… I support my man. And I support this child that is his, that is part of him.’ I think Derwin is going to be faced with some challenges where number 1, he’s dealing with fatherhood, he’s dealing with his baby’s mom, another woman that’s not actually his girlfriend, in addition to, ‘I have my wife now.’ And on top of it, him still playing in the NFL, trying to do his thing. But I also want to make it a point to let everybody know that Derwin and Janay really didn’t do anything wrong, other than have a relationship after Melanie and Derwin. But she got pregnant, when Melanie and Derwin were broken up. But, everyone comes up to me and says or asks me, they…don’t feel it’s my baby. I think that’s still an issue. Keep in mind, we work in TV. But sometimes people [act] like I’m Derwin, for real! No! No! I don’t know what we’ve done as a cast but people talk to me like, “Yo man. If you need me to, I’ll go talk to Janay. I’ll see what’s really good. I’ll force her to tell me that baby’s yours.” I’m like, ‘No. Hold up. Hold up.’ You know, I have to hit them with the Jay-Z. ‘Hold up’ [laughter]. But I think people just really love the show. [So] many celebrities come up to me and ask me about the show and express to me how much they really enjoy my work. I mean, Mos Def, Jeffrey Wright, Jenna Elfman.
On the show moving to BET’s network:
Well, I think we’re going to be staying away from our homes in L.A. for a little bit because we’re going to be shooting in Atlanta. But I think we’re going to be in one of the meccas of our culture, our people. Having that energy to make it happen. Every now and again, I want to make sure people know, not only is it a black show, it’s a great show. And maybe not necessarily in that order. But the people who got behind us were our people, first and foremost, which got other people to get involved. Now, people may ask me, “How does it feel to be the number 1 black show?” And I’m like, No, it feels great but it’s also a great show because sometimes I feel people aren’t educated enough in a sense that they give something that we [black people] do or we’re about a chance.
I’m not saying we have to sugarcoat it in a sense where it’s like, ‘Yeah, we [have] to call it a great show.’ But sometimes people may be ignorant in the sense where they’re like, ‘Oh, I heard it’s a black show. I don’t want to watch it or I’m not into that.’ As opposed to it being a great show and having stories and issues that everyone can relate to. I think that’s probably one of the reasons why we’ve been so successful. It’s not just black issues that we’re dealing with and going through on a daily basis. You have no idea how many people come up to me in the airport, in the restaurant, in the grocery store, in the gym like, “I love you. I love your show. What can I do to help bring it back.”
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