Better late than never! Check out my review and interview with Meagan Good from that night.
Below I chatted with Michael about Dominic, his favorite character to play and why TV is better than Film.
Hi, Michael! How was Miami?
Michael: Great -- Quick! It was in and out.
What do you like most about playing Dominic?
Michael: I like his hustle. I mean I think it's always good to have a hustle and have some sort of grind to you. I feel that Dominic --- especially in the first 'Think Like A Man' --- he realizes what he needs to do to kind of execute that. He's no longer dreams about it, he figures out how to make it happen.
What is your favorite character to play so far? You have an impressive line of work! What was the best part you played and why?
Michael: (Long pause)
I know! (Laughs) It's a hard question.
Michael: Since, it's so recent, I will probably say Dorian from Almost Human, because he was not human (laughs) and it was such a challenge as an actor to make him almost human. To make him robotic enough that you believe he is a droid and at the same time, human enough so that you want him human --- as does he.
A lot of people----including celebrities and the major outlets----say that TV is better than Film for actors --- especially now because the roles are more diverse and complex & that the overall writing is better than the film counterparts. Do you agree with that statement?
Michael: Uh, Yeah! (smiles) TV now, I mean --- Film business is about making big tent-pole movies and a lot of drama are acquired at film festivals as opposed to a financed studio. The movies that you like to see are in the theaters, but they are not always made without independent money. In television, there is a little more diversity in terms of roles, definitely.
What advice would give to newcomers from this area? They look at you (Michael Ealy), Samuel L.Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Taraji Henson, successful actors that made it from the DMV. What would you say to them?
Michael: Same thing I would say to anybody who lives in any city, who is trying to do this:
- Believe in yourself
- Hang in there
- Rejection will get to you, but you can't let it beat you
*Stills from Sony Pictures/Screen Gems*
Think Like A Man Too in theaters now