You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of it.
I like stories that have a social impact and social attributes to them. That's the whole reason we make films: to broaden our limited view of things and to see how life is evolving elsewhere.
Don’t tell me what was said about me. Tell me why were they so comfortable to say it to you?
Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency
When I am playing a role far away from me with an accent that is not mine I always employ a dialect coach. I am almost always playing someone that has an accent that is not mine.
There is still a fundamental misunderstanding, when it comes to observing that when someone is black and someone is white, then that difference is enough to warrant the idea that they shouldn't be together. We are so much more alike in nature than we are different, and my ambition with the roles I choose to do is to break down that prejudice, by showing how much I - as a man - am just a man.
A lot of times, we also have to live and work. You have to make money to pay rent. In that respect, I don't think you can be so demanding. Those great stories are not the normal stories that come on a daily basis. It's a struggle to land those roles. Everybody is looking for the good parts.
Dreams are great. In fact, dreams are necessary in life or no one would ever go anywhere! But a dream without a goal, and without action, has no opportunity to come true
I love working. I’m a workaholic and I’m really privileged for some of the jobs I get offered and so I just want to keep going
Funny enough, every role that I have had, I try to tone down my accent or speak with better diction
We can't afford to deny our past in a bid to be empowered. But what we can do is contextualize the past.
There's a nimble quality to the way a television actor can work. When that muscle gets strong it's a very valuable thing.
I was just a very torn child, very wounded in so many areas, with no family support. I happened to the be the fifth child of my family. So everybody was already grown and had left home already.
At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.
Never confuse movement with progress. Because you can run in place and not get anywhere
You're always looking for roles and other creatives who are going to be challenging to you, because you're always a better actor after the experience.