Some of the most amazing people I've met in life are cops.
It's really rare to come across a character, a show, or a movie that allows you to completely play four or five different characters within a season, let alone a week.
I don't think you really have chemistry in the way that you want between two actors unless frustration is there as well.
I'm safe where I'm at just being the guy where people go, 'That's a really good actor. What's his name again?' I liked being at that place.
I think Gil Scott-Heron is a king. He's a brilliant, broken king.
I tend to want to put my fingers over my ears and not hear all of that, not hear that there are so many fans.
I was trying to pay the bills with poems, and it was easy to memorize my poems, because I'd be riding my bike in California trying to memorize them before going on stage at a poetry lounge.
Poetry is almost like my foundation for everything. I almost feel I am a better actor and writer because of it.
I use Aveeno cleansers and moisturizers.
As an actor, I come to set, and I have already broken the character down by writing a poem about the character. I try to write in his voice, the way he would write it.
'Power' is really such a good show that I forget I'm in it sometimes.
To make your own family is just the most empowering thing ever. It's the greatest thing you can ever pull off.
Sometimes my schedule doesn't allow time to go to the hotel after I get off the plane, so I bring my Freebird boots or my old school Adidas shell-toes to throw on after I land.
For me, I went from showering at the YMCA in L.A., eating chicken sandwiches and ramen noodles if lucky, and going from couch to couch. I'm a real story. I know the struggle.
There were uncles in my life that definitely knew the street life.
Spike Lee gave me the greatest reaction to the fact that I was this athlete-meets-artist, because I think he saw that I was different. I learned that oftentimes, Spike directs in a sense that he might just stare at you and look at you in a telepathic way of communicating.
It's rare for artists to really stare deeply at themselves in the mirror, literally, because there's constantly a mirror on you.
We are a total of our sum parts, right? I came from a family of very strong women - black women. And if I go back as far as my great grandmothers, there was always that love and the ability to be nurturing. Then I grew up in a household where my father was the one who was more affectionate with me.
I worked on the workshop of 'Topdog/Underdog' before it went to Broadway. My minor in school was theater, so I'm based in that, and then I moved to Los Angeles.
I really had a problem with being 'the man.' I'm past it now, but that was my insecurity. I ran from that. I was cool with being No. 3 on the call sheet or No. 2.
When you start out on a project as an actor, you know, you approach the character from the standpoint of maybe writing a list - even if it's a mental list that you make - of the adjectives that the character has or that character possesses.