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In a recent interview with Black Enterprise, actor Laz Alonso discusses his future plans, working with Meagan Good, and having a social life. Alonso, 39, is an ideal husband for most women. He’s a Howard University alum, a businessman, an actor, and an ambitious man.
Before becoming eye candy to women across the nation, Alonso worked on Wall Street as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. Today, he uses his business savvy to push himself into business ventures in Hollywood. One of his first goals is to create his own shows. “Ideally, I want to create shows, I want to create films and write films and star in them,” says Alonso. “I directed my first short [film] last year. It was a three-minute short… it was my first directorial debut, my first stab at directing, and I loved it. I love being behind the camera. That’s something that I want to really push in 2013.”
His intellect excels beyond the classroom, Wall Street, and the big screen. He’s also a very smart man when it comes to personal decisions in his life. Earlier this year, Alonso revealed he wants children, but not out of wedlock. “I want kids— just not out of wedlock… Because my father died when I was young, I’m extra cautious about not creating a single-parent home,” he said in an interview with Jet Magazine.
Read excerpts from his recent interview with Black Enterprise below:
On whether or not he and Meagan Good have developed a personal relationship over the years:
You know what, Meagan and I always had kind of like a younger sister-older brother kind of thing. When we did Stomp the Yard, this was back in ’06, she was a lot younger and I was just always really impressed with the stuff that she had done: her career path and what she had worked on before then. And then, I didn’t see Meagan again until Jumping the Broom [in 2011]. So four years had passed when I saw her again, and…she was an adult. It was like wow, you’ve done a lot in these four years. It was just good to see her playing an adult…playing Paula Patton’s maid of honor. It was just a different dynamic seeing her playing more mature roles.
On how he got into acting after graduating with a degree in business:
It was just kind of a trial and error thing. It was always something that I wanted to do…but you know, I just felt like regardless of what you do in life, everything is still somehow connected to business, so…whether I made it as an actor or not, whatever I did still was going to have a business element to it. My approach was always, I’ll study acting when I’m out of school, but while I’m in school I’ll study something that I can apply to a bunch of different areas.
On whether or not he has a social life:
It depends. I would say I have more of a social life when I’m filming just because you need that time to unwind more than when [you’re] not working. I’m more focused on working out, being healthy and cooking my own meals. When I’m working, I just don’t have time to do all that so [I] do tend to go out more for dinner and drinks, and really want to engage in social activity. But being an actor is very similar to being back in school again. You have a full day of things you have to memorize.
When you have 120 people that are relying on you to know your lines and deliver them with emotion and make it something believable, you can’t show up on set and not be prepared. This is NBC; this is the big leagues. Every minute that they go over because you weren’t prepared, it costs money. If it’s your fault why they’re going overtime, then you better believe you ain’t gon’ be working for too long in this business. You have to come prepared and play the role.