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Kam Williams | 5/9/2012, 9:20 a.m.
Born in Silver Spring, Md., on Aug. 3, 1973, Michael Ealy majored...
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My parents, God bless ‘em, were very supportive of my decision to pursue acting. Their dream for me and my sister was that we graduate from college. And as soon as I fulfilled that, they were extremely supportive of what I wanted to do next. I will always be grateful to them for that, because I wouldn’t be where I am today without their help and encouragement.

How hard was it working with an ensemble cast with so many big stars?

It felt a lot like my first movie, “Barbershop,” which was also an ensemble film, and which was also directed by Tim Story. So, it was sort of like a ten-year reunion.

Tell me a little about your new TV series, “Common Law.”

It’s an action comedy about two detectives who are really good at what they do. But they have different approaches to the work and to life in general, and that creates conflict and bickering and fights.

What happens is that their captain decides to send them to couples’ counseling in order to keep them together, because they always get their man. They basically just need a little help in getting along. What makes it funny is that the characters end up having a lot of the same issues as the married couples they’re in therapy with.

 If you weren’t acting, what career path would you have chosen?

 I’d have been a teacher.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Ooh, sweets.

What was the last book you read?

“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.

What is your favorite dish to cook?

I love breakfast. I can make a mean omelet.

What excites you?

Passion, ambition and talent.

What was the best business decision you ever made, and what was the worst?

(Laughing) When I bought my house in Los Angeles, that was the best business decision I ever made, until the housing market crashed, and it became the worst business decision I ever made.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

I’m aging.

If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

Healing for the people in my family with medical problems. Definitely … definitely …

How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person?

This is such a great question. For me, my first big heartbreak is actually sports-related. My senior year, I became the starting wide-receiver on my nationally-ranked, high school football team as a walk-on.

We have a good season, make it to the playoffs, and are on the verge of three-peating as state champs, when the coach decides to go to a two tight-end offense which suddenly makes me a non-factor.

Then, the team went out and got spanked on our home field. I’ll never forget how I cried after the game, because I’d been denied the opportunity to help the team in the championship game, even though I had played a big role up to that point.

It was like the coach forgot what had gotten us there. So, I never got to hold the trophy or savor a state championship. And I’ll never forget that first bitter heartbreak.