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On the Go with Ato Essandoh!

Ato Essandoh talks about life, career and the good fortune of having two hit TV shows: Copper and Elementary

Kam Williams | 7/26/2013, 6 a.m.

I’m not really worried about heaven or hell so yeah, the bad stuff. As long as nobody got hurt. So not too bad. And I guess 24 hours is not long enough to start a harem, so ... [laughs]

If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

An otter. Best all-around animal ever. It’s like a dog and a seal. Only thing missing is wings.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

My father teaching me to tie my shoes.

Is there something that you promised to do if you became famous that you still haven’t done yet?

Throw a huge party for all my friends and family who’ve supported me. I’m talking huge party on a boat or something.

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

Hearts mend. That’s the good thing about them. They mend and you carry on.

What’s the difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person you pretend to be on the red carpet?

I don’t think there’s much of a difference. I’m usually having so much fun that it’s hard to be cool. So I come off as dorky, which is pretty much what I am.

What key quality do you believe all successful people share?

Belief. I never thought I couldn’t do it.

If you had to choose another profession, what would that be?

Teacher.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?

Jimi Hendrix!

With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in?

That’s tough because the classics are so classic. That said, In the Heat of the Night.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Take classes, and write your own material.

What is your favorite charity?

Scale Africa.

How do you want to be remembered?

As a positive influence in people’s lives.