Up close with ‘Baggage Claim’ star Boris Kodjoe
Colette Greenstein | 9/25/2013, 12:24 p.m.
Is there any competition between you and your wife?
We help each other out. Competition, I don’t think so. She’ll kick my ass. She’s so good. I love working with her because she makes me better. I’m in awe of her.
How did it feel to be hand-picked by J.J. Abrams for Undercovers?
It was great. J.J. is an amazing person first and foremost. He’s a visionary, a genius. I adore him and to be able to work with him was an amazing experience. All around it was a great time for me. It was some groundbreaking work that we did. I loved the show. The lesson I learned was that you have to enjoy the moment because you never know how long it’s going to last and I certainly did.
What drew you to Baggage Claim?
It was a combination. The script was well written and I was a fan of [the playright] David [E. Talbert]. He paints nonstereotypical characters. I wanted to work with Paula and I never worked with her before. And just to reunite with my boys. Djimon is my older brother and so is Taye. And I love Jill. It was a great sort of family environment to shoot the movie in.
What’s next with Real Husbands of Hollywood?
Just more elaborate craziness. And more and more people are joining the show and wanting to be on the show. It’s always interesting to have guest stars. It’s another really blessed experience that I’ve had. It’s playing with my friends. We all are very close and there are no egos. It’s always a great atmosphere on the set. I could be digging ditches. It’s been quite a ride and it’s been a great.
Are there any upcoming projects that you can talk about?
Addicted is coming out soon. It’s a movie I shot with Sharon Leal, William Levy and Tasha Smith, based on a novel by Zane. It tackles sexual addiction in a very serious way, which is great for me. It opens up dialogue about a subject that is pretty taboo for us. It’s a real thing. It’s a real disease. It’s a beautiful movie. Very beautifully shot by Billie Woodruff.
What did you learn from working with Billie Woodruff and David E. Talbert?
I learn from everybody. There are different things I learned from Billie. David is very different in his approach. I learned a lot from J.J. Abrams about pacing and transitions and tonal approach. I’m the kind of guy who — I don’t miss the opportunity to learn. When you’re open and curious and interested, I think you can make the best out of recognizing learning experiences.
You have a clothing line with your brother. Is that something you always wanted to do?
We’ve always had issues fitting stuff off the rack and everybody does. I don’t care what size you are or how tall, or how long your arms are. You always have to compromise style and fit off the rack. Custom clothing has been unaffordable for the longest time for everybody including myself. We’ve figured out a way to offer the luxury of custom clothing — jeans, suits, shirts — for affordable prices. Everything is on line at www.worldofalfa.com. You pick from over 300 fabrics and design, structure, build your own suit, shirt or jeans, whatever it is. And then there’s a measuring video to teach you how to measure yourself and input your measurements. And 25 days later you get your stuff.
What is it that attracts you to a role?
The script is number one. If I don’t fall in love with the script, I’m not going to fall in love with the characters. I want to trust the person that’s at the helm and I want to be inspired by the people I’m working with.
If you could do something other than acting, what would it be?
I’m really doing everything I want to do. I’m a business owner. I’m a philanthropist. We have a foundation that we’re very active in. [Boris and Nicole started Sophie’s Voice Foundation in honor of their daughter, Sophie, who was diagnosed with spina bifida in 2005.]
What do you hope that people take away from this film?
Just a good time. Keep hope alive. Love is out there for everyone. You just have to find it.
Baggage Claim, from Fox Searchlight Pictures, opens in theaters nationwide on Sept. 27.
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