Cedric the Entertainer Stars in New Family Drama "The Soul Man"
Brandon I. Brooks | , Special to Informer | 7/5/2012, 3:13 p.m.
Cedric "The Entertainer" is coming back to television with his own new original series, "The Soul Man."
Starring alongside Cedric will be the very funny and charismatic Niecy Nash. Both Cedric "The Entertainer" and Niecy Nash caught up with Brandon Brooks for an intimate interview on the set of their new series, at the CBS Studios in Universal City, California.
BB: Tell me about the new sitcom and what attracted you both to the series?
Cedric "The Entertainer" (CTE): I play Boyce Ballentine, an ex-R&B superstar who gets the calling late in life and moves his family, wife, and daughter away from Las Vegas back St. Louis to become the minister of his Dad's church. It's just basically a story of transition -- how you go from one lifestyle or one life to another.
Niecy Nash (NN): I play Lolli Ballentine and I loved the life my husband Boyce had when he was an R&B singer, I loved the shiny lifestyle, Vegas the Bellagio. I'm not crazy about coming back to St. Louis but supportive of my husband and there I am. And it's so funny because this particular story mirrors my real life with my ex-husband who was an R&B singer, who got called into the ministry. So I have been a first lady before. It wasn't easy then and it's not easy now.
BB: What advice do you have for up and coming actors and actresses or anyone looking to make it in the business?
NN: To the new generation that's coming, they move around, a lot of them, like there is a sense of entitlement. A lot of them want a 'hook-up.' And you know, I am scared of the 'hook-up' because if you don't have someone to help you will you really know how to hustle? The other thing is I don't think you need anybody else to believe in your dream; that is why they call it self-esteem.
CTE: I definitely try to tell people to love what you do first and don't worry about blowing up. People really want to have that star experience right away. They have to learn that it's okay to take the journey. The journey is going to be far more valuable than the rocketing to the top.
BB: Why should people tune in and watch "The Soul Man?"
CTE: You have to watch "The Soul Man," because it is funny, I'm on it, Niecy is on it, and then, because I said so. "The Soul Man" shows family values, the struggles of changing your life, growing up, and getting smarter.
NN: I would tell everyone to watch "The Soul Man" because I think that this is a show that could be appointment television, where everyone in your family can find some character on it that they can relate to or something funny that they identify with. I definitely think you will either see yourself or someone you know in the characters of this family.