Hosea Chanchez currently stars as “Malik Wright” on The CW’s hit sitcom “The Game,” which has started airing new episodes. Chanchez’s acting talent, and instinctive sense of humor have made Malik a truly multidimensional character, a star NFL quarterback who is a player on and off the field. Chanchez opened up to Variety.com by answering a few questions on who gives him inspiration to what are his favorite books.
Book I’m reading: “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle
Three books that mean a lot to me: The Bible “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
What book would you like to see brought to the bigscreen and what book do you hope never gets adapted?: “The Alchemist”/ “The Book of the Dead”
Last film I saw: “The Other Boleyn Girl” directed by Justin Chadwick
Three films that mean a lot to me: “The Color Purple,” directed by Steven Spielberg “Carmen” “The Shawshank Redemption,” directed by Frank Darabon
Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment? (male or female) Will Smith
If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why? My Dad’s life
Song currently playing in my iPod: “Diamond Girl,” Ryan Leslie
Three songs that mean a lot to me: “When Your Life Was Low,” Joe Sample and Laylah Hathaway “Someday,” Donny Hathaway “What’s Goin’ On’” Marvin Gaye
Concert that changed your life: Michael Jackson’s Victory tour, which covered the “Thriller” album
Guilty pleasures: * TV: “Nip/Tuck”
What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex? A bitter ex. At least you know the mountain lion wants to kill you...maybe
What helps you get out of bed in the morning?: ”The Today Show”
Who do you look to for inspiration?: First God, but I try to look to everything in front of me.
Who was your celebrity crush growing up? Janet Jackson, Stacey Dash, Alyssa Milano, and Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) from “Saved by the Bell.”
Baby Mama drama, illegal drug use and celebrity weddings make for must-see TV on season three of CW's "The Game," which follows a fictional NFL team and examines the personal lives of its players and their women. As usual, the show's hotheaded star quarterback Malik has something to say. Each week actor Hosea Chanchez breathes life into the athlete who recently married Robin Givens, who plays herself and is electric on-screen with Wendy Raquel Robinson who plays his mom and on-again, off-again manager. Chanchez shares with ESSENCE.com how Givens is far from the calculating roles she plays, what Tia Mowry's wedding taught him about love, and the secret to NFL players' success (hint: it includes you).
ESSENCE.COM: This season of "The Game" has been action packed, and now we have the new twist of your character Malik marrying Robin Givens. After working with her, what new things did you learn about her?
ESSENCE.COM: So are you ready to walk down that aisle in real life after practicing with Robin Givens on the show?
CHANCHEZ: I definitely want to get married, but not anytime soon. I would not want to spend the rest of my life by myself. When you find the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with, you solidify it. I'm the type of guy who wants everyone to know, "it's mine." At the moment, I'm single. Doing this thing by myself gets a little hard, but it's coming. Watching Cory and Tia (Mowry)'s wedding, I really got to see how much this wedding meant to Tia. Tia just loved this guy so much that she wanted everybody close to her to see and experience this fairy tale under God and share in her day.
ESSENCE.COM: Wendy Raquel Robinson plays Tasha, your mom and on-again, off-again manager on the show, and you two have great chemistry even when you're arguing. How did you guys develop the bond we see on-screen?
ESSENCE.COM: What has been the response from real NFL football players to you about the show and what have you learned about their life?
CHANCHEZ: They love the show! I've not met one real NFL player that said something negative about it. They say, "Someone finally got it-it's so close to home." A lot of them started watching it through their wives, girlfriends or moms. What's relatable for a lot of these guys is that they come from underprivileged families. A lot of them have single moms, as a lot of us do in our communities. It's just the challenge and balance of going from nothing to something. Most of these guys are privileged, but they didn't come from that. The biggest epiphany for me has been these players are absolutely nothing without the women in their lives, whether it's a mother, sister or wife. I've interviewed or read biographies, some of the greatest of all time, and they all accredit their success to their women.
ESSENCE.COM: You seem to be completely different from your character Malik, who once punched a guy in a wheelchair. Do you think you would be friends with him?
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