You have to be up-front from the very beginning about what your expectations of the other person are, and you can’t make any promises you don’t intend to keep.
We often grow up being told that we can do this or that, but if you don’t see anybody that looks like you doing it, you don’t believe you can do it. But I had great teachers, and I wanted to be a great teacher.
We as men, in particular black men, are constantly supported, nurtured, forgiven, apologized for, led, followed and coddled by black women, and they get very little in return.
As an actor, you want to be able to move your character forward into new ground, but also it’s really interesting to go backwards and unpeel those layers and the interesting elements of what your character is and what informs the decisions that you make so that you can have as much meat to work with.
It was very important to me to be with a woman who is better than me at some things. You want someone who brings new, interesting things into your life.