â€œItâ€™s probably easier to say what has not changed.The great side of this is that I have a platform to show people what I can do, what I love to do and what I have been doing for so long,â€ he told TheWrap.
“What has not changed about my life? Itâ€™s probably easier to say what has not changed. My family and friends have not changed at all. But what has changed, the great side of it is that I have a platform to show people what I can do, what I love to do and what Iâ€™ve been doing for so long. And a couple people are listening now. So thatâ€™s a good thing for any artist. Any person period,” he said.
“The other side of it is the scrutiny that comes along with it. And people all up in your business, but again that goes with the territory â€“I guess. The great, not even the good, so outweighs the bad because itâ€™s been such a phenomenal way to not only show my art and my creative side but also show, bigger than that, the side of me that really cares and people listening to what Iâ€™m saying about social issues as well. That to me is more important than anything. And Iâ€™ve said this a million times before. I donâ€™t believe you need a hit TV show or a hit record to make an impact, but Iâ€™m glad that what I was saying years ago is now, you know, can now somehow affect peopleâ€™s lives in the way that my life has been affected by people I looked up to.”
One of the best things about his newfound fame is the impact it has had on fans.
â€œI donâ€™t believe you need a big hit TV show or a hit record to make an impact, but Iâ€™m glad that I can affect lives in the way my life was affected by people I looked up to,â€ he said.
The actor admits his favorite part of is job is working with Taraji P. Henson.
“I really have to think about this because sheâ€™s so much fun to film with. One of my favorite scenes that I ever shot with Taraji was cut from the pilot. And it was the very first scene that I ever shot on â€œEmpireâ€ on the first day of filming. It was this whole scene inside of an SUV and we were joking and it was just such a great scene and it was an emotional scene as well. For time, it got cut, but it was truly one of my favorite scenes,” he explained.
“As far as the scenes that did not get cut, probably I loved the scene when I did â€œUp All Nightâ€ for the family and then gave that whole read to Terrence. I love doing scenes where itâ€™s the whole family also, because we have such a good time shooting those. And honestly, my favorite scene alsoâ€“how the hell could I forget this?! Jamalâ€™s coming out scene. Obviously.”