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I met Omari Hardwick not so long ago in Los Angeles and all he could talk about was his new role on Being Mary Jane.
At the time there was no indication that the show would be seen on local screens, but I indulged him anyway. It turns out it was a good thing to have done, given that the series will be airing on TopTV and DStv.
“I play a guy who is in love with the lead character,” opened Hardwick.
The lead character, Mary Jane, is played by Gabrielle Union. As with most of Union’s roles, Mary Jane is a successful professional with a good job and all she desires.
As you may have guessed if you’ve followed Union’s roles, the only problem in this lady’s life is the absence of a man to go home to.
Enter Hardwick, whose character’s name is Andre Daniels, one of Mary Jane’s prospects.
“He is not really where she is emotionally, but deep inside he is really in love with her,” said Hardwick.
“A series of things happen to hinder their relationship, but you will have to watch the show to see what that is about.”
If you have followed Hardwick’s career you’ll know he is a brilliant actor, especially when it comes to portraying villains or serious characters.
Look at films like The A-Team, Linewatch and For Colored Girls, in which he plays almost the same mean character, so much so you hope he gets the worst out of life.
Since he was now playing a good guy in Being Mary Jane, I had to find out how he felt about that character shift.
“I know what you mean. Most of my roles have been very serious and I am comfortable in those. It is not to say I go out of my way to look for those kind of roles,” he said.
“It just so happens that I find those roles coming my way, but now that something different has come my way, I am willing to show that I can handle that side of me, too, with the delicacy that it requires.”
This automatically bumps him into the elite group of usual hunks who would play these roles – such as Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard and Taye Diggs.
Hardwick also expressed a lot of gratitude when it came to the idea of working with Union.
“She is a very sweet person and immensely talented. Every moment on set is incredible because of her input,” he said.
• The highly anticipated series debuts with a 90-minute movie special on BET International, (DStv channel 135) and TopTV (channel 190) at 11pm on September 22. The eight-part series of Being Mary Jane premieres in February.