My Throwback Thursday selection is a talented fresh face in Hollywood. Nate Parker is a leading man that embodies the total package…good looks, immense talent, charm and intelligence. This was my second time interviewing Nate and he didn’t disappoint. He shared his well versed thoughts on suicide and we spoke about love, movie making and the extraordinary film (now on Netflix) Beyond The Lights.
Originally Posted : November, 2014
Beyond the Lights is one of my favorite movies of the year! Not, because it’s action packed, life changing, or overly dramatic, but because it’s a classic love story and let’s be honest…there just aren’t enough of those. When we think of love stories, we think of Love and Basketball, Love Jones, The Notebook, Brown Sugar and maybe a few others. Otherwise, all we see are romantic comedies. Gina Price Bythwood was the creator and director of Love and Basketball and now she’s done it again with Beyond The Lights!
This is the story of Noni (who channels a strong resemblance to Rihanna) is a young pop singer that exudes sex and is surrounded by controversy. Noni attempts to take her own life and Kaz (Nate Parker) saves her life. The two embark on an epic forbidden romance that changes both of their lives forever. I had the pleasure of sitting down with the very handsome rising star, Nate Parker and we spoke about the un-deniable chemistry between he and his co-star Gugu Mbatha-Raw. And he revealed how he met and fell in love with his wife (sorry ladies!) in addition to the very serious reasons why suicide should never be an option.
What is the craziest thing you’ve done for love?
“Oddly enough, when I met my wife, we met on a bus. I was on my way to practice for sports and I told myself…she was on the bus and I hadn’t met her yet, but I wanted to meet her. I said, if she gets off when I get off it will be fate. And I’ll talk to her because I’ll be right next to practice and I won’t get in trouble. And to make a long story short, she didn’t get off until 5 miles away from where I was supposed to get off. So, I got off with her and asked her name and that was in 1999 and we’ve been together off and on since then. I got in trouble for being late to practice, but it paid off!”
What advice do you give to anyone contemplating suicide?
“You gotta stay in the race. You look at the greatest paintings and there not done until their done. Al to of times we’ll see half a canvas and we’ll get discouraged because we don’t know we can do it. But, someone told me…and I kind of take everything to film making, but someone told me, making a film is like being dropped into the ocean and not seeing land. You just pick a direction and start going one stroke at a time. And I feel like that’s life. It’s hard to see what God had in store for us. But, I think when you need encouragement you look back on what you’ve come through to be were you are. And I think it gives you confidence for the future. We’re not blessed with foresight, but we do have the wisdom of our past to know that the best is yet to come. You just gotta stay in the race.”