Omari Hardwick is quickly becoming a familiar face in Hollywood. The handsome and talented actor had major roles in Sparkle, Next Day Air, The A-Team, Middle Of No Where, For Colored Girls, I Will Follow the television series Dark Blue and the up coming new television series Being Mary Jane starring opposite Gabriel Union on BET.
But before Omari graced movie screens, he could be seen on stages all across Los Angeles performing spoken word. His passion for poetry led TV One to offer him the job of Hosting their hit show, Verses and Flows. Cherise Nicole (CNikky) and our associates EURweb caught up with Omari during the NAACP Image Awards. We talked to him about the role poetry played in his career and why he feels it’s important for him to mentor young black actors. We also convinced him to drop some original poetry for us on-the-spot!
On getting involved with poetry before his acting career began:
“I was doing the poetry thing before, No of course I was studying theatre in school but, when I came out here, [I started studying in New York,] but when I came out here I thought it was a cheap way to go to acting class. And what I mean by that is when I start delivering poetry on stage in a very spoken word manner I just felt a lot like acting class you’re just connecting with people. In suttle ways, just making eye contact and not the hysterics of arms flailing and all of that. Just standing there reading your poetry and connecting with one person in the audience and just locking in on them. And I thought, that’s what the essence of acting is.”
Why he mentors young actors:
“As long as you’ve got passion and belief that it’s not a waste of your dream bus to drop you off in Tinseltown, I tend to be down with that program of helping them out. I just think people need to help each other out, especially people that are brown and black.”
Watch the interview below and Check Out Omari on Verses and Flow This Season on TV One!