Exclusive Interview: New Star Of BET’s “THE GAME,’ Jay Ellis Talks Lauren London, Audition Process & New Found Fame

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*Cherise Nicole (CNikky) and our associates EURweb were the 1st to interview the newest cast member of The Game, Jay Ellis. The handsome and sweet young man is the talk of the town and we have the exclusive!  Here is the first interview with Jay…in case you missed it!

BET’s hit show, THE GAME is gearing up for it’s sixth season and the shows creators Salim Akil and Mara Brok Akil are shaking things up a bit.  A few months ago, it was announced that Tia Mowry (Melanie) would not be returning next season and Pooch Hall (Derwin) may only be returning as a re-occuring character instead of a series regular.  So fans began to wonder, who will take their place?  Well, true fans like myself, know that no  one can take the place of those lovable characters, but perhaps there is room in our hearts for additions to the cast??

A few months ago, it was revealed that Lauren London (ATL, Single Ladies) would be joining the cast along with newcomer Jay Ellis.

*Update: Shooting had wrapped and the new season begins in a few weeks!!


We met Jay for the first time on the Blue carpet at Chris Browns Qubeey party and we think it’s time you meet him too!  The handsome and super sweet actor told us how it felt to be the latest addition to The Game, what his audition process was like,  having chemistry with Lauren London and what it’s like experiencing new found fame!

How does it feel to be apart of The Game:

“It’s amazing, it’s a dream come true.  I’m a huge fan of the show and I get to go work with people that I love.  I love the characters and the network and it’s an amazing thing you know.  It’s hard to wake up sometimes and know that this is a reality.”

What was the audition process like:

“I went in 8 times over 6 weeks before it was all said and done.  It was a grueling process, but they were awesome.  They really worked with you.  It was cool.”

jay ellis and lauren london

How hard is it to work with Lauren London:

“No it might be the easiest part of my job! Like how hard is it to fall in love with Lauren London? She’s awesome and the chemistry we have is great.  She’s a sweetheart.  We match well together.  I’m excited.”

What does it feel like when you get your first big break:

“For me I was standing on a ladder when I got the phone call and I fell off the ladder, so it hurt for a little bit!  But you know it’s crazy.   I think I’ve known for 4 months now, so it’s one of those things it’s almost like Christmas!  Like you’re waiting for Christmas like Santa come on and get here and finally I get to open my present on Monday!  It’s just built up and I’m ready to explode.  I’m excited!”

We asked him about being on social media:

“My mom calls me everyday and she’s like, Oh My God guess what I read today, Oh my God you want believe what I saw today and I’m like, It’s out there.  I know!”

I’ve interviewed Pooch Hall many times, so it’s impossible to compare the two, so I’ll just say…I really like Jay Ellis, I’m happy for him and I hope his star continues to rise.

Watch the interview below (Good choice Salim and Mara!):

Nice to meet you Jay!

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