Allen Maldonado Talks “The Last OG,” Filming With Co-Star Tracy Morgan & His NYC Roots
And actor and entrepreneur Allen Maldonado said his time on set has become a masterclass with Morgan, who after suffering traumatic head injuries in a 2016 car crash has bounced back to become one of America’s best-loved comedians of recent years.
“It’s like an amusement park,” Maldonado told BOSSIP. “You’re on a ride. He’s always on.”
He added: “I’m learning. To be as great as he is and to have the longevity he has is a constant day to day process. His whole entire job is making people laugh. It’s a full-on live show when the cameras aren’t rolling.”
Maldonado plays the best friend and relative of Tray (Morgan), the one who is always down for Morgan’s harebrained schemes.
It’s a far cry from his youth in LA’s Compton and Bellflower neighborhoods, with summers in the projects of East Harlem. He said that experience in NYC as a youth was great fodder for his character Bobby, who is supposed to be from Brooklyn.
Maldonado also filled us in on what we can expect from bumbling Bobby in season two: “It’s a lot of heart with Bobby,” he said. “Everybody gonna really really care because of the obstacles that Bobby goes through. You’ll see Bobby going through things rather than just Trey’s problems. The trials and tribulations in his life come to the surface.”
Besides “The Last O.G.,” Maldonado just wrapped another on-screen project the scripted series “Sneakerheads,” in Hong Kong, which he promised, “will blow people away.”
And when he’s not on set, Maldonado runs a few businesses, including the app “Everybody Is Digital,” which he describes as the Netflix for short films.
“Our key focus this year is to help our filmmakers transition over to feature films and television,” Maldonado said. “We want to help filmmakers get to the next level.”