Michael Ealy Opens Up About His Marriage
Hollyweird actor and resident eye candy Michael Ealy has been making a few media rounds to promote his role in the Valentine’s Day romantic comedy “About Last Night,” and he recently sat down with Rolling Out magazine to open up about why the movie is comparable to the “Love Jones” film, his marriage, what’s next for him and more.
Check out a few interview excerpts below.
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I know that this is new ground for you, but people seem to enjoy watching you in romantic comedies, and seeing the nuances that you can bring to your characters. Why do you think that is?
In another interview, a writer called me the ”new king of romantic comedies,” and I thought that was funny, because I’ve only done one. I did one romantic comedy, and that was Think Like a Man, and that’s because that was the first time that I had read a script for this genre that was smart. So the idea that I’m this new king of romantic comedies, well I don’t know if that’s true … but what I will say is this; in the future I will do more if they are just as smart, and just as funny.
As it relates to About Last Night, as much as people want to call it a romantic comedy, the tone is more similar to that of a Love Jones. It’s more about exploring the complexities of a relationship versus it being ‘funny, funny, ok now we love each other.’
Is there something that you haven’t explored yet that you want to?
I have found that the thing that I haven’t being able to do yet is play evil personified … I haven’t been the good villain yet. That’s what I’m looking to do to show that side.
Not that I just want to be bad, but I believe that is the next chapter for me, and I’m looking forward to it.
Will you be heading to check out ‘About Last Night’ when it hits theaters on Valentine’s Day? We hear it was pretty funny.
Michael also opened up about his secret-squirrel marriage news that shocked his fans, why he married someone who isn’t his type and incorporating his dating life into his movie roles. Hit the flip to hear what else he had to say.
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I think it caught a lot of people off guard when you got married. Why was it the time right to take such an important step?
Well, you know me, and you know that I am an extremely private person. But what I can say is that I’m not a young cat anymore. I’ve gone through my share of relationships, which ironically enough, I think have contributed to the work that I’ve done in some of these relationship films.
I can relate to Danny in this new film, because I was him. So when I watched the film I was so happy that I had matured beyond that point in my life. Don’t get me wrong; marriage opens up an entirely different can of worms as it pertains to your evolution as a man. I’ve found that for me, the timing of it was right … that’s all that I can really say. And that’s a personal decision that was not made in haste, because we were together for four years. But when you find someone — and that’s something that is very hard to do … but when you find someone that you actually want to spend the rest of your life with, you have to go for it.
I was just very lucky that the stars lined up for me.
Now that you have made your decision, and you’re happily married, what is a piece of advice that you can give to other men who may be contemplating that next big step?
While, I don’t consider myself a person that should write a book, or give advice on relationships, what I will share is my personal perspective.
What helped me along the way was I had two personal friends of mine whose fiancés died. And I went through a personal struggle where my father got really sick, and I spent a week with him … and it just dawned on me that we don’t have as much time as we think. And when you’re done playing games, and you find someone who has qualities that are much more practical as opposed to romanticized ideals, then you’ve got to hold on to them.
People think that you’re supposed to marry your type … well, I didn’t marry my type. It’s much more practical, and based in a day-to-day existence. So when you have that, and you’re happy, and you love her, don’t waste time. Because time — and I’ve learned that at this point in my life — time is my most precious commodity. Nothing is more precious than time. Because when it runs out … that’s it.
Hmmmm. Sounds like some solid advice from sir Ealy. Kinda makes you wonder what exactly “his type” is though, riiiggght?
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