EXCLUSIVE: Tyrese Talks Real Life Connection to First Acting Role in ‘Baby Boy’

by Sarah Flanigan 8:51 PM PDT, March 23, 2015
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Tyrese Talks Real Life Connection to First Acting Role in ‘Baby Boy’

Before Tyrese returns to the big screen in Furious 7, in theaters April 3, the actor/singer/model is reminiscing about where his acting career all began, in the 2001 cult classic Baby Boy.

ETonline has an exclusive clip of Tyrese in this Wednesday’s new episode of TV One’s Unsung Hollywood where the actor goes in depth about playing 20-year-old Jody Summer, an unemployed bike mechanic who father two children in Baby Boy.

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Tyrese was born in Watts and raised by a single mother. So the role of Jody felt more like reality than acting.

"I didn't really feel like I was acting when I did Baby Boy because everything about Jody was Tyrese," he said of his 2001 film. "I just didn't have any kids at the time."

Tyrese is now a father to 7-year-old daughter Shayla. But back when the movie was released in the summer of 2001, he was just a young guy trying to find his way while experiencing a great deal of loss when his friend died unexpectedly.

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"On Thursday you plan with your boy named Mike, and then on Friday Mike is dead," he said.  "You can’t help but start dreaming and imagining if Mike died, then you’ve got it coming."

The cult classic was Tyrese's big screen debut, along with his on screen love girlfriend turned baby mama turned wife Yvette played by none other than Empire star Taraji P. Henson … aka 'Cookie'.

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Though it had been more than a decade since Tyrese and Taraji played Jody and Yvette, it didn’t stop the handsome actor from throwing it back earlier this month to write an Instagram post to his old co-star.

The best part? He wrote the note in the voice of Jody.

You can watch the full episode of Unsung Hollywood when it airs Wednesday on TV One!