You're no stranger to showing off your vocal skills in projects and films... If you were able to be in a musical super group in real life, who could you see yourself pairing up with?
Aww, man... If I had to go with guys who are out there, who I would like to be on stage with, then it would be myself, Tyrese, and Johnny Gill. I would probably put together something with myself and all the dark skin brothers in the game. We'd calls ourselves "Two Shades Removed From Grey" [laughs]. We would be the sexiest thing in the music game since the book.
On the show, your character and his family touch on the dynamic of having a relationship with your family while keeping it Christ-like. Do you have any advice for parents who are facing that dilemma in their own homes?
There's a lot going on in the world today, and it takes a great balance to navigate those worlds. I do think that people have the choice to be in-tune with one another. There is this new thing, though, that I can suggest: unplug from all technology and spend time really loving and understanding each other. I think those things can really help a family. Hell, any family for that matter. You always have to add that spiritual aspect element into your life, and it doesn't mean you have to be a holy roller too. You do want to have that element of having some spiritual aspect to your existence. Knowing that those blessings come from a higher power can help balance one's life out and help you meditate some of the other craziness that's going on in the world. That influence can influence your kids and even your marriage.
With that said, congratulations on becoming the new host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire! When do you begin production with that?
I begin taping with them this August, and we roll out episodes as early as September.
Trivia games themselves are unique because nowadays you can instantly search for answers. You can even get them beforehand, if you know how to use Google correctly. Are you and the team behind Millionaire going to change the format of the show that would fit a 21st Century model? Or would you keep it as is?
Most of the formula of the show is going to stay the same, truthfully. We're going to do a few other things that will make it harder for people to come up with easy answers. We've already got rid of the lifeline—where you can call a friend and get an answer from them. Because of that, it stops someone from consulting Google for the answer and have it ready for you, y'know?! A lot of the things that will go into making Millionaire will be things that happen inside the studio. I'm pitching them ideas on how to mix things up. I want to play these quick-hit games with random people in the audience where they have no idea what to expect. The audience will come into the studio and they'll be qualified to win certain things. I'll have a few people that I have already picked out and they won't even know it. So, even if you are a knowledgeable person, we're going to catch you up right in the headlights. You won't really even have a chance to Google an answer. And, even if you thought you were well-prepared, you won't see what we have coming and that will throw you off. We're hoping to plan those little surprise moments so that they can be interesting for the audience to watch on television. Our hope is for someone, who is watching from home, to think to themselves, "Aww, I would have been ready!" So, we can be like, "Naw, bruh, you wouldn't have been ready. You had no idea this was coming at all."
Being that life still feels like a recession still, can we up the prize money to four million dollars, or something like that?
[Laughs] Yeah, I wish! After taxes, you're not left with much, and you need to get back into the game to make more money. You'd need to win twice just to pay the taxes.