The Game just got sexier with their newest cast member, Jay Ellis.
Ellis joined the show’s cast as Bryce “Blue” Westbrook, the number #1 draft pick to join the Sabers in exchange for the trade of Derwin “Ding-Dong” Davis.
Our sadness for Pooch Hall’s departure was quickly subsided with this 6’4″ actor’s good looks, great body, and talent. Not to mention the actor shows us everything he’s working with as he goes full monty on the season’s first episode.
We got the chance to catch up with him and learn about his experience joining The Game and understanding his personal “game” when it comes to the ladies.
VIBE Vixen: What was your initial reaction when you found out you got the part?
Jay Ellis: I was blown away. It was a long process; it took about 7 to 8 weeks from my initial audition to the time I got the phone call. It was one of those things that was going on and on so when I got the phone call I couldn’t believe it because it seemed like the process was never going to end. When that was the end of it and it was me getting to go work on a show I’m a huge fan of, I was completely blown away.
Who was your favorite character when watching the show?
My favorite character watching the show has to be Jason Pitts. Jason has such a strong point of view and his truth is just so real to him. We all know people like that.
How do you feel about having Lauren London as your love interest?
It’s cool. I’ve seen her work outside of The Game so when I got the opportunity to work with her I was excited because: A. I think she’s a great actress and B. it’s not hard going to work with a beautiful girl everyday. She’s a sweetheart and taking this journey with her as two new people joining the show has been absolutely amazing.
Who’s the funniest on set?
It’s somewhere between Brandy [Norwood] and Wendy [Raquel Robinson]. It’s one of those two for sure. I’m blown away at their energy level. Especially Brandy because she’ll perform and then come work four days on set and then travel and perform again and come back. But as soon as they walk on set they light up the room with jokes. So it has to be one of them for sure.
Can you give an example?
Brandy would scream”touch the world”, for a week or two when she walked on stage. You could be all the way across the room but you knew that Brandy just walked in. Someone in props ended up making these “touch the world” buttons and giving everybody one to wear on their shirts one day as a surprise for Brandy. The entire crew and a couple of cast members had it and she did a whole “touch the world” performance for like 5-minutes. It was hilarious.
What’s your workout regimen?
It’s pretty intense. I’m in the gym six days a week. From the time I got the job to the time we started production, I put on 15-pounds. I lift, I run, I jump rope, I do yoga sometimes; I mix it up as much as possible so it doesn’t get monotonous. I really believe your body is just as much an instrument as your mind.
Confident but not overly-confident. I like a woman who stands on her own. She works, she’s proud of the things she does, she doesn’t need anybody to validate her but at the same time she’s humble. I love a smart woman; I love a woman that can have a conversation about politics, religion, TV, or art. I workout a lot, I like a woman who works out too, it doesn’t have to be my kind of regimen but I like a woman who takes pride in how she looks.
What type of game do you use to attract a young lady?
I don’t think I use anything. I’m told that I’m very matter-of-fact. I believe in courtship. I believe in picking girl up and taking her to dinner and going out on a date. So I don’t believe I use any game necessarily to talk to a girl as much as I would walk up and say ‘Hey, how you doing? My name is Jay. I saw you standing over here and wanted to introduce myself.’ If it’s received it’s received, if not I move on.
What’s one item every lady needs in her wardrobe?
Heels. Some sexy, black, with a skinny heel and platform on it. I prefer a closed-toe and I need more than a kitten [heel], at least a 4-inch heel. I’m a tall dude so that also plays into it.
What’s your personal theme song?
“Ambition” by Wale. I believe ambition is more than just having a dream but going to get your dream at any cost. I believe that with it we can achieve anything we want and conquer circumstances.
What will you be involved in next?
I’m working on a few projects. Ultimately I want to spend the summer working on a feature [film]. Outside of that, I’m going to go to Africa with this charity and digging wells in Tanzania. And I’m involved in other charity work that I really wanted to do for a while.
Nice! Tell us about your involvement with charities?
I really believe the little things we do along the way helps generations. I believe that what I have is a gift, and if I’m not using it to empower people and make others lives better than I’m not doing my job.