Nate Parker has no time for funny business. The 34-year-old actor has already stacked his IMDb profile with serious projects like Red Hook Summer and Red Tails, and is directing a Nat Turner biopic called The Birth Of A Nation. Near the top of his credit list lies Beyond The Lights, the romantic drama created by Love & Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood.
The Norfolk, Virginia, native plays hero in the film as Officer Kaz Nichols, who saves superstar Noni Jean (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) from a suicide attempt and eventually falls for her. Clichés aside, the two are brilliant on the big screen and prove black love is alive and well. Here, Parker dishes on working with Hollywood’s new bae, tackling a music career and why his work serves a higher purpose.
Check out Parker’s full interview over at VIBE.
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