Imagine having to choose between your life-long passion and the love of your life. Probably wouldn’t be able to make such a tough call, right? Well, Lance Gross was forced into the decision in his most recent independent feature The Last Fall. In the Matthew Cherry-directed film, Gross plays a 25-year-old retired NFL player whose financial slump finds him moving back home with his mother (Vanessa Bell Calloway) and falling back in love with his ex-girlfriend (Nicole Beharie). But when a call comes in from his agent to revive his dream again, he weighs healing his broken family and rebuilding with his first love or finding fame (and money) back on the turf.
Gross delves into one of his most honest roles to date. On the surface, the love storyline intertwined with life’s hardship is a heard-it-all-before tale of a down-and-out character finding the silver lining in life but this particular version has a healthy amount of vulnerability and a dose of humor for a clap-clap-bravo moment at the credits.
Vixen caught up with the chocolate cutie for a chat about his most respected role, the athletes who he admires and why he salutes (one of our faves!) Kerry Washington. — Niki McGloster