Wesley Jonathan thinks TV viewers will be able to relate to his character in TV Land’s “The Soul Man.”
“I think people will like it if they actually watch it. It’s a good show about a family who is used to the fast life of a celebrity R&B singer who’s now got the calling, and we have to adjust to this new way—which is a better way—but it’s not easy,” Wesley told Sister 2 Sister.
The 33-year-old actor said the characters on the sitcom are “straddling the fence” between spiritual and secular, something “most of us on this planet tend to do.”
“The Soul Man” follows Cedric the Entertainer, who plays a former R&B singer turned church leader. Niecy Nash is his loving wife, and Wesley plays Cedric’s younger brother.
“I play Stamps Ballentine,” Wesley said. “He’s a freeloader. He’s like Tommy from ‘Martin.’ He dresses fly. He’s trying to adjust to his celebrity brother being a minister and preacher. Deep down he wanted to be an R&B star like Cedric’s character.”
Does that mean Wesley will be singing alongside Cedric in the series?
“I sing for fun. I don’t take it seriously,” said Wesley, who once thought he’d be like Michael Jackson. “I thought I was going to be a singer. Acting fell in my lap,” said the Roll Bounce and “City Guys” star.
While Wesley has recently starred in a few films, including Dysfunctional Friends and Speed Dating, he’s glad to be returning to TV in the network’s first original series featuring a Black cast.
“It’s making its way back,” he said about scripted TV. “It’s a slow crawl, but I’m glad to see it doing so.”
Wesley talks more about his role on "The Soul Man," premiering 10 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 20. Watch.
What would a date with Wesley be like? Find out in the August 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister.
—Tracy L. Scott