Derek Luke, who stars on this season of the TNT drama “HawthoRNe,” wants to be the kind of performer whose body of work inspires generations.
“I would like to be thought of as a man who is empty of purpose before I leave this earth; like there will be no other Derek Luke. Like Michael Jordon retired his number forever, I believe when you do what God has designed you to do, artistically generations will never be left the same,” he told WKYSdc.com radio.
With roles in classic films like Antwone Fisher, Glory Road and Notorious, to name a few, Derek may be well on his way.
While there used to be more of a stigma attached to actors who switched from film to TV, Derek isn’t worried his move to the small screen will hurt his career.
“The rules of TV and film and crossing over have totally changed. I believe this is one of the greatest times in cinema, because the stigmas have been totally erased. The lines aren’t drawn how they were years prior. You can do whatever you want,” he said.
Derek’s in good company with actors such as Halle Berry, Idris Elba, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson all signed on to or considering TV roles for the upcoming fall season.
As for his role on “HawthoRNe,” Derek said his character, Miles Bourdet, is a well-rounded one—the kind fans don’t often get to see portrayed by Black actors.
“The storyline, as far as my character, touches on being a professional, a father and a husband at the same time. I’m looking forward to addressing topics like that and just having fans and audiences respond to situations that are perhaps true to them,” he said.
—Tracy L. Scott