EXCLUSIVE! Will ILYIW's Larry Meet His Maker? Donovan Christie Jr. Talks Acting, Joining Power, Married Life & More!

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Donovan Christie Jr. is an actor best known for his many primetime roles. His list of acting credits include appearances on shows such as; Elementary, The Good Wife, Audition, Public Morals and more. He is probably best known for his role as Larry on Tyler Perry's hit primetime drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong'. Soap Opera News caught up with the talented actor who was nothing more than pleasant to chat about his acting career, his new gig on 'Power', upcoming projects, if he would ever do a daytime role, married life and so much more. Read the full interview below!

Your character is probably one of the most disliked characters on 'If Loving You Is Wrong' right now and with good reason, how do you find it playing the character of Larry?

My approach to any character that I embody is to authentically speak their truth. I am never too consumed with whether or not the character is liked or disliked, and more so with revealing the layers that make them human. Larry has a lot of layers, as we all do. What's refreshing about embodying him as a character is his relentless desire to be true to who he is as a person, a lawyer and a friend. His actions, as far as I am concerned all come from a good place. He is also extremely ambitious, quick-witted, and loyal which I think at times works against him because his idea of what is right or wrong doesn't necessarily align with everyone else's which more often times than not, puts him in a compromising position to "fix" things. He is comfortable with his reality and is always pushing people to be comfortable with their own even if it means putting them in an uncomfortable circumstance. With Larry, one way or another you will learn about yourself. . . whether you like it or not.

Many viewers are worried that Larry will soon meet his maker, anything you can tease in that regard?

Larry is a thrill seeker and an extremist . . . There is nothing he wouldn't try or hasn't tried for that matter. He is also very calculated and patient which is a ruthless combination. . .  

How about a stable love interest for Larry, would you like to see that? And, who would you want to see him with?

Larry is a happily married man. He loves his wife, and I believe they have a very clear understanding of who they married and their relationship. It is that stability that allows him to be so unstable. I call it calculated recklessness. . . if that's even a thing.  

Can you share what it's been like being a part of the cast of the hit Tyler Perry drama series?

Man, It has been quite a ride! Mr. Perry's studio runs like a well-oiled machine. There is a very vibrant energy that radiates from the place, and it all starts with love, an ambitious desire to succeed and the will to do the job well. There's not much time to take it all in; you just have to hit the ground running, but it's not hard to do when you're surrounded by a family that you know has your back. It's work. . . I mean, you are going to bust your behind! You will be stretched, but, you will and I like to think I have come out a better person and actor for it.

Apart from that, we recently learned that you booked a role on 'Power' for its upcoming season which premieres later this year. Can you tell us a little bit more about joining the show, the character you play and what fans can expect from this gig?

Totally different experience, as well as a different character but none the less one that challenged me as a person and an artist. I really enjoyed "rawness" and "visceral reality" of playing a grieving parent. I was pushed to an uncomfortable place. . . a dream for most actors. It is without question, work that I am proud of.

Do you have other upcoming gigs that fans can look forward to? A movie role perhaps?

Oh, the life of an artist. . . It is filled with lots of uncertainty and unanswered questions. . .one of the reasons I embrace the art and the journey. My life informs my art, and my art informs my life. To answer your question, I have been working on an independent Christian film called "Praize" written, directed and produced by Thomas Goggins (Instagram: Praize2017). I am also slated to work on another film later in the year, but the details haven't been finalized just yet (#staytuned). If you want to check out more work I have done, you can catch me on Netflix's "The Get Down" as DJ Carlo Pakoussa or BET's online web series "Brooklyn.Blue.Sky" as August; produced, written, and directed by Rhavynn Drummer and Dui Jarrod. One of my most recent acknowledgments came in September when I took home a best actor in a web series award by the Sita Awards first annual web series award show based in New York for my role as Pastor Conner in the Christian web series  "The First Lady"; produced and written by Terri Cann-Adofo which also walked away with the Best Web Series award. You can find the whole series on Youtube if it so pleases you.

Have you ever considered playing a role on daytime television whether it's fulltime, a guest arc or a recurring one? We have soap operas such as The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful - which show could you see yourself on and what type of role would you like to play?

I like drama. . . who doesn't like drama!?. . . I can be a bit particular about the roles I play. None the less I would be open to working on any of the daytime drama shows mentioned. If I felt there was something for us all to gain from the character. It's not just about the work, it's about what I am leaving in the universe. What can people gain from the character? How can it help not only myself grow, but the people who are watching as well? I enjoy playing complex characters who are torn between dilemmas. Often characters that you want to hate, but have a hard time hating. I enjoy the challenge of trying to make a bad guy relatable.

Donovan and his wife Briana Swann Christie

You're also gearing up to celebrate your 3rd wedding anniversary later this year - what has married life been like so far? Any kids in the future lol?

Marriage is beautiful, and I have most certainly been blessed with a very supportive and encouraging partner. It ain't easy, but that is the beauty of it. We challenge each other to be better. It is the gift that keeps on giving. I told my wife the other day, that since we have been together, all I have been doing is winning. She's my bottom line, and I am so honored to be taking this ride with her. As far as kids are concerned. . . we leave it to God. We want kids, but right now we are enjoying each other. Check out her book about love; "The Circle and the Line" by Briana Swann Illustration by John Dessereau: Thecircleandtheline.com 24/7

So, with that said - would you like to see Christie on a daytime soap? If so, which one and what role would you like to see him play? Are you enjoying him on 'ILYIW'?


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Soap Opera News: EXCLUSIVE! Will ILYIW's Larry Meet His Maker? Donovan Christie Jr. Talks Acting, Joining Power, Married Life & More!
EXCLUSIVE! Will ILYIW's Larry Meet His Maker? Donovan Christie Jr. Talks Acting, Joining Power, Married Life & More!
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