Q: What sort of research did you do for your role in “Snowfall”?
A: Well, I’ve seen all the (related) movies, from “Boyz N the Hood” and “Menace II Society” … which isn’t John (Singleton, an executive producer of “Snowfall”), but it’s the same world. I have “WC” from Westside Connection, who’s one of the greatest rappers in the world — and he worked with Ice Cube, he lived that life — with regards to the dialect, with regards to the way L.A. kids move and everything like that, the times and the outfits we wear. Everything lends itself to my research.
Q: Where did you get your start as an actor?
A: I started acting four years ago. I initially wanted to be a football player (technically, soccer in Europe), but I got the notorious knee injury. It didn’t work out, and then I went to university — Brunel University (in London) — and there was an amazing actress there who was doing a play. I got the play. And then, my career took off from there. I got the agent, I have a great team, and we have a great vision. And this show is the start of it.
Q: In its depiction of mid-1980s Los Angeles, “Snowfall” has its share of violence. What do you think about the level of violence in the world today?
A: I think violence is everywhere. With regards to the news every day and seeing a different person’s been killed, I think it happens everywhere. When I was growing up and I was around 16 in London, many of my friends passed away … and that’s the same for a kid that grew up in Los Angeles, the same for a kid who grew up in Thailand. I think we just need to come together as a people and not segregate each other’s issues and just focus on making it good everywhere.