If you’ve ever seen the TV show “What I Like About You,” you know him as Gary. If you’ve ever seen “Roll Bounce” you know him as SWEEEETNESSSS!!! Recently, I got to speak with Wesley Johnathan and got to know some interesting things about the man behind the characters we know and love so much.
What was your most challenging role?
“I would say between Roll Bounce, and a play I did called What Goes Around, Comes Around. The reason why I say Roll Bounce is because I had to train so hard [on skates] 8 a.m. everyday to get the stunts right. That was really brutal. And also, if you think about it, I didn’t really speak until the end of the film. Everything is reaction. So, to make myself present, without having anything to say, was real difficult.
But, then again, I did this part for this play, it aired on BET. It was shot like a TV show, but it was a play starring Tony Rock, so a lot of comedy. You have to be dramatic, you change every scene, it’s crazy, the change is fast.”
What advice do you have for teens that aspire to become actors/actresses?
“Put yourself in a position, location-wise, where opportunities can happen in order to become an actress or an actor. You gotta go to where it’s at. You gotta go to New York, you gotta go to California, you gotta go to Atlanta, where opportunities can happen.”
What were you like as a teen?
“I was different. I was my own person. I didn’t follow. I wasn’t big on peer pressure. I did what I wanted to do. I was well into business with shows like Smart Guy, Moesha, Sister Sister, and The Parenthood. Things of that nature. I was a workaholic when I was a teenager. I just wanted to work. I wanted to do what I love to do. I didn’t really get into parties until I was like 19.”
What type of music do you like?
“I love old school R&B. I like some jazz. I like smooth jazz.”
And here’s a bonus question for all his female fans.
Are you single?
“Yes… yes, I am.”
Single huh? Hmmm… Well, Wesley Jonathan is currently starring in Soul Man with Cedric The Entertainer which airs on TV Land, on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Also, he has a new movie called Cobu. Plus, he is the star of the new movie Budz House. So, put them all on your watchlist.