His new project may be starring in HBO Max’s “Love Life,” but William Jackson Harper will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t usually seek out relationship stories.
“Rome-coms are not what I go to,” the actor said. “I like a lot of lasers and monsters and stuff like that.”
After watching the first season starring Anna Kendrick, Harper was attracted to the complete story arc by someone navigating their careers, self-identities and, yes, their love life.
“The show is really just about someone finding out who they are,” he said.
In season two, which debuted on Thursday, October 28, Harper plays Marcus, whose pleasant marriage abruptly ends, and he is forced to rebuild. He suddenly has his nights and weekends off and really has no idea what to do next. There are many mistakes and unpleasant moments along the way. He hosts an impromptu awkward evening of drinking and dancing for colleagues in the office and goes home with a college student to her dorm room. All the while Marcus longs for Mia – played by Jessica Williams – who seems to challenge and intrigue him like no other, but their timing is never right.
“He grows a lot over the course of the season and I found it really interesting,” said Harper, who is also the executive producer of the second season. “I think it’s really important to see it. At an age where I think we’re somehow told we should have figured things out, a lot of us just don’t. We’re growing still and still changes us. really love it. “
Viewers will quickly learn in season two how Marcus is connected to Kendrick’s Darby. Harper says he and his co-stars would try to guess who in his character’s world could lead a potential season three.
In the second season of HBO Max’s “Love Life”, Harper takes over the lead role as Marcus Watkins, a man who has to pick up the pieces after his marriage falls apart.
– Associated Press
“I’m sure they’re brainstorming now and I’m really curious where they’re going next time,” he said. Like Kendrick in season two, Harper would be a game that appeared in a third season.
The 41-year-old, best known for his Emmy-nominated role on NBC’s “The Good Place” opposite Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, is trying to pick projects that challenge him. Prior to “Love Life”, he starred in Barry Jenkins’ “The Underground Railroad” for Amazon.
“Every job that is presented to me – I kind of consider, ‘Is this something I’ve done before, or is this something completely different from the last thing I did?’ I will always lean more towards that which is completely different, “Harper explained. “That’s the fun of being an actor. You’ve going to try different people. I want to do it as much as I can.”
“Love Life” was also the first time that Harper, as the lead role, was at the top of a call sheet for a job.
“I’ve worked with some really amazing No. 1s, so I feel like I had an idea of what creates an environment where everyone feels able to do their best work,” Harper said. “Besides just being the most on the set and having to have the most dialogue, you also set a tone. A great attitude on the set resonates through everything and everyone. People feel safe and secure by trying things. They make interesting choices and take “some big swings. It was a turn to help set that tone,” he said.
Harper is currently filming a top-secret project in London that he says does not look like “Love Life”. He says that if he elaborates, “he will end up in the trunk of a car and drive to a bridge, where I get very strict in talking to him. I try not to have any of that.”
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