To say that season two of the Starz/50 Cent executive produced show Power is anticipated is without a doubt a statement! The show has obtained a loyal viewership that borders on cult (I met one guy that claimed he refuses to watch the often compared to Empire as a sign of loyalty) and tonight, June 6th, the second chapter finally begins. Fans have been waiting for nearly a year as of course season 1 ended on a cliff-hanger.
I saw the first episode of season 2 at the June 2 New York screening and it will definitely leave you wanting more, or wishing that it was streaming online in its entirety. Prior to the screening at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square, there was a red carpet affair outside and the entire cast was there, including Power‘s creator, Courtney Kemp Agboh. I got to hear from a few of the male stars on the media trail and they offered afterthoughts about the characters they play and what the fans should or shouldn’t expect this season!
Andy Bean (who plays Greg): “I relate to the character [of Greg] in the sense that he wants something very badly and it’s, it’s not tangible. It happens. I think anyone that’s been [at a crossroads in life] they’re dealing with insecurity. You’ll do anything you can to get what you want.”
“I think that season 2 is going to be fifteen times more exciting and people are going to be surprised.”
50 Cent: (who plays Kanan): “I come out! Because I feel like [I’ve lost] what was once mine; I’m in a higher position prior to [my character] getting incarcerated.”
“My influences [this season are] registered strongly through Tommy (played by Joseph Sikora)’s character. He’s the most honest character in the series. ‘Cause he doesn’t need all that other extra information. He already knows what he wants to do. He’s already associated with that lifestyle. He’s never going to tell on his friend. He’s never going to do those things. It’s a simple plan.”
“A lot of the time [in the show] it’s like gangsters versus lawyers. A gangster is not necessarily a good person, but they do use a moral compass. A lawyer will tell you– shit–they’re in the gray area all the time. [For them], it’s what can I prove, not what can I do? It’s an interesting concept. We’ll see what happens when I get out!”
Sinqua Walls (who plays Shawn): “I mean, this season, Shawn is definitely ready to put on the big boy pants and be a part of the family business.”
(On his character’s relationship with Tasha): “We definitely do a lot more driving this season! (season 1 will explain this reference). I don’t know how active the partition will be this season. Maybe we won’t have one this season. I’m just saying! Maybe we took it down. We have a whole new car…But, it’s going to expand from where it was last year. Maybe friendship.”
(On Shawn’s sense of mentor and parental loyalty): “I think it’s going to be a tough task because obviously you have his dad, biologically, and his father who knows him who basically raised him, so he’s going to be torn already from two worlds from season 1 to season 2. And that’s going to expand this season because he’s going to have to hold on to more secrets. So Shawn’s like aka “Mr. Secret.”
“I know this season will definitely unfold this. But he is desperate to make his dad proud even though he didn’t have him in his life. It’s a natural relationship. You want to make your parents happy.”
(On Shawn’s limits): “No! Shawn has no limits! But–the writers don’t know that yet. I know that. They don’t already know that I said Shawn has no limits.”
Omari Hardwick (who plays Ghost): “What surprises? Ghost is unraveling this season. I would say that Ghost [comes across] as so calm, cool and collected [and that was] a struggle of sorts [for him] last year. To the young, male viewers of the show, he does bad stuff in a really good, really calm way. This year, he unravels a bit. Curtis (“50 Cent”), who’s Kanan, is out this year. [He can’t be that same guy he was last year].”
(On Ghost’s philandering ways): “He’s definitely a husband but not legally divorced. He’s definitely a cheater. And he’s definitely a father. You see, what happens [with a question like that], you’re asking how the character feels about it but your insinuating how does Omari feel by asking that. In reality, Omari would have to look at the guy and go, ‘Well, he’s all of those things.’ If I signed up for him. He’s a cheater. But he definitely feels that Angela is the love of his life.” (In season 1, Ghost is married to Tasha and has three children with her. But when he runs into Angela, his teenage sweetheart at the NY club he owns, Ghost begins an affair with her).
“He’s ironically, you can’t ever blame a character that is married to a woman and not feel that the woman that is the mother of your child is not something uniquely or categorically kept exclusive. She’s this prized possession. She birthed your kids. You’re a human. You understand how a man feels about the person who’s had babies with that person. Equally, you probably understand what it feels like to be championed by someone who believes in every dream you’ve ever had. Every goal you’ve ever had. So, I think there lies why people are into this character.”
“And that #TeamAngela? That’s all women! (Online, fans created #TeamTasha and #TeamAngela over the love triangle). I ain’t with none of that “team” crap, [but] women are like, ‘I was the girl.’ And it tells on the person who’s rooting for her. ‘I was the girl that was championing a person chasing dreams.’ ‘I was the ride or die who was there for all that mess and dirt.’ Tasha’s (played by Naturi Naughton) been there through all the mess and dirt. Angela roots for [Ghost’s] clean life. So it’s juggle between them. It is what it is. You can’t pick one over the other. Watch the show!”
(On how he relates to Ghost): “Omari is extremely ambitious. Definitely literary. Not dumb. Ghost is a really bright guy. I think he’s smarter than me. A doting father. I’m definitely really into my kids, and he’s that. You know, those characteristics of being someone who knows right from wrong but still at times is…I don’t think if I could’ve played this guy if I hadn’t had my own moments of foot stepping in dirt and feeling some shame and knowing I’ve hurt some people in life. What man hasn’t? What man of interest hasn’t? Those men that haven’t are pretty boring right? I wouldn’t have gotten hired if I was too boring. I know him pretty well. I know Ghost pretty well. I haven’t sold drugs and I don’t shoot people.”
(On Power’s influence on its male viewers): “Man up. You gotta really man up. There are a lot of 50-year-old boys in the world. I am not at all in an interview saying that I haven’t been very boyish at times, definitely at my age and what I should be doing in life, so it’s a part of the journey. But I will say that there are way too many 50-year-old boys that are in the club doing bullshit. So I would say man up. Get extremely decisive. If you can’t figure out how to get decisive, delegate somebody that can help you figure things out. Ghost uses Tommy to get him that right. So just figure out how to not use anybody to get you that right. When you’re brushing your teeth and looking back at the mirror, figure out how to get you that right.”
Louis Antonio Ramos (who plays Carlos “Vibora” Ruiz): “It’s about a lot of different types of power. The power of women. The power of men over women. The power over work. The power of the street life. They are lot of different things going on, but in our world? It’s about who’s got the biggest balls. Who’s got the biggest risk. And we’re going to find that out about all these guys this season. Who takes the biggest risk?”
“And any surprises? You’re going to have to wait and see! But it’s exciting. It’s going to be very exciting. A lot of things happen. I think the first episode of the second season is worthy of a season finale. I think it’s that good. Because the thing is–and this I can let you know–everybody is game. From the cops, to the dealers, to Tommy. Everyone gets pulled back and exposed. And it’s on. When you expose somebody’s nerves, anything can happen. Fireworks!”
I also got a chance to catch up with Lucy Walters, who plays troublemaker and Tommy’s girlfriend, Holly. She was one of the last stars of the show to hit the red carpet and was super bubbly!
(On what to expect from Holly after getting shot in the season 1 finale): “I have nooooo idea! Nooo idea! [The writers] are keeping her top-secret. But if she prefers, or occurs to come back, you’ll be pleased to know that she is, really, really [different about her] relationship [with Tommy]. It’s really, really intense this season. If she comes back. I’ not saying! I’m not saying!”
(On how closely she relates to her character): “She has helped me find my inner bad-ass. Like, she has been awesome for me. For my growth as an actor, she’s just like confrontational in a way that I wish I were and that I am learning to be. I feel like I’m learning a lot from her.”
“I’m really proud of the show. And Courtney [the creator], she’s, she’s pretty bad-ass.”
(On whether she’s #TeamTasha or #TeamAngela): “Oh man! That’s so hard! Because, I’m trying to think about it as a person and as an actor. Holly…doesn’t support either of those girls. At all! I don’t think Holly does well with other girls period. But, yeah, as a fan, I don’t know! It’s hard to chose favorites also because I love those ladies [the actors], both individually. (Naughton plays Tasha and Lela Loren plays Angela). So, it’s not even about Tasha or Angela. So that was a non-answer! (Laughs).
Watch the season 2 trailer for Power and it begins tonight on Starz at 9:OOPM EST.