Love is in Your Face? The Soul Man’s Second Season

WesleyJohnathan_resizedWesley Jonathan is P-H-I-N-E!! But of course you know that from his previous role as Sweeeetness from Roll Bounce.  Check him out Wednesdays at 11 p.m. on TVLand as Stamps, the brother of Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, played by Cedric the Entertainer on “The Soul Man.”  We caught up with him Friday afternoon at the end of a busy day.  Here’s what he had to say about the show, his most memorable moment, and current projects he’s working on. How you doing Wesley ? What’s good?

WJ: “I’m good. How are you?” I’m good.  I’m good. You’re in Cali, right?

WJ: “Yes.” Are you going to the 2013 BET Awards?

WJ: “I don’t know. I know I’m going to Cedric’s comedy show, but I don’t know if I’m going to the awards…I’m not really an awards dude..they’re more work than they are fun.” Really? I was going to say you gotta go.  Er’ body and their mama are going to be there, you know.

WJ: “The only way I would go is for show purposes only. But if it was left up to Wesley, I’d rather not.” Alright, I feel that. Well, congratulations on the second season of “The Soul Man.”

WJ: “Thank you, appreciate you.” The season premiere is Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11 p.m. on TVLand. Are you excited about it?

WJ: “Am I excited? I don’t know if excitement is the word, but I know I’m grateful to be back for round two, maybe anxious to see what people think of it in comparison to the first season. I personally think this season is funnier than last season.  I would say I’m more or less curious and grateful.” Yeah, you’ve definitely been blessed with a long career in the entertainment business.  Do you feel like you and the other cast members have cool chemistry…you and Ced?

WJ: “Yeah, I mean…have you watched the show? What do you think? Do you think that me and Cedric have good chemistry?” Lol. Yes! but, I don’t know how it is on the show…

WJ: “Oh, you mean off the screen.” Yeah. Yeah.

WJ: “Oh, yeah we’re all good. We have a great time. We have fun.  Everybody is down to earth. No egos.  Its all good.” I was just going say it reminds me of “Martin,” you know those shows where it seems real natural, it doesn’t seem like you’re acting. Its like something that would happen in my house.

WJ: “Real conversation.” Yeah. So, what’s going with your character Stamps? Can we look forward to more ab action or will he be catching the Holy Ghost?

WJ: “Yes, he will be taking off his shirt and there is a budding romance that they’ve written into the show for me. Then there’s the fact that I have now moved into the house with Cedric and Neicy.” So no Holy Ghost?

WJ: “Well, so far that ain’t happening, maybe season 3, but right now Stamps is not Holy Ghosting.” Wesley, you always seem to get those roles where your audience gets to enjoy the “eye candy” of which your body. Does that bother you at all?

WJ: “Well, I tell you for the first time I do feel like that.  I felt like after one episode, two episodes I was like, “I don’t wanna do that again!” But overall, no. I don’t mind.  Whatever get people going to watch it I’m down.  I don’t care.” Are you working on any other projects or calendars?

WJ: “No, no calendars. Yeah, I have a stage play that I completed that’s gonna be airing on BET called “Four Play,” starring myself, Jaleel White and Tommy Ford from Martin.  I have an animated web series cartoon called the LeBrons. We just finished our second season. I’m the leading voice and LeBron James is in the cartoon.  I’m producing a film in July called “Gutter,” and I’m hoping to have Vanessa Bell Calloway, Paula Jai Parker, be a part of this film. I’m also executive producing a short film. Where does the nickname Nucci come from?

WJ: “Nuc-ci, is pronounced just like the designer Gucci.  Its a nickname my mother gave me when I was a baby.  She got it by baby talking me one day and said the word Nucci and it stuck.  That’s the story she gave me. I don’t know where that came from.” That’s so cute. Are there roles that you would like to play that you haven’t yet had the opportunity to?

WJ: “I would want to play a role that would transform my look-like a cancer or AIDS patient where I could completely change my look and weight. Metamorphosis.  I don’t want to look like me, even if I could wear a lot of make-up and look like a creature.” What was one of your most memorable roles?

WJ: “A co-starring role I played in a television show called Cold Case.  I loved it. It was me, Meagan Good and Vanessa Bell Calloway, Loretta Devine-an all-star cast.  It was a really great episode. It had great music, story drama.  I liked the finished product.” Is there anything that you want your fans to know? Are you married? Do you have kids?

WJ: “Naw, I ain’t got no kids.” Lol.

WJ. “You can tell them that. I ain’t got no babies.” Lol. You don’t want no babies?

WJ: “Naw…I’m good.” Oh, okay.

WJ: “Maybe one day…Ha!” I don’t think even think so the way you laughed.

WJ. “Lol. Well, what I want the people to know, I don’t like the word “fan”, is to watch Soul Man on TVLand Wednesdays at 11 p.m.! If you can’t watch it, DVR it.”

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