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Lovell Adams-Gray is comfortable in his skin with ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ role

Lovell Adams-Gray says it’s an honor and a privilege to play Dru in ‘Power’

Lovell Adams-Gray plays Dru in “Power Book II: Ghost,” and with the final season approaching, many are wondering how his story and others will end. With the third season ending in a shootout, no one is considered safe, and Gray says don’t expect everyone to come out “unscathed.”

Adams-Gray spoke with rolling out about his character, the final season of “Power Book II: Ghost,” and what he values as an actor.

When did you find out that this would be the final season of “Power Book II”?

I tend to have a hankering for these things. I had an instinct that this was going to be the end. When we wrapped the fourth season, the energy felt different. It felt like we were saying bye and “I’ll see you when I see you” type of energy. It felt different. Every season we wrapped it was like, “Yeah, I’ll see you at the next one.” Even if we didn’t know we were going to come back, we felt like we were going to, and this time, I had a feeling. The vibes were just different, and it felt like we were completed in a way. When they made the announcement, I was like, “Gotcha.”

What should people expect in season four?

They should expect a direct continuation of how season three ended. Everyone’s kind of in the doghouse right now. There was that shootout to end the season, and there are a lot of questions, and a lot of things up in the air. A lot of things are kind of left on a cliffhanger. Expect not everyone to come out unscathed.

How was that experience for you playing a gay character?

As an actor, I believe that every role that we get to play tells a story or we get chosen to tell because there are a lot of factors going through the audition process. Every story we get chosen to tell is an honor and a privilege, so the fact that I got to step into Dru’s shoes and got to bring him to life for these last four years has been nothing short of that.

Why is it important for an actor to be comfortable in his skin?

I think it’s a testament to what I’m about as an actor. I’m about the craft; I care about the work; I care about the work that I do; I care about the ability for people to be seen and heard on screen, and to see themselves. If I can be a part of that…it fills my soul.

What do you stand for as an actor?

I believe in working hard. I believe in taking care of your craft, taking care of your family, and taking care of business. I believe as much as you knock the door will be open. This is what was said in the Scripture. You knock on the door, and it will be open to you. You have to continue going — we have to continue going — for what you believe in, going after your craft, and going after your dreams, and you will get that answer, eventually. I believe that a lot of the time, people give up too soon, especially actors. I see a lot of actors, right when they’re about to get there, they turn back. I want to see more actors going forward because there’s a lot of opportunity out there. They’re making more content. They’re making more content for people of color, and there are more opportunities than ever before, and if you want to pursue this thing and want to see yourself on screen and tell stories and be a great actor, it’s possible. I truly believe that.

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