In our Q&A series Last callWith some of our favorite celebs, we're getting to the bottom of that last point – from the last time the stars met them to the last song they heard. This week, William Jackson Harper answered our call.
William Jackson Harper first received critical acclaim for his role as the dorky but lovable Chidi on NBCs The good placeand now he's going to be the rom-com lead in his latest film. We broke up. The film that also plays the lead role The young Actress Aya Cash follows a longtime couple named Lori and Doug who decide to end it. The only problem is that they split up shortly before Lori's little sister's wedding. To keep the peace, the two decide to pretend they're still together until the wedding weekend is over. What could go wrong right?
"In the time we are going through, it is a pure escape for people to come together and for things to go well."
William, an avowed “science fiction, fantasy nerd” told POPSUGAR that he doesn't really watch a lot of rom-coms, but that he was really drawn to how We broke up "felt very real" and true to the real relationships. "It felt as messy as long-term relationships can be. But it wasn't difficult either." That being said, he has developed a deeper appreciation for rom-coms over the past year. "Especially at the time we are in, it is a pure escape for people to come together and things to go well," he said. "We've seen so much deaths and so many people unwell in the past year that I've actually seen a few rom-coms here and there. It's just cute and comforting in a way that I usually do Didn't appreciate until last year. "
Now he is completely based on the genre. In addition to the main role in We broke upHe will also star in the second season of HBO Max & # 39; s love life. While the titles certainly approach the rom-com genre in different ways, he admitted that he starred We broke up prepared him for the role in a way. "One of the things I loved about the first season of love life is that it really didn't fit into the idea of a romantic comedy. It was very real in many ways. I think in this regard We broke up feels like a cousin in some ways. Maybe the clutter is something that binds the two parts together for me. "
Before publishing We broke up On April 23rd, we had a chat with William about everything from the last day on set to the last time he caught up with one of his colleagues at The good place. Spoiler: It sounds like the Soul Squad is still very tight after the series ended in January 2020 and that makes us so happy.
What was the last day of shooting? We broke up to like?
We broke up was an exceptionally late night. It was really bittersweet for me because I was having a really good time shooting with everyone. It was such a quick spin. We only shot for 15 days and everyone wanted to go to that party after that and just hang out. We'd hung out on set and had a good time together, but I actually had to fly back to finish The subway. So I had to miss this part, but I was really looking forward to hanging out with everyone. So it was sad.
The last thing you did for love
This is actually recently. My girlfriend and I got away a bit this past weekend and we went to this rural town and we hung out near this lake. My girlfriend wanted to take a walk to this river from this cabin we stayed in and I was scared of this walk just because I'm a black guy in a rural place. Sometimes I think, “Yo, I don't, I don't know how everyone's going to be.” But I did it and definitely joked a lot along the way to keep myself calm. But it was great. We hung out by the river for a while. But I definitely had to swallow my fear for a while (and just be like that): "She wants to see the river. Let's take a look at the river. She has this wonderful weekend planned. I don't have to be a stick in the mud."
Last rom-com you saw (other than We Broke Up)?
I observe The incredible Jessica James. This is the last one I saw. It's been on my list for a while to see it because I think Jessica Williams is such a dope actor.
Last song / album that you heard?
"Step in tomorrow." It's called on this album by Madlib Shades of blue.
Last piece of advice that changed your life?
It actually came from Bryan Cranston. We made a piece called All the Way, and we were in Boston doing a Q&A with some of the students from that school. He said something that was for the students, but I really took it to heart. When he auditioned, he talked about doing a performance instead of getting a job. This change of mind changed things for me. Auditioning was a lot more fun and I felt a lot freer. Even if I got a rejection, I still felt fine, I was doing what I wanted to do, and I was having fun in the room. So I went away with something other than just feeling like I was trying to give them something and they didn't want to.
The last thing you ordered online?
Some briefs from Bombas. I lived out of a suitcase for a while and my girlfriend made fun of my underwear, so of course I need to improve my game a little. So I got a couple of drawers from Bombas.
Last photo on your camera roll?
A picture of my girlfriend and our dog in a waterfall.
The last thing you do before bed?
Unfortunately to see a show during the pandemic. Usually it's the last thing I do before I pass out.
The last time you got hit by the stars?
When Lisa Kudrow was a guest The good place. We had some heavy clubs and I'd been hit by the stars several times before, but Lisa was near the end of our run and I definitely said, "Yo, I know all that this woman has done." I lost my mind. It took a second before it was over.
Last book you read?
Accused by David O. Stewart. It is a history book about the impeachment of Andrew Johnson.
The last thing you did for self-sufficiency?
Well, I've actually had a massage now that I've been vaccinated. So this is not something I usually do, but I have it now.
Last time you caught up with one of yours The good place Costs?
I wrote with Kristen (Bell) and D & # 39; Arcy (Carden) yesterday. Me and Kristen just exchanged a few jokes and pictures and stuff. Then D & # 39; Arcy and I routinely send each other things we think are funny.
Image Source: Courtesy of William Harper Jackson