If you ever find yourself about to interview Morris Chestnut. Do not. I repeat. DO NOT GOOGLE HIM. It seems innocent enough to want to make sure you have your facts straight. But what you may forget is that he had an 8-pack and is shritless in low slung sweats in a scene in Best Man Holiday. And that image will pop right up as you diligently try to be a professional.

And then he will be in your ear laughing at your lame jokes and you will be starring at his 8-pack in front of you. And then you would ask your questions and fight to ignore he really is smart, and thoughtful and charming. A lethal combination if you fell in love with Lance Sullivan over a decade before and realize that the man who plays him is even better. And then you might have to go tell a coworker that you’ve been charmed. And find yourself actually laying on her floor. Not that this happened to me. I just imagine this could happen.

So again. Say it with me. DON”T GOOGLE MORRIS CHESTNUT.

Here’s the interview I did with him for ESSENCE.com

And I had to ask what about his wife made him realize he could see a future for them.

His response: I have been with my wife for a number of years now and the number one thing that keeps us strong is a mutual respect; that is first and foremost. I would like to think of myself as pretty perceptive because when I am in different types of situations, I am always watching and listening more than I am talking.  And when I met my wife, there were a lot of qualities I was paying attention to. I knew that she would be a great mother just for how she cared for her nephew and her family.  She respected her mother and she respected her family and those were some of the initial qualities that I saw that I thought would make her a great partner.

Me: What is one thing that we as women might be surprised to know about men?
Morris: What would be important is for women to understand that men don’t have it all figured out. There are so many different dynamics to a woman and so many different things that women in general go through that men just don’t understand. I like to call it beautifully complex. Unless a woman is involved with a straight knuckle head, sometimes you just need to be a little bit more patient with a man or a potential partner because he may not be as perceptive or he may not be as informed as it seems.

 

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