Darrin Henson Talks Starring in ‘Carl Weber’s The Family Business’ on BET!
Actor Darrin Henson is currently starring as Orland Duncan on “Carl Weber’s, The Family Business,” an 8-part scripted crime series that is non-stop drama on BET (tonight at 9/8c). And Darrin is loving every minute of portraying Orlando as well as working with the show’s impressive cast which includes Ernie Hudson, Valerie Pettiford, Nick Turturro, Amand Asante, Clifton Powell and Tami Roman, to name a few members of this great cast.
Orlando is a handsome hardworking playboy who has just been handed the keys to The Family Business – Duncan Motors, the top black-owned exotic car dealership in the New York Metro area. The show follows the Duncan family, a seemingly upstanding and prestigious black family by day, who emerge as one of New York’s most dangerous crime families by night. “The Family Business,” airs Tuesday night’s on BET and is based on the New York Times best-selling book series by the same name from author bestselling Carl Weber. The title launched 8 books and has sold more than 3 million copies.
Darrin Henson is an actor/dancer and choreography, best known for his role as Lem Van Adams, a struggling street-hustler turned husband, father and businessman, on the hit Showtime network series “Soul Food,” the longest-running drama with a predominantly black cast in television history. Henson emerged on the entertainment scene as a dancer and successful choreographer before launching a career as an actor. He has choreographed music videos for such stars as New Kids on the Block, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, and the Spice Girls and even won and MTV Music Award for choreography on NSYNC’s hit “Bye Bye Bye.”
Here’s what Darrin Henson had to say about portraying Orlando Duncan on Carl Weber’s, The Family Business.”
“This is one of my most favorite characters that I have ever played. Orlando is resourceful and real. He is flawed. He loves his family and will do anything to protect them. I love playing him. He is a man of needs. He needs love, certainty, connection. Like any other man.”
“The Family Business is about The Duncan family. The Duncans are a family of resources. They own an exotic car dealership, they are an affluent family who are part of their community, and they also have issues like any other family. They are involved in many businesses. Businesses that this country has been involved in for years – Narcotics. They have secured “the bag,” so to speak and now they have enemies and have to figure out how to protect their family. But they are a very close, strong and focused family and will pull through this.”
“And, aw man, we have such an amazing, amazing cast. I get to work with Ernie Hudson and my TV Mom Valerie Pettiord, which is just incredible. And I get to work with Michael Jai White, who I have a great and close relationship with. He is like a big brother to me in real life, through training me and just being a good brother. WE have an amazing time on set. It just doesn’t get any better. The experience has just been incredible.”
When asked about acting and dealing with life in Hollywood, Darrin had this to say:
In life there always, opportunities to grow. Acting is something that I do and when you do something you love, you want to be the best at it. The highs are great, but the lows are learning lessons. You can’t have a high without a low, so I appreciate the so-called low’s because it allows for contrast. They push you forward to gaining access to your highs. The air of success is very thin, so you must exercise in order to get there. You have to keep working and practicing your craft to remain in the space. The Law of Attraction is something to study. Practicing the Law of Attraction is something that keeps me going. I always use it. —EurWeb