Add Larenz Tate’s name to the growing number of actors, including Halle Berry, Nia Long, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who are making the move from the big screen to the small screen.
38 year old Tate stars on USA Network’s new medical drama, Rush, as Dr. Alex Burke, a “straight laced” family man who’s best friends with the lead character of the show.
He opened up to the Grio’s Chris Witherspoon about the seemingly new trend of film stars taking on TV roles.
“We go where the good work is and where we can pay those bills,” Tate jokingly said. “I think that television is allowing actors from the film world to find things that we couldn’t normally find in a movie. Not only are the actors moving on to television; the writers, the big time producers and filmmakers of Hollywood movies are moving into television.”
In addition to talking about his character on Rush, Tate revealed that he’s been in talks to do a sequel to his 90s cult classic romantic drama Love Jones, starring Nia Long.
“Love Jones is a great thing to do if we can catch the lightning in a bottle…it happened with The Best Man,” said Tate.
“I think if we found the right take on the story and the script was right, it would be nice to do. It’s been something that Nia and I have been approached about and we’ve been talking about trying to do. We’ll see what happens”
In the mean time, tune in to USA Thursday nights 9/8c to catch Tate in action.
This post originally appeared on TheGrio.com