Sinqua Partitions stars within the new Netflix movie ‘Otherhood’ and spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about working with the legendary and ‘supportive’ Angela Bassett, taking part in Don Cornelius in ‘American Soul,’ and extra.
Sinqua Partitions is a busy man today. His new film, Otherhood, was launched Aug. 2 on Netflix. The 34-year-old performs Matt Walker, the son of Angela Bassett’s character, within the movie. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Sinqua about working alongside Angela and forming that familial bond. He mentioned Angela was “so supportive” all through filming. They didn’t simply play mom and son in Otherhood and name it a day. Angela has “turn into like a mother” to him in real-life as properly.
He additionally not too long ago starred because the legendary Don Cornelius within the BET sequence American Soul. The sequence was not too long ago renewed for a second season. Sinqua opened up about diving deep into taking part in Don Cornelious, the host of Soul Prepare. He talked in regards to the “satisfaction,” “duty,” and “accountability” he felt taking up the position and a lot extra.
What was the dynamic like on the set of Otherhood?
Sinqua Partitions: Truthfully, it was actually familial. We grew to become a household. I feel everyone was forged appropriately to play one another’s respective mom and son, and we had a superb relationship and an important vibe. Angela’s turn into like a mother to me on this business, like an auntie. She’s been so supportive, and that began within the desk learn and has continued even into now. However it was nice, I feel I discovered lots. I knew that coming into it taking a look at her legacy and the profession that she’s created, and in addition simply listening to about her popularity, that I needed to be ready. It was one thing that I used to be actually targeted on, it was one thing that my agent really was actually emphatic about for me, to be sure to do your work in order that she is aware of that although you’re a younger man within the recreation, you respect the craft, you respect her course of, and also you’re grateful for the chance. So I walked in each day ensuring that I used to be on guide utterly and simply flowed together with her and adopted alongside nonetheless I may.
How a lot of your relationship along with your mother and father did you pull to get into character on Otherhood?
Sinqua Partitions: My mom and Angela are very related. They’re very direct, they are often outspoken in what they need to say, and they don’t mince phrases. Angela’s character in Otherhood, Angela in actual life, after which additionally my mom in actual life, they don’t mince phrases they usually don’t hesitate to inform you how they actually really feel. I actually simply type of used that private relationship — if my mother got here to reside with me, what would occur? I keep in mind as soon as, I used to be filming in New York and my mother was like, “I’m going to come back to go to you in New York,” and I mentioned, “All proper, cool, however you’ll be able to’t stick with me.” She goes, “Oh, honey. I might by no means stick with you.” The best way she mentioned it was similar to in the event you’re going to hit me, I’m going to hit you again. I used to be like, properly, now I would like you to stick with me, you already know what I imply? I needed to vary it up. So I undoubtedly noticed a number of her within the character of Carol within the film.
What would you say you discovered most about your relationship along with your mother whereas engaged on this venture?
Sinqua Partitions: I’ve at all times been an individual to only respect the time that I’m given with folks. My mother has been such an influential drive in my life. I don’t suppose I discovered something new, however at all times keep in mind to only worth her much more. To not take these days with no consideration. I understand lots from strolling round as a person right now and a younger man, that a number of the voice that I hear in my head, or a number of the teachings that I apply after I’m interacting with folks or after I’m making selections in my life, are these classes that have been applied by my mom. I feel greater than something I’ve turn into much more grateful and appreciative that she took the time to do what I believed was nagging, and now I understand have been jewels, and I hear them on a regular basis now. So I thank her for these extra.
How did you and Angela join on a motherly degree and what did you be taught probably the most from her?
Sinqua Partitions: Oh, wow! You already know what, we each have been dedicated to the method so the primary desk learn we had at Netflix, we have been launched and immediately I mentioned, “Mother.” She mentioned, “Son.” From there, we simply type of began constructing that. We had one other rehearsal, we simply sat down, talked, and listened to one another, and I feel we each type of got here from that very same college of courtesy and respect. If anybody’s had a chance to fulfill Angela they know that she appreciates all folks that she interacts with, offers you time, offers you grace, offers you courtesy. I type of observe the identical college of thought, so once we talked we simply met as human beings attempting to create this story, and I simply listened. On the finish of the day, your mother and father are put within the place to be stewards over you and educate you one thing, and I gave her that and she or he gave me knowledge on the similar time so it was simple.
You additionally star in American Soul, so is Broadway subsequent for you?
Sinqua Partitions: I’d like to do Broadway. Once more, I feel wanting on the alternative to work with Angela, even utilizing American Soul as the chance to step within the sneakers of Don Cornelius, who’s the character I play on American Soul, I might do my work and put together. I feel on the finish of the day, as an actor all we will do is guarantee that we give all the things we will, to no matter character we’re portraying, no matter story we’re telling. Even with Broadway, I’d guarantee that I carved out the time to sit down down and guarantee that I did all the things I may for nonetheless lengthy that run is and to not cheapen the method in any approach.
You play Don, what does taking part in that position imply to you?
Sinqua Partitions: It means satisfaction, it means duty, and it means accountability. I feel after I take a look at what our present does, but in addition what Don Cornelius did so far as transferring tradition ahead and clearly being a illustration of the black neighborhood at the moment when there was an period of civil rights actions, we’re nonetheless overcoming sure ranges of racial oppression and shade repression. He did one thing that had by no means been completed earlier than. He had an concept that he caught to it with, after which he additionally grew to become a consultant for everybody else and spoke on behalf of everybody else that he felt seemed like him or associated to him, and created one thing that transversed all continents in a approach now. Everybody listens to that kind of music. I’m going discuss to folks in London they usually know Soul Prepare, you discuss to folks in Italy they usually know Soul Prepare. So, there’s an awesome quantity of duty to what he created. Then additionally, any time you step into somebody’s sneakers to honor their legacy… Don’s now not with us however his household nonetheless is, and also you don’t ever need the household to go away going, “That’s not who my dad was, who my grandfather was, or who my husband was.” I felt that satisfaction and duty and accountability to only serve the story.
How do you relate to the character?
Sinqua Partitions: I relate to Don as a result of Don means what he says and says what he means. I didn’t understand till I obtained extra tales from different folks about him how a lot he lived by that. You knew the place you stood with Don Cornelius. As a result of he was shrouded in a lot thriller and since fame was totally different at the moment, you didn’t get to work together with him each day, so that you didn’t hear that. However while you hear secondhand tales or accounts from his son, Tony Cornelius, you hear that he didn’t play. The whole lot he mentioned he meant, and if he mentioned he was going to do it, he did it. I attempt to be a person of my phrase in all elements, so I actually relate to him in that approach.
How do you make sure you’re doing the late Cornelius justice?
Sinqua Partitions: By ensuring that I do know the analysis and speaking to the folks. Truthfully, I talked to his household immensely. I talked to his granddaughter. I talked to his associates that knew him. I talked to his son. I watched documentaries upon documentaries. I learn books upon books. I watched 100 episodes of early Soul Prepare, to guarantee that I used to be honoring that man’s legacy as a lot as I may and I’m nonetheless doing the work. I’m by no means pondering that I do know all the things and by no means not acknowledging that what I’m doing is attempting to inform somebody’s story that got here earlier than me. As an actor, you will get in that area of being like, “I do know what I’m doing.” I’ll by no means know Don Cornelius utterly. So long as I hold that humility I’ll have the ability to honor that story, and hopefully, he flows by means of me in that course of.
What would you say is Don’s greatest contribution to popular culture with Soul Prepare?
Sinqua Partitions: I feel the dancing, the type, the music, and the style, all by the use of the identical type of melting pot that he created with The Soul Prepare Gang and with the Soul Prepare Line. Permitting folks to be colourful, permitting folks to be expressive, and in letting the music type of converse for itself. Letting the dancers simply type of be funky and groove. You already know, we see a number of that applied while you noticed Michael Jackson and while you see different artists which might be performing right now, the dancing that they do creatively, that was created within the area of Soul Prepare. Come on and be your self, be genuine, be spontaneous, and now you see lots of people type of taking that precedent now and transferring it ahead.