If you watch HBO's Lovecraft Country, a couple of weeks ago, you would have seen Will Catlett playing Verton Freeman, the father of Montrose. How I remember Will, is him playing Yasir on OWN's Love Is, which was loosely based on Mara Brock Akil and Salem Akil's life. He also recently starred alongside Jahi Winston and Meek Mill in the film Charm City Kings.
Regardless of when you saw the Virginia-born actor, you are sure to remember him. He not only has intention with the roles that he choices but he also embodies the character. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Will about why Love Is connected with so many people, understanding the past of your parents and his idea of what needs to happen in order to better the relationship between police officers and the community they serve.
Will shares why he believes men gravitated to Love Is character Yasir.
Playing Yasir, I think it spoke to a lot of the men because so many times in life, women and men, we're looking for ready-made people. People that got it already together. A lot of times you're not going to find that. And Yasir's at a place in his life, at that time, where he's looking for an opportunity. He may be struggling but his minds still sharp. His mind is still fruitful. I wanted to make sure that carried over and so that men that are out there that want to be better, and women, and they may not have it together yet, to not stop you from moving forward because you don't have it all together.
In explaining why he thought the creators of Lovecraft Country shared the story of Verton Freeman, he says "You have to acknowledge your past" in order to heal.
They were trying to show how people become and how they are still living in the trauma of their past. So they have to go back to the past in order to heal. You have to acknowledge your past.
Will shares why he wants police officers to watch Charm City Kings.
I want cops to watch that film because sometimes you put on that uniform and you forget that it's about protect and serve. It's about mentorship. It's about thinking about, man should I take this kid down to the station or should I pull him to the side and say what do you want to do with your life. Maybe we can ask more questions.
Check out the full interview below.