EXCLUSIVE: "Ray Donovan" STAR Pooch Hall OPENS UP On FATHERHOOD And LEAVING "The Game"
Every day is Father's Day for those men who put their kiddies first in their lives. So actor Pooch Hall chatted exclusively with TheYBF.com about raising his three children (daughters Djanai and Djaeda; son Djordan) and the important role fathers play in family structure. Find out what he said inside our post-Father's Day Monday and get the deets on his new Showtime series "Ray Donovan."
Actor Pooch Hall, who rose to fame on BET's "The Game" and is gearing up for a flashy new role in the upcoming Showtime series "Ray Donovan." According to the show's press release, Pooch plays Darryl, a young fighter who trains at a boxing gym owned by Ray Donovan's (Liev Schreiber) brother Terry (Eddie Marsan). One of the series' main plotlines revolves around the dynamics among the male characters, once it's discovered that Ray's father Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is also the biological father of Darryl.
With the dynamics of fatherhood running throughout his latest series, we chatted up Pooch about his thoughts on the best part about being a dad and moving on from "The Game" after some shady happenings:
On becoming a father:
I became a daddy to my younger brother - first. When my parents were divorced, we lived with my dad. And as an older brother, I had to help around the house. I sorta assume the role while my dad was at work. I had to hold it down. To be honest, that was probably like my first taste of fatherhood.
On a father's role in the family:
I think a father is very imortant in the sense that he offers a male perspective and a male structure to the family household. I think it's important for a man to be in a child's life because he can touch on some things that moms may not be familiar. That's why you have a mom and a dad. I wish it was like that for a lot of familes. Shout out to single moms.
On leaving "The Game" due to BET allegedly having an issue with his new show:
My contract had ended and BET said, 'We're gonna get you on for season 6.' I literally booked "Ray Donovan" a week out. And when we were making my deal with Showtime, they knew how strong my fan based was so.....Showtime said you still can work over at "The Game." And when I went back to BET with news and was like let's make this work, they didn't return my phone calls or emails. Everyone was like why'd you'd leave "The Game" and I was like "I didn't leave." It was hurtful. I felt that we all made "The Game" what is it today."
Since departing "The Game", Pooch said he watched the first few episodes of the show (he was on the first few and he's still friendly with his former castmates) but is focusing his energy on "Ray Donovan".
Watch Pooch Hall dish on his new role here:
"Ray Donovan" debuts on Showtime on June 30th.
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