What’s the one thing that stands out in your mind when you think of Bert Belasco’s character, Charles, on Let’s Stay Together? No, it’s not how he temporally left Stacy at the alter or that he’s the older brother of Kita. It’s how Charles has the tightest edge-ups ever.
“We talk about that all the time,” said Belasco on his hair. “That shows you when the barber is getting props.”
Belasco chats more with BET.com about his Let’s Stay Together barber and what one movie project would be his dream role in the future.
What should fans expect from Charles this season?
Throughout [the course of a show], you learn that the second season provides an actor their own voice to get better. You start establishing that through the second season. The voice of the character starts to show. You saw Charles in the first season striving to get to this point of marriage. He was longing to be married and now that he’s married, you’re just living life now. You’re growing with your wife and your spouse. You’re taking the challenges of a relationship and you’re doing them together. That provides such a great foundation for dealing with situations that might arise. You will see that with my character and Stacy’s, as well as Joyful and RonReaco’s characters.
How has your day-to-day life changed since this time last January?
You know what’s so funny is, not at all really. Not yet. It takes time. I asked myself the same question and at this [point], no. I’m doing what I do and sometimes people will say, “Aren’t you from The Game?” No, no, I’m from Let’s Stay Together. There are a couple of people that you meet are big fans of the show and love the show and there are some people that recognize you. I’ve been doing this for quite a while, but to the public, I’m very, very new. My face on television is very, very fresh in people’s minds, so it’s going to take a minute.
How did Kyla Pratt fit in with the rest of the cast?
She’s so fun and we are just fun, so it was perfect. And she’s a veteran — she’s the youngest on the show, but she’s also the veteran on the show as well. She’s one of those people that’s so cool that you sometimes forget who she is. That’s Kyla Pratt, she’s a big name.
What would you tell married couples to take away from Let’s Stay Together?
Don’t expect. Just be in the moment. People make that mistake and you see what happens — people [expect] too much into what a relationship should be and what they see it being. When you wake up and say I’m going to love this woman, or she says I’m going to love this man, with all of my heart, beautiful things happen. And then those days add up to 15, 30, 45 years.
Have the topics addressed on the show affected your love life in any way?
It’s not necessarily what topics; it’s how the characters would deal with the topics. I wouldn’t say it taught me anything new, but it validated and confirmed what I already know and what I discovered on my own.
You need to shout out your barber, because one of the things folks talked about last season was how you were always lined up perfectly on the show.
Micah Maryland. He’s the barber on the show. We talk about that all the time. That shows you when the barber is getting props. I don’t know any show where the barber is getting props like that. He does an amazing job and Kim Kimble. She does all of her lovely products and he does the hair. I catch myself looking at it sometimes and going, “Damn!”
Outside of Let’s Stay Together, what do you have in the works in terms of your professional career?
Right now, I’m just waiting for that next gig. I’m just praying something big comes up. I’m hoping Bill Murray signs for Ghostbusters 3 and I can somehow get on that bad boy. That would be a dream role. There are some dream projects I would like to be on, so we will see what happens.
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