Actor RonReaco Lee might not have any kids of his own yet, but that didn’t stop him from falling in love with his twins on BET’s Let’s Stay Together — Emma and J.J.
“It was great. I couldn’t get enough of them,” Lee proclaimed like a proud father. “If I had it my way, those little guys would be on set every day, all day, which would probably be against child labor laws.”
The addition of the twins is just one added dynamic to Lee’s character this season. The other is putting his legal skills to use, which you can see on an all-new episode tonight featuring Judge Mathis. Lee chats exclusively with BET.com on his role this season and once again working alongside Kyla Pratt.
What should fans expect from your character in this season of Let’s Stay Together?
One of the things they can expect to see is I get to do an arbitration scene. You get to see Jamal in his workplace. He gets to do some lawyering this year, which I was really excited about. Last year, you just saw him come in with some paperwork and a briefcase, but you get to see him actually win a case and practice law to a small degree. I was excited about that. He has a lot of fun with the Troy character played by Christian Keyes. We have some fun, the two of us.
On the heels of the Troy-Tasha drama, I spoke to Joyful about being friends with your ex. What’s your take on the situation?
If you can make it work, make it work. I think it’s one of those things where if you can do it, do it, but it ultimately depends on how the relationship ended. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. If you left the relationship in a good place, why not?
How did Kyla Pratt fit in with the rest of the Let’s Stay Together cast?
Like a piece of a puzzle. She fits perfectly. I actually worked with Kyla years ago when she was just a kid. I’ve seen her all around Los Angeles.... But to actually get in there and see her work ethic and her commitment to funny, we are just very fortunate to have her on board. She fits perfectly.
What would you tell married couples to take away from this show?
At times, like all sitcoms do, we have our lighter moments and we also have our heavier moments. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle in those lighter moments. I think laughter is a key to really get through some of the tougher times. You can’t always be jokes or be funny, but some form of laughter, laugh with your mate, just to try to bring a little medley to the situation.
Have the topics addressed on the show impacted your love life in any way?
Not at all. I don’t think there’s been one single thing on the show that’s parallel to my love life … not yet anyways. Jamal is constantly giving Charles advice about women, maybe some subtle things there. Not being afraid … know how to yes-hand your wife is a key. I’m sure Jamal has told Charles and that’s a rule of thumb for any married man.
What was it like working with the twins on the set?
It was great. I couldn’t get enough of them. If I had it my way, those little guys would be on set every day, all day, which would probably be against child labor laws. Their real names are Evan and Erin. Their parents were great and they really trusted me with the kids. A couple of times, I found myself getting a little nervous, but I like to think of myself as being pretty good with kids anyway. I don’t have any but I have a ton of nieces and nephews. I just really enjoyed the times they were on set. I would typically get dressed early and go to their holding area and chill out with them until they were ready to shoot — that way they got use to being around me. But they were always very good and wonderful, wonderful little actors.
Outside of Let’s Stay Together, what do you have in the works in terms of your professional career?
I just got done working in Vancouver working on a show called Fairly Legal on USA. I’m really excited and I think that premieres in April. I would love to go back up there and do some more work. I actually kind of jumped into the directing realm, which has been a dream of mine. A good friend of mine has started an Internet company and I just directed some sketch comedy promos for them. Outside of that, I’m still writing and like any other actor, auditioning.
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