I feel like I would identify more with someone who's a little shady, because I'm more guarded than either Temple or Derek. To an extent, I would understand a villain, the guy who's standing on the corner, watching and plotting what he wants to do, as opposed to being everybody's hero. But it all interests me, bad guys and good guys.
Those economic concerns have direct effects on acting. There were many scenes in Save the Last Dance when they said, Well, that was good, but you're not likeable enough. There's a scene in the club, when [my ex-girlfriend] wants to dance, and I played the genuine indignation and hurt, and getting pleasure out of telling her to step off, with some venom.
You don't usually get to see a guy that looks like me be on tv as a devout Christian, in all likelihood a virgin, and completely devoid of angst. So when the reviews were coming out before the pilot aired, saying it was Driving Miss Daisy and The Great White Hope, I thought it was nonsense, because it was like reading the first page of a book.
When you're sitting in your apartment and you're unemployed, and somebody offers you a job, unless it's something outrageous, you take it. I auditioned and I got it. I didn't have dance experience, except for some aerobics dance classes, and I had to dance at the final audition, and that was bizarre.