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City of residency: Chicago, by way of Decatur

Congratulations on your "Chicago P.D." appearance. Who are you playing in this week's episode?

My role is Darius Brown. He's pretty much the start of a story about an alderman who was killed in the city. Some of my DNA was on his body, but it wasn't because I killed him. It's because I had stolen his watch earlier in the episode. 

What was your experience on the set like?

It was really interesting. I don't think what people realize is that a lot of the time, you wait. I was in my trailer waiting for my call time, and I was in there for like 4 or 5 hours. There's just a lot of waiting. As far as the scenes were concerned, it all went really fast. The actors that I played with were very professional and very funny. It's essentially like showing up to work and having a good time. 

Were you nervous?

I just wanted to make sure that I did a great job. You must know your lines, and they changed the scene right before I went out there. I spent a lot of time in my trailer making sure that I've got my lines memorized, and that I'm making the right choices for the scene.

And when you meet the actors, some people get blown away, but I kind of see them as regular people. If you go on set and ask them 5 million questions, they'll probably get tired because they do this daily. I just speak to them like somebody that you already know.

Ultimately, I just wanted to be excellent, and I was only slightly nervous, which is OK. 

What sparked your interest in acting?

MacArthur High School. I was in two plays: "Footloose," where I played Ren McCormack and "Of Mice and Men." That's where I started my first acting experiences, and when I went to college, I took some acting classes there. 

How about your music? Have you been working on any new songs since filming "Chicago P.D."?

I'm thinking about releasing a new single the week after the "Chicago P.D." appearance. My recent album, "TaylorMade," is available on SoundCloud. 

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