Leon Stars As Faithful Husband in From This Day Forward
Leon the actor, singer, and musician has appeared in more than 30 movies and TV shows. He takes the lead this Saturday in the gmc gospel play, From This Day Forward. Audiences are in for a great performance in a story of trust and expectations. Two couples' relationships are put to a test that will shape the rest of their lives. Leon plays Deon, a committed, faithful and attentive husband, who despite these honorable traits, is not trusted by
After having the opportunity talk with Leon, there is no doubt he is totally committed to anything he's involved in, from his acting to his band.
Archer: It's such a pleasure to talk with you this morning. You have had an impressive career. Congratulations on your longevity and on this project, From this Day Forward. How did you get involved with it?
Leon: Thank you. I got involved though a chance meeting. I was at a party and the director said she wanted to work with me. I said okay, send me the script.
Archer: Tell me about your character, Deon, and his marriage to Patrice.
Leon: Patrice is played by the talented Essence Atkins. Deon and Patrice have been married for about four years. Deon is a faithful and loving husband. Despite this commitment, Patrice is constantly doubting him. Patrice takes it so far that Deon can’t even do anything special for her because of the lack of trust and insecurity.
Archer: What does Deon do in this situation?
Leon: Deon understands that Patrice has insecurities. When we have an attractive mate and we think we see others throwing themselves at him or her, we think, 'how could they not cheat?' Deon has a strong belief in God, love and marriage. He decides his marriage will not go south and this issue will not break him and Patrice.
Archer: Do Patrice’s friendships play a role in her distrust of Deon?
Leon: We all have friends who feed into our insecurities and fuel trust issues. When someone finds what he or she thinks is evidence of cheating, [sometimes they] become outspoken about our lives when [they] shouldn't.
Archer: How important is trust in marriage?
Leon: Trust is very important. Infidelity is prevalent in all our lives and every relationship is affected by it at some point.
Archer: Why does Lucas feel the need for a prenuptial agreement with Corrine?
Leon: It's common sense. With a 58 percent divorce rate, everyone is faced with what happens should my marriage end. It's about preparation.
Archer: What do you hope the audience will get from the play?
Leon: This is the second installment of gmc's "wedding vow" series around marriage. I hope that audiences develop a renewed faith in relationships and marriage. Everyone has shortcomings, but that we in our relationships can rise above these traits.
Archer: As a gospel play, do you think someone will come to know God through the play? If so, how?
Leon: I do not think that someone will come to know God, but they will be uplifted and inspired by this play. If you already know God, you might have a different experience but I hope everyone has a renewed faith in relationships.
Archer: How was it working with the cast, especially aspiring actress Vanessa Simmons?
Leon: Everyone did a good job, including Vanessa. It was good to be on the stage with seasoned actors, in addition to someone new to acting.
Archer: You've been busy with your upcoming projects: Ex-Free, Soul Ties and The Cheaters' Club. Is there a common thread in your choice of projects?
Leon: Ex-Free is about three women and the experiences with relationships and failed relationships; Soul Ties is about a woman who develops habits and traits after watching the relationship of her mother and father; then there’s The Cheaters' Club which is self-explanatory. (laughing)
Archer: So, is the common thread relationship?
Leon: Not the relationships like in From This Day Forward, but maybe relationships of different kinds.
Archer: Do you think From This Day Forward will become a sitcom?
Leon: Without a doubt it can become a sitcom. I saw the elements of these characters and how each can be developed. I believe that the audience will relate and see themselves in each character.
Archer: Well, I sure hope it does. Any last words?
Leon: My band, Leon and The Peoples, will be touring throughout the summer and fall... check us out!
Follow Leon on Twitter @wwwJustLeon.
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