Thursday, October 6, 2022

Morris Chestnut On Why He’s ‘Really Enjoying ‘Rosewood’ Right Now’ [EUR Exclusive]

Morris Chestnut
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*Morris Chestnut ignited his illustrious career with his first feature film role as Ricky Baker in “Boyz n the Hood,” a performance he told EUR/Electronic Urban Report is one of his fondest, and a notable fan favorite.

“I know Lance (“The Best Man”) gets talked about a lot,” Morris added, “but I have to say my favorite character to play right now is Rosewood.”

Rosewood” season two returned to FOX Thursday night (Sept. 22), and series creator/Executive Producer Todd Harthan said be plans to “surprise the audience,” and take fans deeper into “the personal relationships in Rosewood and Villa’s lives” this season.

“We definitely had some drama last year, but we’re trying to tell some stories that probably are a little bit more visceral and balancing that tone and still trying to have a good time and making sure that we keep them laughing too with the comedy,” said Todd.

Morris plays Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., a private pathologist working in Miami, Florida, in high demand with law enforcement. One of the reasons he enjoys exploring this role is because of the thrill of not knowing what’s going to happen next.

“I love cracking open a script and not really having any kind of idea where the character is going. What I love about what Todd is doing with the character, the show, each episode we’re peeling off a layer of getting deeper and deeper where our characters are coming from and possibly where we could possibly be going,” said Chestnut. “That really excites me. I never know when I pick up a script what’s going to happen, what’s going to be revealed about my character that I didn’t know before. It makes it interesting and fun for me and hopefully it’ll make it interesting and fun for our audience.”

Rosewood TCA 2016
Lee Ortiz and Morris Chestnut speak onstage during the ‘Rosewood’ panel discussion at the FOX portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

“Rosewood” premiered on Fox on September 23, 2015, and was renewed for a second season earlier this year. The series stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Det. Annalise Villa, Gabrielle Dennis as Pippy Rosewood — Beaumont’s sister, Anna Konkle as Tara Milly Izikoff — Pippy’s ex-fiancée, Domenick Lombardozzi as Captain/Detective Ira Hornstock, and Lorraine Toussaint as Donna Rosewood, Beaumont’s mother.

“The one thing I love about this character, and the way Todd does the show is, we shift the tone of the show so much. Rosewood can be funny and happy and witty one day and the next day he’s going through some type of drama that just takes him down and he has to go to dark places where he doesn’t really want to go,” Morris explained.

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“It’s fun to be able to do that every single day, and like I said earlier, when I pick up the script, I’m always learning because this is the longest I’ve ever been on a television show, and I’m always learning different things about the character. We don’t always know where Todd is going with the script. So I just wait until I read it to know.”

The married actor and father of two has appeared in a number of box office hits during his career, most recently “When the Bough Breaks,” which he also serves as Executive Producer.

“I’ve learned from all of my roles. It’s such an experience being able to work in the industry and just going from project to project. Each project you meet new people. You learn different things about yourself,” Chestnut told us. “You learn different things about other people, and not only as an actor, which I’ve grown tremendously from my very first job, but just even as a person, when you’re talking to people and learning new things. I often feel like my projects and my roles are like kids because I’ve learned so much from each of them. I love them all equally.”

“Rosewood” airs Thursday at 8/7c on FOX. Get caught up on past episodes here.


Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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