According to Tequan Richmond, seeing the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL’s T.J. recast was “bittersweet. I got to somewhat graduate to something else to where I was a lead in a show,” he explained to Soaps In Depth, “and at the same time, I’d worked hard and wanted to keep the relationship.” But knowing that GH needed someone whose focus wasn’t split, Richmond understood. “They did what they had to do, so for me, it’s nothing but love for them,” he reflected. “I wish the new T.J. [Tajh Bellow] the best.”
Richmond certainly can’t dwell on it too much. He’s excited about his new series, BOOMERANG, the romantic comedy currently airing on BET in which he stars as Bryson, the son of ad executive Jacqueline Broyer (Robin Givens’ character in the 1992 movie). In joining her firm, Bryson reveals himself to be a “very ambitious businessman who wants to step out from his mother’s shadow,” explained Richmond. But he might find a stumbling block in fellow newcomer Simone, the daughter of Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry’s movie characters.
While the show contains plenty of laughs, look for Bryson to ride an emotional roller coaster. Having portrayed all that to critical acclaim as T.J., Richmond felt well-prepared. Of course, working opposite Tetona Jackson as Simone helped, too! “We played twins in a show called ALL NIGHT,” Richmond shared, “so we already had a cool bond.”
One of the things the actor appreciated most about the project is that it re-teamed him with producer Lena Waithe, for whom he’d worked on Showtime’s THE CHI. “Working with Lena is one of the best experiences of my life!” he enthused. “I was able to voice a lot of opinions that were actually accepted.”
That reminded the actor of when he was learning about producing while making Nowhere, Michigan, the recent digital release in which he also starred as a guy who, while dodging deadly con men, sets up a meth lab and winds up in a love triangle in a small town. “I’ve been wanting to add things to my repertoire,” he said, “because soon, I hope to step behind the camera indefinitely.” Growth is important to Richmond, which is why he maintains just one regret about walking away from T.J.: “I wanted to see him become a doctor!”
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