VIDEO: Meet Your Destiny – Q&A with Morris Chestnut!

(Last Updated On: June 15, 2016)

Empower Magazine was honored to be amongst a jam packed house of celebrities, influencers and well wishers at the “Meet Your Destiny” launch party for Destiny Moscato on October 10th. Destiny Moscato is a premium wine brand started in Houston, Texas by Greshaun Fulgham and Mark Thierry. Famous faces well known on a national platform, such as Nicole Murphy, have invested into the brand also, and they just welcomed newest partner, Hollywood actor Morris Chestnut. Signing on to the company is only one of Morris’ big developments, however. He sat down for an exclusive candid chat with Empower editor Sarni J about his lead role on new Fox show “Rosewood,” his upcoming projects, and advice on pushing past obstacles to achieve your destiny in life. Watch the full video interview below!

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A lot of times when I did hear no’s I got discouraged, but I got back up on the horse and kept going forward. So believe in yourself, and keep pursuing your dreams.” ~ Morris Chestnut

Sarni:

You have a lot of really big developments, but I want to talk about one of my favorite: this character you play on “Rosewood.” You completely break the mold. You play a character who seems to have it all, but there’s this complexity because it can be taken away at any moment. Tell us about how important this role is to you and why people should watch the show.

Morris: 

The role is is very important to me as an actor because it’s a very challenging role. At the time they offered me the part, I had been doing roles where my character was going through a lot of emotional things, and I wanted to do something fun and light, and that’s why when this one came along, I could come to work–he’s an intelligent, smart doctor who’s very optimistic, very compassionate, he has a lot of fun, and he’s a little comedic at times. I wanted to go ahead and do that just as a challenge for an actor because people had seen me a certain way for so long it’s taken a while to adjust to it. The one thing about the character that I love is that he’s a doctor, he’s smart, he’s rich; it seems like he has everything, but he doesn’t because his health can be taken away–he can die at any given moment. He has calcification of the ear drums, so that means he’s going to go deaf soon. There are a lot of ailments that he has to deal with, and that’s also fun for me as a challenge as an actor.

Sarni:

I think you appreciate life more when you realize it can end at any moment.

Morris:

Without a doubt.

Sarni:

Word on the street is that you also get to play a role with the incomparable Robert DeNiro.

Morris:

Yes, it’s a movie called “Heist.” It’s coming out in November. Robert DeNiro’s character owns a casino; he’s about to retire, and I’m going to take over. The night he retires, it gets robbed, and so it’s a cops and robbers kind of pursuit type of movie.

Sarni:

So, why are you at the “Meet Your Destiny” event in Houston? We know it’s the launch of Destiny Moscato, but tell us about your role and why is it important?

Morris:

Someone mentioned to me about Destiny Moscato, they said they tasted it and loved it. Then I did some research and found out Nicole Murphy was apart of it, so I said hmmm. I tasted it and I really enjoyed it. I loved what it stood for. It’s not just a regular moscato, it’s a premium Moscato, which means it’s twice the potency of regular moscato. So I sought out Mark Thierry, the owner of the company, and said, “Listen, what can I do to be a part of it?” We sat down, and he told me what his vision was, and I loved it. He was very direct, very thorough, he knew exactly what he wanted to do, and he’s doing it, so I’m glad to be a part of the team.

Sarni: 

So while you’re watching Rosewood have a little sip of your Destiny Moscato–

Morris:

Have a little sip! Be sitting down because it’s very potent, but I love it. We have great taste. It’s a Ruby that’s very sweet and we have a Diamond that’s more citrusy. It’s a great tasting moscato; you’ll love it, I promise.

Sarni:

From the man himself. So last question, we always like to leave people with an action step. We always talk about success, but no one talks about the road to get there. So for the people who are at home struggling–we know the suicide rate, especially among young black males has risen three times something is going on–for the people who want to give up, who have a dream, what advice would you give them to just press on another day, to get where you are?

Morris:

That’s a great question that you ask. I think one of the most important things for success is work ethic. You have to have work ethic … Pursuing your dream as an actor is something that a lot of people think about doing, but they don’t. I never really told people what I was doing, I just kind of kept it to myself. And obviously you hit roadblocks because it’s a lot of failures, you hear a lot of no’s, and just in terms of myself, a lot of times when I did hear no’s I got discouraged, but I got back up on the horse and kept going forward, so believe in yourself  and keep pursuing your dreams. I’m a person who truly believes as long as you truly truly work hard at what you want to do, you’ll be able to accomplish it. Like you said a lot of times in acting, or any type of thing, people see the end result. They see maybe the fame or the money or whatever they think it brings them, but they don’t want to do the work. People come to me, “How can I become an actor? What can I do?” and I say, “Well, are you in acting classes? Do you work on it every day?” [and they say] “Well, no, no, but what do I do to do this?” No short cuts, you know. Some people get lucky, but very few people get lucky in this industry. But as long as you work hard and are diligent in what you are doing, I think you’ll be successful.

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About Sarni
Travel/Lifestyle Editor
Sarni graduated from the acclaimed Medill School of Journalism and has published articles for publications nationwide. When not seeking new adventures in her neck of the woods or across the continents, she enjoys her work as a branding and public relations specialist. She helps develop and expand luxury, lifestyle and conscious brands. Sarni believes the irony in travel is that the more you explore humanity’s differences, the more you realize just how connected we all truly are.

VIDEO: Meet Your Destiny – Q&A with Morris Chestnut!