Evening Eye Candy: The New Star Of “The Game,” Jay Ellis
As sad as we all were to see Pooch Hall and Tia Mowry-Hardrict go from The Game, I can’t lie, the good looks of newcomer Jay Ellis helps to ease the pain. He is, of course, NOT a replacement for the lovable and fine Derwin Davis, but a whole new very interesting and very delicious looking new character by the name of Bryce “Blueprint” Westbrooke. In the season premiere, we got to see him flash a nice smile, get beat up and show off that very impressive body he’s clearly been working on while trying to get with Lauren London’s character of Keira Whitaker. So who is Jay Ellis? Click through our Evening Eye Candy gallery, get an eyeful of what he’s working with, and find out!
Ellis spoke to Eurweb about having big shoes to fill and getting the opportunity to work on “The Game,” and to say he was excited would be an understatement: “It’s amazing, it’s a dream come true. I’m a huge fan of the show and I get to go work with people that I love. I love the characters and the network and it’s an amazing thing you know. It’s hard to wake up sometimes and know that this is a reality.”
If you’re wondering why Ellis has such a nice “body of work” (like how I did that there??) and what he’s done with all the height he has (notice that he towers over his co-stars), we know Ellis earned a basketball scholarship to go to Concordia University in Portland, where he was student body president. Once that was finished, he used his good looks to be a model, and later went to Hollywood to become an actor–or make that Atlanta, since that’s where The Game is filmed.
According to BET.com, Ellis is a surfer (who says black folks don’t swim or surf??) and is co-owner of health clubs in Louisiana that are based around Pilates and spinning. Who doesn’t love a health-conscious brotha?
Seriously, if a guy with these lips and eyes tried to get with you, you can’t say you wouldn’t be somewhere doing the Régine from Living Single laugh (hand on chest, high giggle)!
And Ells says he’s used to being the new kid on the block, so that’s probably why he was more excited than scared about joining a popular show with stickler fans. Ellis is an Army brat who had to go to 12 different schools during his childhood and teen years, so he’s used to trying to get people to warm up to him. I’m sure those good looks made it easy.
And after watching different interviews with the cutie, it’s clear he’s got a pretty fun and sparkling personality. He’s full of smiles and laughs, isn’t he?
And it was NOT an easy feat getting cast on the show. In a span of six weeks, Ellis says he had to go in for eight different auditions before he got the official thumbs up to be Bryce.
And while the chemistry between Ellis and London on-camera remains to REALLY be seen (they’re doing all right so far), aren’t they cute together in real life? I must say though, looking at these pictures, either she’s mad tiny or he’s a lot taller than we thought…
So what do you think? After watching a few on-camera interviews with Ellis, including his sit-down with Wendy Williams, we like what we see! He’s easy on the eyes indeed. But does that mean he’s your cup of tea? Let us know below what you think of him, and his work on the show so far.