For the most part, actor Laz Alonso is a mystery. We see the tall, brown, and handsome Afro Latino bringing all sorts of charm on the big and small screen, but when it comes to his personal life and — more importantly to us — his dating life, we don’t know much. Or at least we didn’t, until now.
Our sister site Lossip recently had the chance to chat with the 39-year-old about his work with Proctor & Gamble’s “Try It & Love It campaign” and they gleaned some interesting insight into the handsome Cuban’s childhood and how that has affected his romantic relationships as an adult. And just in case you can’t wait to read that part in the interview, yes ladies, he is single. Here’s more of what he had to say:
What was your childhood like?
“You know what? I will tell you… if you come to my house, you would say: ‘Okay, this guy is OCD.’ I have friends who come to my house and will move something one inch just to wait and see how long it takes for me to go put it back in its original place. And I became that way because I was raised in a single-parent home; my mother worked a lot of jobs when I was growing up in order to keep me in school and to keep food on the table so I was kind of like the person who took charge of the home. Until I got to become a teenager and work as well, I was the one who would keep things in order at home. She would get home, drop her keys and purse and go to sleep, so I had to organize everything so that when she got up, she would find it all again. It really made me unafraid to feel very comfortable in a home environment; fixing things, cooking, doing dishes and laundry.”
Do you know what a catch that makes you to women – that you’re domestic in that way?
“Let me tell you; I’m single right now, but when I’m dating a girl, they usually kick me out of their kitchen because as they’re cooking, I’m cleaning up behind them and they’re like, ‘Stop! Just get out. Let me finish.’ And I’m like, ‘Team work baby. Team work makes the dream work.’ And they’re like ‘Nah nah nah – get out of here.’ That’s how I grew up; my mom would cook and I would clean and wash the dishes – and that’s how we would get it going.”
Who do you consider wifey material in the celeb world?
“You know what? I don’t really date celebs. I don’t date celebs, to be honest with you. And it’s not that I put them in a category called ‘Celebs,’ it’s just that to me it’s all about the genuine connection; it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, if I like you and I meet you and you like me and we click, that’s it. We have to click. If I see someone on the screen – that alone doesn’t do anything for me.”
What is one thing that would set you off during a date?
“I think if it’s someone who thinks they know me just because they know my outward perception, then that to me I feel like, ‘Why am I wasting my time here, trying to get to know you, while you think you already know me without giving me the same courtesy.’ A lot of people think that they know you because they see you as an actor and they create all these assumptions about what an actor’s life is like. Often, there are negative assumptions and I don’t think that is fair. Get to know me as a person. If I decided that all lawyers were scumbags because of what people say about lawyers, then I would hate every lawyer. And there are some very good people who are lawyers. That’s the only thing that I’m sometimes over with but outside of that, if I go on a date with a person, usually I’ve already talked to them enough or we’ve had enough interactions where we know it’s going to be a decent date.”
Where do you get your charisma from or were you born with it?
“Thank you very much first of all – I appreciate it. But if you were to meet my mom and my family, then you would see that I’m probably the most boring person in my family. Everyone in my family is filled with jokes; they could have all been actresses in their own right. I’m probably the least talented of my family as far as it comes to having tat wit and humor.”
Check out more of Laz’s interview on Lossip.com. What do you think about what he said?