But Taye was a little more comfortable about taking his clothes off
After this flick, it seemed like Taye Diggs became every woman’s chocolate fantasy. He was the romantic interest for a while after that, leading one interviewer from AMCTV to ask him: It always seems like in your movies that you’re taking your clothes off. I’m sure you get asked about that a lot. Is that just part of the characters or do they add it because of your status as a rising sex symbol?
In his response Taye said that it’s a part of the job but not something that’s new to him.
They’ve never added that after I’ve come on to a film. Not one role that I’ve played has been written specifically for me. It’s just been the role of the romantic lead. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are always taking off their shirts. That’s just what you do. You have to have sex and take off your clothes. It has been refreshing that the last four roles that I’ve done have not been so blatantly sexual with me being put on some imaginary pedestal. I keep all my clothes on in House on Haunted Hill, Mary Jane’s Last Dance, and The Way of the Gun.
And here’s a little something extra to throw in your cornflakes. Did you know that Taye Diggs’ name isn’t really Taye? It’s actually Scott. In that same interview, he explained how he got there.
It’s a nickname. All my friends from my past would know me as Scott Diggs. Taye Diggs comes from Scott-taye. When I went to college I liked it because it was so different and I have an infatuation with nicknames.