Exclusive: “Survivor’s Remorse” Star Jessie Usher Talks Dating, Rap Beef, And “Independence Day” Sequel
LeBron James’ Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse” is back, and with Cam getting settled into his new life as one of the most well-known athletes in the country and the Calloways still smelling like new money, only God knows what kind of trouble this colorful cast of characters will find themselves in this season. A few weeks ago, we were able to sit down for a chat with the star of the cable comedy series, Jessie T. Usher, who dished on the new season, who he was rooting for when the whole Drake and Meek Mill feud went down and of course, the ladies.
MN: What can viewers expect from the new season?
At this point, the Calloways are settled into Atlanta. They’ve moved around a little bit and have found a spot that they all like. They know their roles and the positions that they’re going to play while they’re there. The basketball season has also started so Cam is dealing with a lot of press and post-game interviews, practice, training, all of that kind of stuff. So now it’s a matter of what the family is up to when all of that is going on. They’re not together all of the time. So what is mom doing? Who are they hanging out with? What kind of friends do they have? So yeah, it’s all of that kind of stuff.
MN: You and Cam have a few similarities. Your life changed a little bit when you were cast in this leading role on “Survivor’s Remorse” a few years back.
It wasn’t super drastic. I feel that with Cam, he sort of just got dropped into the deep end of things. He was sort of a nobody and then all of a sudden, he’s the most known player in basketball. With me, I’ve been doing acting for so long, so it was sort of a gradual experience.
MN: You have this big leading role now.
I got a lot more fake friends these days!
MN: What keeps you grounded?
My family. My friends and the people that I’ve always been around. I moved out to Los Angeles twelve years ago, and I pretty much had the same three or four friends ever since. They make sure I stay grounded. They don’t let me get away with nothing. For the most part, it’s about keeping the same people around you—people who really care about your well-being—they keep you focused.
MN: And what ‘s the situation with the fake friends? What’s your filtering process?
It is what it is. It comes with the territory. For the most part, I expected it. As soon as the press release came out about “Survivor’s Remorse” even going to the gym was a whole new experience. All of a sudden, everybody knows who I am, and everyone wants to talk and say hi. It’s flattering in a way. It’s humbling in other ways. At the same time, it can be kind of annoying.
MN: Speaking of this newfound attention, I know that you’re probably getting a lot more attention from the ladies.
I mean…[laughs] Um, not really.
MN: I was checking out your social media accounts. I know that something is being thrown your way.
That’s different. If you’re talking social media, then yes. I will say that that has grown. But as far as just being out in the streets or whatever, because you know I be thugging out here in these streets… I’m just playing! Things have changed but only a little bit. It’s not so much that I feel overwhelmed in any way. That’s for sure.
MN: Is there a girlfriend?
Nope! Nah, let me not say it like that. I’m just working right now. At this point, I’m barely ever home. It would be difficult to try to do that.
MN: What are your long-term aspirations and do you have any hidden talents that we don’t know about yet?
I like to dance. I’m not going to say that I’m a good dancer. I’ve heard people say, “Oh my God, you’re such a good dancer” and I’ve heard others say, “Yo, sit down. That was awful.” So I don’t know, but I cook. I went to school for culinary arts. I love to cook. That’s a talent not a lot of people know about.
As far long-term aspirations, other than acting, I do want to direct a little bit. I want to get on the production side and eventually start a production company and maybe make some projects of my own.
MN: You’re pretty active on social media. So I know that you caught at least a little bit of what’s going on with Drake and Meek Mill.
[Laughs] Yes! Yes, I have.
MN: Drake or Meek and why?
Man, I’m going Drizzy all day. I enjoy music from both artists, but I just felt like that was wrong for Meek Mill to call him out like that in the first place. Especially seeing the kind of relationship they had and the affiliation that they had. It was just out of character and classless. And nobody really cares at the end of the day. We know for a fact that there’s no rapper making as many songs as Drake and Meek Mill who is writing all of their own lyrics is not happening. So for him to try to throw Drake under the bus like that is like…okay, you probably lost a lot of fans that day. At the end of the day, it sort of seems like a big publicity stunt anyway. So it’s kind of just cheesy.
MN: So Mike Epps plays Cam’s uncle on the show. What’s filming like? Do you ever have stop taping because he’s so much?
Yeah man, he kills us on set all the time. If he feels like it’s been a while since everyone busted out laughing, he’ll just ruin takes. He’ll just crack jokes and stuff. The same Mike Epps you see on TV is the same Mike Epps you get in person. He’s always clowning, and we love him for it.
MN: Finally, I know that you’ll be starring in Independence Day: Resurgence. What can you tell us about your role?
Well, I’m playing Dylan Hiller, he’s the son of Steven Hiller and Jasmine, who is played by Will Smith and Vivica Fox. At this point, this movie is coming out 20 years after the first one came out. It’s sort of like, a post-alien attack world. Most of the world was destroyed in the first one so now everybody is unified and all of that kind of stuff. As far as Dylan goes, he’s following in his dad’s footsteps by joining the military and now he’s a fighter pilot. He’s handling business. He’s the man.