Film/TV Actor OMARI HARWICK currently stars as JAMES "GHOST" St. PATRICK, a man with a double life who juggles life as a NYC Nightclub Owner and high-level Drug Dealer for the STARZ Network drama, POWER, that is produced by CURTIS "50 CENT" JACKSON!!!
PLAYBOY Journalist JOHN GAUDIOSI managed to catch up with just long enough for the PLAYBOY LUCKY 7.
What’s it been like stepping back into Ghost’s complex world in Power?
He’s taught me more about Omari. Obviously an actor has to be complex to play this guy, so he taught me how complex I am. Perhaps I would have been doing some of these same things that he’s doing out of immorality had I not grown up a particular way, or not had a father figure in my life like I did, or had opportunities that Ghost doesn’t have. So it’s an interesting to watch a guy in an out-of-body experience while I’m playing him at the same time…to be a fan of his, to root for him because I’m playing him, to feel like I need to counsel him. And I’m learning more about me; what makes me tick and what makes me happy. It’s been an interesting gamut of emotions playing this guy, coming from me and looking at his different emotions.
And now; the TOP 5 of PLAYBOY LUCKY 7: OMARI HARDWICK:
What was your first encounter with Playboy magazine?
I was in third grade and my older brother was in the fifth grade. We found a Playboy at the house and my brother and his friend talked me into taking it to school. Me being the consummate middle child and wanting the attention of my older brother, I did it. I don’t know what I was thinking. I guess I was showing it off to the rest of the boys. And during his lunch break, which was different from mine, my older brother walked into my classroom signaling me to bring my bookbag over. He told the teacher that I had a Playboy magazine in it. Now [I went to] a Catholic school and I’m 41 years old, so this was when nuns and teachers used rulers. We had regular lady teachers and then we had nuns, and a nun grabbed me by my ear…and dragged me to the principal’s office while spanking me with a ruler. All while my brother laughed, and is still laughing to this day. It’s horrible. I can’t even tell you who was on the cover of it. I wish I remembered that at least.
And nuns aren’t going to buy the “I was reading it for the articles” excuse.
Yeah, exactly. But I’ve been to the Mansion and I’ve been to the Grotto. Hugh Hefner’s had me and some other rookies and free agents out when I was starting out for the NFL. I was in San Diego with the Chargers at the time, and I’ve been back maybe twice. So I’m a fan again.
That is the best story I’ve ever heard from that question.
It sucks. I didn’t read Playboy’s incredible articles for years.
What do you consider your pop culture blind spot?
I don’t follow the Housewives. I feel like there’s like five shows like Housewives of Atlanta. I really missed the boat on that because I find myself watching the Kardashians and some other reality shows when I feel I need moments to just stare at the TV and be stupid.
Heaven forbid you were ever on death row, what would your last meal be?
My last meal would definitely include french fries. I would say a little bit of fried chicken, a little bit of beef stew. I love asparagus, so I’d throw that in. I’m a cookie monster, so if they could give me oatmeal raisin or peanut butter cookies before they pulled the switch I would be okay. I think God would be okay with me if I had a couple of cookies at the end.