Actor TREVOR JACKSON portrays KEVIN LaCROIX, the only child of Actors ANDRE 3000 BENJAMIN and REGINA KING on ABC drama, AMERICAN CRIME, and he covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
What has the process been like being on the road, stopping through different cities?
There is no point of doing anything if you’re not going to do it all the way. Atlanta, Philly and Washington have been the craziest so far. It was fun. I’m in Atlanta all the time shooting and recording. That’s why I stayed. There are a lot of people that I know out here, so we just kind of kick it and hang out. It’s crazy. Whatever I’m doing at that moment I try to only focus on that because I’m already ADD. On tour, I want to focus on the show because the shows are most important. Every night I don’t care if I’m doing interviews that day or photo shoots that day, what’s most important is that I’m making sure I’m right and tight for the show. These people all come out to see me so I have to perform and make sure that they never forget it.
At what point did it trip you out that people were coming out to see you perform?
It’s crazy because I’ve been doing it for so long but the difference is when I did Broadway when I was only 8 years old. People were paying then too, but now it’s different because they are paying to see me and something that I’ve put together myself. In My Feelings— that whole project itself was just a retaliation. I was upset and just frustrated with life. I was like this is how I’m going to get away and just make this project and say “F” everybody but not “F” everybody potentially because it’s just like I gotta be me and so many people are going to try and change your course or what you think is right for you. That’s how I made it. Doing that and then going to a show and everybody singing every word to a song was crazy. Philly was the craziest and was my first sold-out show ever. I almost started tearing up because I stopped singing one song and they sang the whole song until the end.
How do you determine what lane you’re going to be in?
I just want to execute whatever it is so nobody can say anything. It’s like Kobe every single game. That’s why it’s so hard to stay in basketball because it involves so many things. You have to dunk, shoot, pass and have to have the mental game. That is how I feel; my life is the same way Kobe feels about every game. It’s for me to execute so I can move on to the next thing. You have to be around people that are going to better you and it’s hard to find because [there are] only a few. When I see people that are in the same mental space as me I’m like, “let’s coordinate and get in the studio. Let’s go play basketball and let’s just kick [it] because I’m all about learning.” I’m all about knowledge and I don’t like mistakes because I don’t think mistakes are real. I want to learn while I’m here. I want to learn, be better and execute. That is my new word. I never even used the word “execute” until today. Steph [Curry] is another one who woke up one day and said, “everybody is going to know my name.” That is the mentality that you should have to be great. He just woke up and was like, “I’m going to be the greatest.”
What is the story behind your tattoo?
The greatest verse of all time, 2 Timothy 1:7. That’s at the beginning of the tape. My grandma said that. She taught it to me when I was 8 years old and I’ll never forget it. She just told me to keep reading it and I just kept reading and reading over and over. Ever since she taught that to me I would say it all the time no matter where I was at. I got it once I was old enough to be able to get a tattoo without consent but my mom didn’t want me to get one. This is my mom’s handwriting. It’s a whole bunch of things wrapped in one. I wanted it so I could see it. We all have low points in our lives. I wanted to just look at it and keep going.