As a star in forthcoming film DESTINED, 38-year-old CHICAGO-native Actor CORY HARDRICT is FOCUSED n FULFILLING A DREAM as he covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
We’ve watched your career continue to grow by leaps and bounds. How does it feel to know that you are beginning to get recognized for all of the hard work that you’ve been putting in?
It’s a great feeling to know that I’ve been acting for 22 years, and people are starting to say, “You know what, he’s more than Tia’s [Mowry] husband.” You know, I’ve always been focused on the work, and been OK with letting the rest of the stuff take care of itself. I made a promise to my mom when she passed, so I’ve just been focused on fulfilling what I told her back in high school, and that was for me to win an Oscar one day. I have to keep going until I get to that promise I made her. I still have a long way to go, but I already see the end road.
You mentioned this promise that you made to your mom. What were some of the things that you remember her instilling in you?
My mom made a big difference in my life because she gave me great morals. She taught me that you are going to have to get out here and work. No one is going to give you anything, and you just have to trust God and have a lot of faith. I definitely learned the value of hard work just by watching her. She worked at thrift shops, minimum wage jobs, but she always brought the food home and got me whatever I needed. I didn’t know that we were doing bad because she made it work. That meant a lot to me.
It’s interesting to hear you talk about paths. Growing up, you made a conscious decision to not be a product of your environment. Did this role make you think about what it was like coming up in Chicago?
Yeah, because growing up on the South Side of Chicago, you always had friends who would be like, “Hey man, come and take a ride with us.” But I would always ask questions because I never wanted to get caught up into all of that. I would always use my wisdom and discernment and it allowed me to avoid a lot of the trouble that some of the guys that I was coming up with would find themselves in. And now their lives are changed forever. They’re in the system; it’s going to be tough getting a job … and that’s why when I read this script, I knew it was important for me to do because I had to get this message out. I had to show that there was a way for you to get out.
You come across as a perfectionist. Are you typically the last person to be satisfied with your work?
Yes. And I’m still not satisfied. In all of my work, I feel there are things that I could have done better. So I just learn from it and take it to the next job. And I feel like I’m always going to be that way because you’re right, I am a perfectionist. I’m just so hard on myself. I’m critical because I never want to fool people. I always want to give people honesty. When people are using their hard-earned money to come and see something that I’m in, they deserve to get my best. So I don’t want to waste anyone’s time. I always want them to see my characters and have it resonate with them. I want it to be a personal experience when they see my work