Who doesn’t love the hit show Power? I’ve been a fan since season one and with all the suspense and drama going on, it has literally kept me on the edge of my seat. Especially this current season.
This past Saturday, I attended the VIP Studio Live Event Series presented by AT&T featuring some of the cast members from STARZ Original Series, “Power”. Which included “Tommy Egan” (Joseph Sikora), “Julio” (J.R. Ramirez) and “Dre” (Rotimi Akinosho).
I got a chance to chat one on one with “Julio” J.R. Ramirez. We started off with some small talk, then I jumped in with what everyone wants to know. I know he couldn’t tell us if “Ghost” was going to be released, so I asked a question that would kind of give us an idea of what we can expect.
FSD: Is this your first time in Detroit?
J.R. Ramirez: Yes, it’s my first time in Detroit and unfortunately i’m only here for the night, so I have to come back.
FSD: What do you think of the city so far?
J.R. Ramirez: I haven’t been able to see much, except for the inside of the hotel. Other then we drove by and I was like what’s that over there, and they were like Canada. I didn’t realize how close you guys were.
FSD: Well next time you’re in town you have to go to a few different places in the city and visit downtown.
J.R. Ramirez: Yea that’s where were staying, we’re staying in Downtown Detroit, I have a good friend that’s from here, but I’ve never spent time here.
FSD: So are you guys hanging out tonight? Detroit would love to hang out with you guys, even if it’s for 20 minutes.
J.R. Ramirez: I know, but I have such an early day tomorrow that I can’t.
FSD: Can you tell us what we can expect from the rest of this season?
J.R. Ramirez: Things get crazy, they’re bringing in some monster actors and the steaks continue to rise. It’s definitely hands down the best season so far.
FSD: So a lot of people want to know, well can you give us a hint, are fans going to be upset or happy with the outcome of this season?
J.R. Ramirez: Fans are going to be very upset by the end of this season. There’s a lot of stuff that happens this year, it’s a lot of characters so a lot of stuff is happening.
FSD: This show keeps us on edge.
J.R. Ramirez: It keeps you on edge, that’s why it’s doing so well.
Next, I chatted with “Tommy” a.k.a Joseph Sikora. I went live on Facebook and gave a few of my followers a chance to ask questions as well.
FSD: What’s your advice for someone doing great locally, but wants to branch out and become an actor?
Joseph Sikora: I think that with branching out you got to some risk, I think you have to go to a bigger market than Detroit, you can always bring the stuff back home like Mr. Mather’s did. Bring that money back home once your able to get it, but sometimes you have to outsource. I think your next biggest market is Chicago. If you want to dip your toes into a bigger pond, go to New York if your doing theater, maybe Los Angeles if you want to go straight into television. In this digital age you can kind of work from anywhere. You’ve got to keep your hustle game on 100, you’ve got to call everybody, be professional about it, don’t demand and make sure nobody does you any favors and don’t do anyone any favors. Usually beneficial relationships are the way to go. Know your worth.
FSD: Someone wants to know if Tony is your dad?
Joseph Sikora: Tony on the show?
Joseph Sikora: You may be being led down the wrong road. I think there’s a certain amount of physical resemblance in that department, but that will all come to light shortly in the next few episodes. You’ll find out whether or not if there are any familiar relationships, but if there’s not any familiar relationships maybe there’s even a deeper relationship that people are missing.
FSD: How was it working with Charlie Murphy?
Joseph Sikora: I didn’t actually get to work with Charlie Murphy, I just saw him and said hello around the set. He was obviously a fan of the show before he worked on it. So that was really positive and he’s a bit of a legend so it was great. Rest in peace Charlie Murphy! We’re very blessed and lucky to have his final hurrah be on the show.
FSD: What can we expect from your character for the rest of the season?
Joseph Sikora: You can expect the character to build in the ways of being a boss and juggling those balls. I think Tommy is really coming into his own of being a boss and really finding his own self worth and self value. He’s always put the game and Ghost before himself, and this year we’re going to see him put himself first.
FSD: How is it working with Lala?
Joseph Sikora: Lala Anthony is a consummate professional a wonderful person, a sweet person, a wonderful mother and it was a joy everyday on set. She was professional, she knew her lines and she was ready to discover what was in the moment, what was happening and so she would go in any direction. It was a great match when we would have our scenes together.
We chatted a little more about his plans for the evening and his experience in Detroit.
Before I left, I asked the guys to give us an official Detroit greeting “What up doe”.
I didn’t get a chance to speak with Rotimi, but I was able to get a photo with him.
After interviews were over, the cast members went on stage for a panel discussion. During the panel they discussed what it’s like working on the set of Power, their life and a few other topics. I learned that Joseph Sikora did a commercial with Michael Jordan back in the day and I found out that Rotimi can sing.
Once the panel was over, Rotimi gave a live performance.
Are you a fan of Power? What are your thoughts about this season?
Power airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on STARZ.