‘The L.A. Complex’ Actor Andra Fuller Speaks Out About Playing A Black Downlow Rapper On TV

When it comes to seeing black gay characters, networks fail to show a variety of characters without polarizing stereotypes. Last week we highlighted the fact that there were not many black gay couples on television. A show that came up repeatedly in discussions was CW’s latest project The L.A. Complex.

Writer Shydel James from Black Enterprise did a beautiful write up with one of the show’s leading actors Andra Fuller. Fuller plays Kaldrick King on L.A. Complex. He’s the closeted ‘gangsta’ rapper involved in a downlow relationship with Tariq. Even outside of the storyline, the show is full of new relationships, salacious temptations and make-it-or-break it decisions characters must face.

On his family and friends reactions to him playing a gay character on network TV…

“When I accepted this role and what it entailed, my family and friends were like, ‘Why do you want to play a gay dude?’ They also wanted to know why every time a Black man is shown on TV as gay; he has to be on the down low. But they didn’t look at the ramification: I’m playing a very successful down low rapper on a network television show. That’s never happened before.”

On why he accepted the role…

“As an actor, you don’t run away from a role because it doesn’t coexist with your personal lifestyle,” he explains. “If I take a role as a mass murderer, I don’t think I would ever have the gall to kill someone in my real life. But I’m not going to run away from it because I don’t believe in murder.”

On the support from the LGBT community…

“The gay and lesbian community has been super-supportive, very gracious and appreciative of what I’ve been putting into Kaldrick,” says Fuller. “It’s definitely an honor to be chosen to play this character in this storyline. I try my damndest every day I step on set to do it justice.”

Read the full interview at Black Enterprise.

3 COMMENTS

  • Reply September 18, 2012

    Brent

    I will have to checkout the show. I always see people talking about it on Facebook and Teitter. He is cute!! They didn’t tell me that.

  • Reply September 20, 2012

    Jack Iesson

    I love this show. And I love this Kaldrick. But honestly, I love Tariq more. I think Kal’s story is great and going in a good direction. But Tariq was an honest to god, good gay guy. I hate to think they went with Kal simply because Homothugs are more interesting.

  • Reply April 15, 2013

    dontae causey

    i really love this show and Andra Fuller ‏he to dam fine

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