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Dishing with Laz Alonso
'Deception' star talks getting steamy with Meagan Good
 
Published Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:30 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

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Laz Alonso stars with Meagan good in NBC's "Deception." Alonso plays Detective Will Moreno, love interest to Good's Detective Joanna Locasto, who goes undercover to unlock the mystery behind a socialite's murder.

Actor Laz Alonso stars alongside Meagan Good in NBC’s new hit series “Deception,” which airs Monday nights at 10 p.m.

He plays Detective Will Moreno, an FBI agent who suspects foul play in the death of a troubled socialite. While the show is a murder-mystery, Alonso said it is also very much a love story, one that he said will heat up as the season progresses.

The Post recently caught up with Alonso to discuss his new project. He also opened up about what it’s like to kiss his friends’ wives and the biggest issue affecting his personal love life. The following Q&A is an excerpt from that interview. Some questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Post: Congratulations on the new show…

Alonso: Thank you so much. I’m really proud. All of our fans and supporters showed up. The show is number one in its time slot, and we hope to hold on to that.

P: Are we going to see more of your character as the season progresses?

A: Absolutely. This whole love triangle with Meagan Good’s character [Joanna Locasto] and myself is only going to get deeper and deeper and steamier and steamier all the way until we get to the boiling point… A brother ain’t trying to be in a love triangle!

P: “Deception” is one of few shows that is not specifically targeted to an urban audience but stars two African Americans in leading roles. Yet, race is not something that is emphasized in the script or plot. What are your thoughts on that?

A: That was one of the things that I loved about it when I read the pilot. All of the characters were written with the same allotment of drama and backstory. It’s the kind of thing where they weren’t thinking of race or ethnicity when they wrote it. They where thinking of quality television. They were thinking of interesting characters with complex lives and deep stories.

P: On the show, Moreno and Locasto are romantically involved. They also work together. What is your philosophy on dating co-workers?

A: I try to stay away from it because heaven forbid something goes wrong and now, not only do you have to see them every day at home, but you see them every day at work too. That’s a lot to handle.

P: You are good friends with both Robin Thicke and Devon Franklin, and you’ve kissed both of their wives on film (Paula Patton, “Jumping the Broom” and Good, respectively). Is that awkward?

A: No. It’s not real kissing (laughter). I don’t want to mess anything up for the viewers. We are still going to give you some good steamy Monday nights, but there is a humongous difference between kissing with 200 people in the room and being in the privacy of your own home kissing with nobody yelling, “Cut!”

P: On the show, we see that Moreno put his romance with Locasto on hold to further his career. Then, she does the same. Has your acting career ever been an issue in your personal love life?

A: That’s probably the biggest issue. This job takes a toll on you. It requires you to leave home a lot. It’s really hard to keep a relationship alive when you are gone for six to eight months out of the year.

It turns into a long distance thing. Yeah, you can visit and talk on the phone. You Skype and do everything in your power to try to keep it alive, but there are a lot of cold lonely nights in this business. You know what I’m saying? It takes a special type of commitment level to be able to withstand some of the separation and the anxiety that this job requires sometimes.

P: Has that been more of an issue for you or for the women that you date?

A: Both. At times, it will be an issue for the women that I date because I don’t necessarily date women in the business. They may not be used to a lifestyle where their man is gone for six or eight months so it can be an issue for them.

Sometimes, it’s an issue for me too. I’m not immune to it. Sometimes little things like a picture on Instagram or Twitter can cause friction when distance becomes a factor. Sometimes we deal with them well and sometimes we don’t.

P: You are the travel ambassador for American Airlines and BlackAtlas.com. What does that entail?

A: I get to travel all over the world, and let African Americans know why they should visit other countries and how our people influence other cultures. There are a lot of places outside of the United States that may be primarily black, but we don’t realize it because we don’t see black images from those countries.

P: Traveling can often change a person’s perspective on life. What is something that you’ve learned about yourself or the world around you through your many travels?

A: You just kind of realize how small you are in the great scheme of life. Sometimes we get so bogged down in our world here or our lives here, and we think that this is the universe or this is the world, but it isn’t. This is just a tiny, tiny, tiny little speck in what’s going on around you. When you see yourself as a tiny little speck, you also see the problems that you have as tiny little specks. They will eventually pass like everything else.

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