Making a career transition can be a difficult task for many to achieve, but for on-air personality Terrence J, breaking into the acting world is a challenge he’s willing to accept.
In between hosting BET’s nationally syndicated show "106 & Park" for the past seven years, the 30-year-old has managed to land roles on the network’s sitcom show, “The Game,” and earlier this year starred in the No. 1 film “Think Like A Man.” With no intentions of slowing the growth of his resume, this month Terrence is set to appear in the much anticipated remake of “Sparkle.”
The Huffington Post caught up with the Omega Psi Phi member, and got him to open up on his role in "Sparkle" and his status as Hollywood’s rising star.
For those who aren’t aware, do you mind describing your role as Red in “Sparkle”?
I play one of the party promoters. I actually have a scene with Cee-Lo Green, Derek Luke and Jordin Sparks right at the beginning of the film when the girls first try to find their way into the music industry. So it was a lot of fun. I just got a chance to see the full-length version of the film and I was just blown away. It really turned out amazing and I can’t wait for people to see it.
How did you prep for the role, did you have to do anything out of the norm to get into character?
Speaking of doing something out of my norm, as soon as I walked on the set Salim Akil, who is the director of the film, he looked at me and said, “Something’s not right, something’s not right.” And then he just put his finger up to my face and was like, “OK, that’s it.” And he told me that I had to cut off my mustache. So it was kind of awkward because I was like, “I got to cut off my mustache!?” And he was like, “Yeah, you have to look the time period.” So I cut off my mustache within the first five minute of me being on set, which was a change. But when I saw the film it worked and it blended in and looked good. He had the right vision for it.
Since you’re relatively new to acting, was there any advice that you picked up from your co-stars?
This was Jordin’s first film and then you got guys like Derek Luke who have done a million films, so I learned something from everybody. I think with being on a movie set, you just learn from everybody. So it was just a great experience for me.
Since the film marks Whitney’s final performance, how much more special was it to be a part of the cast?
Honestly on the set no one could foresee what would happen. So it’s very sad for all of us. But I actually spoke to one of the producers and brought up a valid point. Her performance was so strong and Whitney looked so beautiful and elegant. And her voice sounds so amazing that we’re proud with the way that people will remember her. The media does a good job at making us think her final days were one way, but this film will show to the world that in her final days she was looking amazing. And she was strong, powerful -- she was the Whitney that we all know her for. So we hope that this body of work will represent how amazing she was.
How has the transition been going from an on-air personality to an actor?
It’s the hardest thing in the world honestly. Sometimes it’s very overwhelming being on the set. It’s not just the lines, it’s making the character and going as an actor -- it’s challenging. And that’s why I love it so much. I can host with my eyes closed, but when I’m on a movie set I really feel like I’m challenged. For me, when I’m on a movie set it’s like going back to college. I just learn and I’m really humble because I have a long way to go.
"Sparkle" hits theaters nationwide on August 17.
Remembering Whitney Houston
Singers Whitney Houston (L) and Dionne W
Singers Whitney Houston (L) and Dionne Warwick perform onstage during the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons, with Clive Davis Honoring David Geffen at the Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011. The event, on the eve of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY, honored Geffen Records founder and DreamWorks SKG co-founder David Geffen who was presented with the President's Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Clive Davis And The Recording Academy's 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen - Inside
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Whitney Houston attends the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Singer Whitney Houston performs onstage
Singer Whitney Houston performs onstage during the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons, with Clive Davis Honoring David Geffen at the Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011. The event, on the eve of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY, honored Geffen Records founder and DreamWorks SKG co-founder David Geffen who was presented with the President's Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Whitney Houston waves to the crowd at the 36th Ann
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Whitney Houston waves to the crowd at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards in New York 01 March 1994 after she was honored for Record of the Year, 'I'll Always Love You,' and Album of the Year, the soundtrack from the film 'The Bodyguard.' At rear is her producer David Foster, who shared the honors with her. (Photo credit should read POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
1994 WORLD CUP FINAL
17 JUL 1994 : WHITNEY HOUSTON SINGS DURING THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE WORLD CUP BEFORE THE ITALY V BRAZIL 1994 WORLD CUP FINAL AT THE ROSE BOWL STADIUM IN PASADENA CALIFORNIA. Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/ALLSPORT
(FILES) US pop star and entertainer Mich
(FILES) US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson (2R) gathers with Elizabeth Taylor (L), Liza Minnelli (2L) and Whitney Houston (R) at the United Nego College Fund dinner at a New York hotel March 10, 1988 in New York. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in on June 26 for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO/Mark CARDWELL (Photo credit should read MARK CARDWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
2/27/98 Los Angeles, CA. Whitney Houston at the 12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards. She recieved th
2/27/98 Los Angeles, CA. Whitney Houston at the 12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards. She recieved the Quincy Jones Award for 'Outstanding Career Achievement' in the field of entertainment.
1999 VH1 Divas Live
Whitney Houston performs during the VH1 DIVAS LIVE '99 at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Tuesday, April 13. Other performers include Brandy, Tina Turner, and Cher, with a special performance by Elton John. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
Singers Mariah Carey (L) and Whitney Houston perfo
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Singers Mariah Carey (L) and Whitney Houston perform 'When You Believe' during the 71st Academy Awards 21 March 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
42nd Annual Grammy Awards - Pressroom
Whitney Houston at the 2000 Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, CA on Febuary 23, 2000 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect
(FILES): This 23 February 2000 file phot
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: (FILES): This 23 February 2000 file photo shows US pop diva Whitney Houston performing at the 42d Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Houston has checked into a drug rehabilitation clinic, her publicist said 16 March 2004, providing a new twist in her long battle with drug addiction. Houston, 40, has 'chosen to enter a facility for rehabilitation,' her publicist said in a terse statement that provided no further details of the type or location of the treatment, but which contained a message for her fans. 'She thanks everyone for their support and prayers,' the statement said. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
Clive Davis And The Recording Academy's 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen - Inside
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer Whitney Houston attends the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
Whitney Houston In Concert
BERLIN - MAY 12: US-American singer Whitney Houston performs live during a concert at the O2 World on May 12, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The concert is part of the 2010 Nothing But Love tour to promote the album I Look To You. (Photo by Jakubaszek/Getty Images)
Whitney Houston Performs In Milan
MILAN, ITALY - MAY 03: Whitney Houston performs at Mediolanum Forum on May 3, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
2010 BET Honors - Show
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 16: Whitney Houston accepts the BET Honor for entertainment during the 2010 BET Honors at the Warner Theatre on January 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
17th Mercedes-Benz Carousel of Hope Ball - Arrivals
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 28: Producer Clive Davis (L) and singer Whitney Houston arrive at the 17th Annual Mercedes-Benz Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 28, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons: Clive Davis - Show
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Singer Whitney Houston performs at the 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons honoring Clive Davis at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
World Music Awards 2004 - Show
LAS VEGAS, NV ? SEPTEMBER 15: Singer Whitney Houston is seen performing on stage during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US singer Whitney Houston attends in a w
US singer Whitney Houston attends in a welcoming ceremony as a guest of honor for the polygamous Black Hebrew sect 30 May 2003 in the southern Israeli town of Dimona. Houston is in Israel for a week to make a recording with the sect. AFP PHOTO/Tal COHEN ISRAEL OUT (Photo credit should read TAL COHEN/AFP/Getty Images)
DECATUR, GA - AUGUST 27: Singer Whitney Houston leaves the DeKalb County Courthouse after a probation violation hearing for her husband, singer Bobby Brown on August 27, 2003 in Decatur, Georgia. Brown was sentenced to 14 days in jail followed by 60 days of house arrest for violating conditions of his probation, stemming from 1996 DUI charges. (Photo by Frank Mullen/Getty Images)
VH1 Divas Duets Post Concert Party
LAS VEGAS - MAY 22: Actresses (L-R) Tia and Tamara Mowry with singer Whitney Houston attend the VH1 Divas Duets post concert party to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 22, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Singer Whitney Houston Visits Israel
JERUSALEM - MAY 27: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (R) welcomes singer Whitney Houston (L) and her husband/singer, Bobby Brown (C), at the prime minister's residence May 27, 2003 in Jerusalem, Israel. Houston is on a private tour of Israel. (Photo by Quique Kierszenbaum/Getty Images)
Bobby Brown Appears In Court
DECATUR, GA - NOVEMBER 25: Singer/actress Whitney Houston (L) smiles at her husband, singer Bobby Brown, during a court hearing November 25, 2002 in Dekalb County State Court in Decatur, Georgia. Brown was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for a DUI arrest in 1996. Judge Wayne Purdom set a trial of January 21, 2003. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser-Pool/Getty Images)
Michael Jackson Concert - Day 1
Whitney Houston performing on the Michael Jackson '30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years' concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, Friday, Sept. 7, 2001. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.