Is it just us, or do some people seem to be destined for greatness? The talent, the appeal, the hard work, and the willpower to be the best are all attributes any rising star must have to make their way in the entertainment industry.
Truly no one knows this better than singer, actor, dancer, model, and heartthrob, Jacob Latimore!
Jacob is truly one of the industry’s most captivating young talents. Someone we have all had the pleasure of either watching grow up, or grew up with. Although he has been pretty successful in his own right, he continues to reach for the stars beyond the stars with a new movie, Collateral Beauty, a new album, and proving to the world he is now “all grown up!”
They say the grind never stops, and the hustle never quits. Right now Jacob is definitely feeling the burn with multiple projects in the works. “This year has been super, super busy; probably one of the busiest years I’ve had in a while. I just finished up my third film in Boston, it’s untitled right now, a Captain Bigelow project…I’m starring alongside Will Smith and Edward Norton in this film called ‘Collateral Beauty’ coming out in December and I’m really, really excited about that one; being around Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet…That’s probably going to be my introduction to Hollywood I think…I’m excited about the process of that and working on my album, ‘Connection.’”
Critics are already raving about Collateral Beauty and there is even Oscar buzz surrounding it. The film centers on Howard Inlet, a man (Will Smith) who retreats from life after the loss of his six year old daughter. He begins to question The Universe and writes letters to Death (Helen Mirren), Time, and Love (Keira Knightley). Much to his surprise, and our dismay, each one of these abstract entities pay him a visit in person. Jacob portrays “Raffi/Time” in the film, and warns Howard he is wasting him. The film seems to be a portmanteau of Eat, Pray, Love meets Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol! “It’s sort of a very therapeutic movie…It’s set around Christmas time, but not really a Christmas movie, but sort of a movie about life and healing; and how people are moving on, need to express themselves, and get things out. What’s really unique about the film is you see those three abstractions sort of match the circumstances of his friends that around him.”
Mr. Latimore reveals he learned a lot working with such an all-star cast, most of which are Academy Award winners or nominees. “I think it was incredible and once I booked the film and started meeting directors and producers I felt like God was telling me that this is the level I could be headed towards if I stay on the right track. I’m really excited just to introduce myself into Hollywood with this film and just show I can go toe to toe with the A-Listers…I can carry a film, I can hold my own, and make sure that I’m doing my part…” We agree that Jacob is in his element amongst the greats of Tinsel Town. He has an always been very talented and is a great actor. We loved him in Black Nativity (2013), and it is definitely time for some fresh faces at the top!
As we mentioned earlier, Connection, Jacob’s new album, will be debuting in this month; and we could not be more excited! “The title of the album speaks for itself. I am reconnecting back with my fans on that music tip with my fans giving them that great R&B, young, fly feeling and just talking about me…talking about being a twenty year old man, emphasis on man!” As we all know, transitioning from a child star to an adult one can be very tricky business. In fact, most child stars either retire or fall into obscurity during the process. Jacob, however, is embracing adulthood and growing up with his fans. He reveals the content of Connection will be more mature as well. “Yeah it’ll be more adult…I’m twenty years old and people know what they doing at twenty years old [he laughs]. We ain’t gotta sugar coat it! I love that I get to do this project, and be myself, be bold, and fun with it!”
A new album and new movies are definitely projects worth celebrating for any star. Interestingly, rumors have tied Jacob to a number of other projects, two of which are television shows. The first casts him as a regular on a new show on The CW, Black Lighting, centering on a Black superhero with electrical powers, which has yet to air or even settle on a network. The second one has cast him on Marvel’s Runaways, a show based off a comic book centering on a rag tag team of teenage magical, alien, and mutant superheroes whose parents are all super villains. Unfortunately, Jacob reveals he is not tied to any of these projects. “No, no I’m not with any of those projects and it’s the first I’ve heard of it, but, and that’s a big ‘but,’ I’m definitely down for reading a script [he laughs]!”
All of Jacob’s current projects definitely keep him busy, perhaps too busy to date. He admits he loves women, but his focus is elsewhere. “I love women, but I’m twenty man…The things is I have close female friends that I may post photos with every now and then, and it’s just dope to have those females…You know I read some news about Shawty Lo and some females after he passed and I was mortified, some girls just have no soul …so again it’s just really cool to find real chicks who are genuine…I’ve known them since I was like ten or eleven years old…I find it hard to meet genuine people and it’s important to keep your circle tight….”
There really is nothing Jacob Latimore cannot do. Here is a young man who sees the proverbial grind as a gift and is up to the task of realizing his full potential. “I want the fans to know it’s really more than talent. It’s all about hard work and really staying prayed up and staying humble…” The “Collateral Beauty” of this guy is humility which will catapult him into becoming a legend! We will definitely enjoy watching his rise! Be sure you catch Jacob in Collateral Beauty, today in theaters nationwide, and grab his album Connection on Friday, December 9th!
Photograhy by Will Sterling, Styling by Julian R. Lark, Sakeya Donaldson assisted by M. Lashea Grooming by Jessica Ammons
Wardrobe provided by Threadz Atlanta, KWYS, Adidas, Vans & Karma Originals
Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning