Jay Ellis Explained Why His Experience Filming The BET’s ‘The Game’ Was Not As Fun As He’d Hoped

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jay Ellis Explained Why His Experience Filming The BET’s ‘The Game’ Was Not As Fun As He’d Hoped

Jay Ellis has a whole fan membership devoted to his character Lawrence on Insecure – however his fan base throughout his time on The Game was much less welcoming. Ellis joined the present throughout its sixth season as a substitute for a fan favourite and admitted in a latest interview that the transitional section was uncomfortable, to say the least.

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Fans already had a troublesome time with the present going from a comedy to extra of a drama when it was picked up by BET after its cancelation on The CW. Ellis’s introduction solely added to extra modifications followers weren’t comfy with – in addition to his castmates. 

Jay Ellis on ‘The Game’

The announcement that Ellis was becoming a member of The Game was made in June 2012. He joined as a full-time recurring character in season 6 after the collection had been on BET for 2 seasons as Bryce “Blue” Westbrook, a newly drafted working again to the fictional San Diego Sabers staff. 

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As a rookie, Blue has bother becoming in together with his staff, primarily on account of him being drafted as a substitute to the staff’s lead. He’s usually put by way of numerous initiation assessments. He enlists the assistance of his new girlfriend, Keira (Lauren London), who’s a former little one star struggling to transition into mature roles. 

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Together, they try to navigate their new lives each personally and professionally, which regularly results in catastrophe as their worlds overlap in non-productive methods. Their relationship is on-and-off all through the collection, inflicting pressure between Blue and his teammates after he discovers that Keira kisses the quarterback.

Blue ultimately rises because the star of the staff, serving to to steer the staff to a championship. Ellis was on the present for 4 full seasons earlier than the present led to season 9. 

Prior to The Game, Ellis labored as a print mannequin and had small roles in Hart of Dixie and NCIS. 

Jay Ellis says the solid and viewers of ‘The Game’ was not very welcoming at first

Though The Game turned out to be Ellis’s breakout position, he revealed in his new interview with Essence Magazine that he was not essentially welcomed with open arms. For starters, not all viewers weren’t receptive to his character. 

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“I remember people laughing at Keira. They did not want to see Blue and Keira at all. They were like, ‘Where is Derwin and Melanie?’,” he stated – explaining that the exhibits lead characters, Pooch Hall and Tia Mowry-Hardrict left the collection and Ellis and London have been their replacements. “I was like, Oh, my God, this is the worst decision I ever made.”

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Adding extra stress, Ellis defined that the solid already had established shut relationships and he discovered it onerous to slot in. 

“I started that show on episode 100. That cast…had already had time to bond, time to fall out, and time to re-bond again,” he stated. “So I was the new kid on the block. I was like, ‘Hey, I want to be friends with y’all. You guys want to rehearse? You guys want to throw lines? What y’all want to do?’ They were like ‘no.’”

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Despite the hardships, Ellis says he’s grateful for The Game however by no means really felt comfy. “I always felt I was a guest in their house. With Insecure, we built that house together. Issa was the architect.”

Ellis has been a recurring solid member on Insecure since its inception. This season, he not solely continues as a star on the present but in addition transitioned into the director’s chair, directing episode seven on location in Mexico. 

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