BE MAG: Hey House!
H.H Moore: Hey How’s it going?
BE MAG: Good man. Ok, So you got your start in this industry with modeling and doing music videos. You’ve work with the great Whitney Houston and TLC (Lisa “LeftEye” Lopes) . How was that period of your life and getting the chance to work with such artist?
H.H Moore: Well i didn’t get to meet or talk to Lisa, i worked with TLC after her passing, but I did get to interact with Ms. Houston and she was nice and very energetic! Phenomenal woman! Full of life and full of energy She was happy at the time she seemed in a good place. I think this was when she was revitalizing her career, but i mean she was extremely excited from being on set, i played a masseur in one of her videos, so know i got to rub on her feet a lil bit * chuckles* So it worked out for the both of us. LOL
BE MAG: So Now we seen you transition from that period and now into acting. How was that transition for you? Did people take you serious at first knowing you were coming from the modeling and music video realm?
H.H Moore: No, because even when i was doing music videos i was always hired for more a theatrical performance part. Like when i did a Missy Elliot video, i played like the boyfriend who was being unfaithful, or When i did the destiny’s child “Girl” video i played the boyfriend and so in my roles i put in my mindset that I’m playing this character. I’m not just being the “pretty dude” or just the “handsome face”.
BE MAG: Your latest TV role is playing Jayson “Jackpot” Toney on NYC22. Talk to us more about that role?
H.H Moore: Its a great role for me. I’m a former basketball player with aspirations of playing in the NBA and i was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and the character “Jackpot” is from upper west side of Harlem, So those are similar situations. You know the time you rise and when you get the opportunity to get to that level you know a lot of people put you on a pedestal or live vicariously through you and your actions. They see you doing things that most people don’t get the chance to do. So they kind of root for you and they start to live through you. You know i personally live with that, you know when i came back to my neighborhood people were happy they were proud that i had went to college and balling and making a jump at the NBA, they were excited so when those things . On the show Jackpot is trying to mature and right a lot of his own wrongs so its a role of self -redemption for him and you know and i commend that. Its easy to sit back and say what you would do! but its a few people who actually get out there and do it and get involved and actually try to make a difference.
BE MAG: So my next question is. How important to you is it that young men see you playing roles like” a cop” and more “positive” roles? Not just the type-cast roles like the “bad guys” or “drug dealer” ?
H.H Moore: Its essential!! I mean life is perception. So whatever you look at, that what you tend to do and visualise. that becomes your expectation and your standard. And so when people get to realize there is an alternative, than just basketball or playing trying to be a rapper or a model . Its about exposure! you know and one of the biggest things for me as a person growing up in Michigan i didn’t have exposure so i used basketball as a platform and a vessel to expose me to things and I became more cultured. I became open-mined. So when you do that you open more chances to become successful. Its like the lottery even you buy one ticket your chance is low but if you buy a million tickets your chance is higher to win. I m mean its very essential for youngsters to see me and not just young blacks but young men period. I mean we all fall down but you can get back up and you can do anything you put your mind to and you work hard at it. once you expose them to that then they know its cool to maybe be a police officer and i think I’m the type of individual that can pull off character wise making it cool top be a police officer.
BE MAG: Now Robert De Niro produces on the show (NYC22). How is it working for him?
H.H Moore: He is not a microscope producer at all. He comes in and puts in his input and does his thing along with Jerry Rosenthal, its not just like a “name attached” sort of thing HE doesn’t criticize us, but he respects us as Actors! This is what some people may not understand. We wouldn’t have got the job if CBS didn’t think we could pull it off. The last thing CBS needs is bad acting, they have an array of amazing shows! When they chose to take our show, they wanted a young cop show. i mean you have your “NCIS” and your “Law and Order’s”, but at some point you got to start getting them involved in moving into a younger direction too. And this show is so diverse and sometimes people may feel like we don’t get as in-depth, but we feel like we do a great job at our show, when we watched the pilot episode we are watching it for the first time like many of the viewers we don’t see it beforehand but we all trust each other and have a good relationship on set. The ratings are coming in now and its looking good and we want people to learn the characters, just give it a chance you will like the show I’m telling you.
BE MAG: Well i gotta ask this question and its kind of a switch from the subject….
H.H Moore: It’s the women? ain’t it? LOL I know
BE MAG: * laughs* yeah its the ladies!!
BE MAG: Ok, so the ladies readers and fans knew I was interviewing you and they went crazy. All they kept saying was He’s SO fine! How do you deal with all that attention? And being labeled a sex symbol?
H.H Moore: You know what. First of all this is funny cause i get different people recognise me from different things and i get the women who recognize me from the Destiny’s Child ” Soldier” video and some remember from the dunkin donuts commercial so its funny cause they don’t know I’m the same guy doing all these things but I’m grateful for the love and people who admire me for what i do or respect me for what i do and the compliments from the women i love it. Right now i need to get back in the gym though * chuckles* my two pack ain’t looking like the ten pack its suppose to LOL. Shoot man that’s one of the hardest parts of this business. I can just go eat P.F Chang’s and California Pizza Kitchen like i want, but I’m happy to embrace the sex symbol thing and people ask am i single? Yes I’m single! but i am ve3ry focused on what I’m trying to accomplish in my career. When you get to living your dreams it has to be with the right situation and the right person and the right time1 So its a collaboration.
BE MAG: What is the big challenge you find in this industry? Social Media?
H.H Moore: Man i use twitter and all that. But you know I’m a private type person. Like when i meet a woman she probably wont know I’m an actor i don’t put on that persona. I’m a real person. I’m available so there aren’t any real big challenges to me.
BE MAG: Well we here at BE Magazine are also into Music and Lifestyle, So we like to ask fun questions as well. Tell us about what type of music are you into right now?
H.H. Moore: Man I’m into homie 2 Chainz!! we went to same school, Shout- Out to Tidy Boi!! we played basketball, he had played before me but we had played i use to cross him over in college *laughs* make sure you put that in there!! i crossed him over so bad one day man, made him fall down * laughs* gotta mess with him a little bit. But the “Detroit’ boys use to definitely get at them “Atlanta” boys on the court. I got Drake, Weezy, been bumping that new John Legend. Wale, Rick Ross, then i always bump the classics, Tupac and Snoop. I got a lot of music. Into that guy Frank Ocean lately. I listen to everything.
BE MAG: Is there anything that surprises people to find out about you?
H.H Moore: I’m heavy into photography. love photography, and I’m even getting into videography and i put together a great cluster of ideas with some friends of mine. Taking songs we like and making them small movie concepts. That’s something I’ve been working on. Also been writing a basketball movie, that’s close to my heart for probably like a year now. We got “team Jackpot” going so look for that as well.
BE Mag: OK great so my last question is, Where do you stand on “reality TV” How do you feel about it?
H.H. Moore: OH MAN!! LOL Naw I’m not a hater so I’m not gonna hate on it. I got my start kind of on a reality type show but it was a little different format. But to be honest man i don’t care for some it. I’m happy its kind of on its last leg imma keep it real I’m an actor so all that reality on TV is taking away from creative content you know! But whatever floats ya boat or whatever your into and you like those type of shows i cant hate on that. But it does go too far at times and it give the wrong idea to youth and makes them think “oh i just wanna do a reality show and get paid” and they don’t know that’s not how it really works. The way its setup its manipulative but they don’t find that out until the end. But like i said I’m glad its on its way out and i know a lot of others agree.