Morris Chestnut (Photo credit: Fox Broadcasting Co.)

For the past quarter-century, Morris Chestnut has been working in television and movies. Morris made his big screen debut in 1991 as Ricky Baker in “Boyz n the Hood”. He’s currently co-starring opposite Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy in the psychological thriller, “The Perfect Guy”.

This November, he’s set to appear in “Heist”, Robert De Niro’s crime caper about a desperate father who robs a casino to pay for his daughter’s medical bills. And he recently finished shooting “When The Bough Breaks” with Regina Hall, a horror flick about a surrogate mom who becomes obsessed with the father-to-be of the baby she’s carrying.

Here, Morris talks about his new TV-series, “Rosewood”, where he’ll be playing the title character, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. 

KW: I told my readers I’d be interviewing you, so I’ll be mixing their questions in with mine. Larry Greenberg asks: When you’re playing a doctor, do you feel like you need to understand the medical aspects of the role? And Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: Are you being coached on the set by a physician to help make your impersonation of a doctor more credible?

MC: The answer is “yes” to both questions. I definitely prefer comprehending the medical aspects of the dialogue to spewing out words without understanding what I’m saying and why I’m saying it. It makes the character more believable when I understand that. And yes, we actually do have technical advisers on set at all times, and the writers often consult doctors while they’re working on the scripts. So, we definitely have authorities helping us get it right.

KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman says: Do you follow your character’s philosophy to live life to the fullest?

MC: I do. I like to live life to the fullest like Rosewood. Because he’ll be dying soon, he’s living each day as if it’s his last. However, unlike Rosewood, I have kids and a family. For that reason, Rosewood doesn’t really get close to people. I don’t take my time on Earth and each day that I breathe for granted, although I think there are times when I could appreciate it a little bit more.

KW: Felicia Haney asks: If you knew you only had a decade left to live like your character, what would be #1 on your bucket list to achieve?

MC: That’s a very interesting question. I’m really not sure, since there are so many things I’d have to consider. I could sit here and give you an answer but, if I were really facing that situation, it would probably bring a new perspective. So, to be honest, I’m not really sure.

KW: How is it starring in your own TV series? Is it a bit of a grind?

MC: I think grind is an understatement. There’s an extreme amount of work that goes into doing a television show, especially as a lead. I’m working 12 or 13-hour days during the week, And over the weekend, you’re preparing for the following week. You don’t really have any days off. So, yeah, it is a grind.

HW: Brian Carter would like to know whether you have any advice for aspiring young black actors who want to make it in Hollywood.

MC: Yes. People ask me this question all the time. I’d say: Focus on the work. People focus on the end result a lot of the time, because they want it here and they want it now. In fact, they want it yesterday. But they don’t really appreciate all the effort that goes into getting it. Initially, they’ll say, “I’ll do whatever it takes.” But then, when you say, “Okay, do this, do that, do this,” they respond with, “Oh, that’s a lot.” Well, you want a lot. Just focus on becoming the best actor you can be. I always feel that, when actors focus on the work, they’re going to get opportunities.  

Rosewood airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. E.T. on Fox.