Interview: Terry Crews Talks about Life, Marriage, and His Latest Movie

BY: - 23 Sep '13 | Black Celebrity Marriages

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Actor Terry Crews has been in the game for years.  Turning up screens big and small with starring roles in long running shows like Everybody Hates Chris and other epicly hilarious roles in movies like Friday After Next, White Chicks and Norbit.  His muscular style of comic relief sets him apart and has also  landed him commercial work as “The Old Spice Guy.”  It was an honor to be able to talk to actor Terry Crews about his recent voice work in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  He is the voice of a wonderful animated character named Earl Devereaux.

BMWK:  Mr Crews, we really just loved you as Earl Devereaux in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  I think that you did an awesome job of picking up the role where Mr. T left off. Was that a hard thing to do and how were you able to make Earl Devereaux your own?

Terry Crews:  I really enjoyed playing Earl Devereaux.  I am also a big fan of Mr. T.  I mean I used to eat the Mr. T cereal and everything! I really wanted to pay homage to him but I gave it a Terry Crews spin.  When I took on the role, the directors let me know up front to take the character and really make him my own.  What I love most about “Earl” is that he is a Black animated character who has a strong relationship with his son.  It made me feel good to be able to play this character who loves his son so much.  Everything you see from Earl Devereaux is Terry Crews.

BMWK:  At Black And Married with Kids we cover topics that relate to Marriage and the Black Family, do you mind if I ask you some questions that relate to your marriage and family life?

Terry Crews:  Please do!

BMWK:  Do you feel that being married has enhanced your acting career and if so how?

Terry Crews:  Yes being married has definitely enhanced my career.  I give all homage to my wife, Rebecca.  Without her there is no Terry Crews.  I would not be here if it weren’t for my wife and I am nothing without her.  She always knew that it was my dream to become an actor.  When I got tired of playing football she was the one who encouraged me to move out to LA to follow my dreams. She is my partner and my greatest asset.  

BMWK:  You have been married for 20+ years?  

Terry Crews:  Yes my wife and I celebrated 24 years in July.

BMWK: Congratulations, its awesome to see examples of strong Black marriages.This is a rare occurrence in the entertainment industry.  As a celebrity how do you stay strong and keep it all together?

Terry Crews:  I am not a celebrity at home.  At home I am daddy and husband. Acting is my job.  I leave work at work and when I am home I am all about my family.  My kids don’t care about my celebrity.  

BMWK:  As an actor, how do you also balance being a father and husband?

Terry Crews:  With acting I really have lots of free time and I spend all of that time with my family.  when you see me, if I am not working then I’m with my family.  They are my entourage.  This is how I balance.  

BMWK: That’s cool.  A lot of times when a man wants to relax he hangs with the fellas.  

Terry Crews:  I am not interested in hanging out with the fellas, the way I relax is at home.  I’d rather relax with my kids and especially with my wife when the kids leave.  

(laughs)

It was very apparent from this brief interview that Mr. Crews places a very large value on his marriage and his family.  He credits his wife and kids with getting him to where he needs to be in life.  I don’t think that there is any better testimony than that.  Kudos to Mr. Crews on his successful marriage and career.  Check him out as the voice of Officer Earl Devereaux in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

BMWK – We’ve always loved Terry Crews, but after talking to him about his life and marriage, we love him even more.  What’s your favorite Terry Crews role or movie?

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Stacey Taylor wrote 43 articles on this blog.

Stacey Taylor aka "The SistahChick" is the 40+ SuperChick behind TheSistahCafe.com, Sistah Buttah, and OurNaturalKids.ning.com. She is a writer, blogger and Social Media Maven with a passion for natural hair and her community. Through her online presence she promotes generational self acceptance for women & children alike. Since 2009 Stacey has used her blog to share her love for Atlanta's thriving social scene, natural hair and her successful life as a wife, mother & entrepreneur. Stacey is an Indiana native currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and kids.

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16 WordPress comments on “Interview: Terry Crews Talks about Life, Marriage, and His Latest Movie

  1. Briana Myricks

    Terry is awesome. I loved his role in Everybody Hates Chris. He loved his kids and loved saving money. Happy to hear that he and his wife are celebrating 24 years. Congratulations to them!

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  2. Kpana Kpoto

    Great interview. I remember seeing Terry Crews and his wife Rebecca on Dr. Oz a few months ago. They are a lovely couple. You can tell that they really support and love each other. It is great to hear a husband acknowledge his wife and the strong role that she plays in his life.

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  3. Lynn

    I have always thought of Terry Crews as the neighbor next door. My kids loved him and Everybody Hates Chris and they are always looking for the re-runs. When I got a chance to see him with his wife and family, it really confirmed he was the neighbor next door. I have watched interviews of Mr. And Mrs. Crews regarding their faith and family. Where they come from and how blessed they are to be where they are today. We can’t wait to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 this weekend. As my girls pointed out in the commercials “Mom that’s Terry Crews!” We do love you! Thank you Stacey Taylor for bringing us closer to the Man himself! Blessings!

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  4. kara

    Great interview. This is my favorite part, “I am not interested in hanging out with the fellas, the way I relax is at home. I’d rather relax with my kids and especially with my wife when the kids leave.” Fellas out there, all ya’ll listening. Just sayin’

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  5. Marvin Dowdell

    Really enjoyed the article Stacey. Never really knew that side of Terry. Looking forward to more articles from you. Excellent read.

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  6. Keianna J

    I really enjoyed reading your article. I think what I loved about this article is that I can feel the love Terry Crews has for his family through my computer screen. It is so beautiful to read how he speaks of his wife as his queen and foundation. Simply Beautiful.

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