Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kendrick Cross on Playing His 'Ambitions' Character: "Suddenly It Was Perfect"

Ambitions premieres Tuesday, June 18 at 10 p.m. ET on OWN. Kendrick Cross stars as Titus Hughes, a passionate attorney and dedicated husband to Amara (Essence Atkins). Titus has accepted the challenge of being in-house counsel for a big pharma company run by Hunter Purifoy (Brian Bosworth) to fight a class action suit brought by the powerful Carlisle family.

Cross explained how he eased into the role when We Love Soaps visited the Ambitions set in April.

"Initially, when I first got the audition all they gave me was the scene," he said. "I didn’t know the backstory or anything else. I developed that character. When I got on set, I had eleven different people telling me 'no, he's this" or “no, he’s that.' I was a little confused for the first two episodes."

Cross decided to trust his instincts on the character.

"Ultimately, I said, 'I’m going back to how I auditioned.'" he told us. "Suddenly it was perfect."

Receiving backstory from the show's creator and writer Jamey Giddens helped it all fall into place.

"When Jamey gave me the arc it helped so much," Cross shared. "Also, knowing that Essence was on the other side. Titus was very similar to me. I’m that guy who is quiet, works hard, and love my family so it’s kind of easy to play him. I just fit right into it."

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