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Michael Ealy Talks ‘About Last Night’

Don’t call him the king of romantic comedies.

Despite noteworthy performances in About Last Night, on DVD this Tuesday, and Think Like a Man, Michael Ealy wants you to know there’s more to him than pretty eyes and a killer smile.

JETmag.com chatted with the star about his best relationship advice, the upcoming release of Think Like a Man Too, his return to the small screen and much more.

ON RELATIONSHIPS

“Communication is key. Honesty is the best thing you can do, even if that means you have to break up. You have to attempt to be honest with yourself and her, even if it means making tough decisions. We have to learn how to be honest about that. What does it really mean? How do you deal with that? To make it concise, my best relationship advice is do whatever it takes to try and tell the truth. So at the end of the day, the person knows where you stand and can respect it.”

ON ABOUT LAST NIGHT

“I have to say, I think a lot of people saw the reality of their own relationships in the film. It’s not a film where everybody is doing honky dory and their problems are glossed over. It got to the nitty gritty and minutia of what a relationship is and all of the things that make a relationship more tangible.”

ON THINK LIKE A MAN TOO 

“It’s just funnier. I think the girls… they have their own movie and the guys have their own movie–it’s like two movies in one. With the first one, you see everyone with their significant other and it’s great. But in the sequel, the battle of the sexes element has been modified and now the girls are doing their thing and the guys are doing theirs. The relationship stuff takes a backseat to the funny.”

ON REUNITING WITH THE CAST 

“It was so much fun to see everyone again. Some of them I haven’t seen since the premiere for the last one, so it was nice to see everybody together. There are more scenes this time where everyone was together, so it made for a lot of fun.”

ON RETURNING TO TV

“I would love to jump into another television show. Losing Almost Human, it affected me in a way in which I haven’t felt since Sleeper so I’m going to take some time and reboot. I’m thinking about a couple of things and I may make some different choices. But I will be back.”

ON GIVING BACK 

“Having this time off has been good for me in terms of reconnecting with organizations that I work with. I lost someone very dear to me to pancreatic cancer, so I try to do everything I can so no one else has to go through that, including a recent walk. The Brotherhood Sister Sol honored me and gave me chance to salute them. They’re there day in and day out with the kids, so I spent time giving homage to people that put in work every day. The Urban Arts Partnership just announced the cast for our 24-hour plays, which start June 20. That’s an organization I became involved with through Rosie Perez as an artistic board member. The idea of empowering the youth through art always a good idea, always a good cause. It’s always wonderful to see these kids and their faces light up.”

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About Last Night is available on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, May 20. Think Like a Man Too is in theaters June 20. You can follow Michael Ealy on Twitter @MichaelEaly.