A pedestrian lifestyle has never interested Romany Malco. Before acting, he pursued a music career as part of ’90s hip-hop group, The College Boyz. He even owned an Internet business for a time. Despite his diverse work experiences, nothing fully prepared him for the rigors of Hollywood. That’s why Malco, best known for his roles in the Showtime series Weeds and the movies Think Like a Man and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, credits fearlessness for his unconventional pathway to top billing.
“I don’t care how broke or terrified I’ve been— I’ve always made a conscious effort to explore worlds outside of my own,” the 45-year-old explains. “I really try to find comfort in discomfort.”
Malco’s willingness to jump headfirst into any situation has served him quite well. The world traveler has lived in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia— by circumstance as a kid and by choice as an adult— and racked up life lessons along the way. “It didn’t matter where I went; I had to fight,” he says of his tumultuous early years growing up between his parents’ native Trinidad, New York and Texas. “But I realize that when you have that sense of safety in your community it can also create a complacency that prevents you from actually venturing out. I never had that. The worst advice I have ever gotten was to know my place— Hell, no. I’m defining my place.”
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