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Interview: Chatting with Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker About their New Fox Talk Show & More

July 6, 2015
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Boris & Nicole

We all watched Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker fall in love on Showtime’s “Soul Food” fifteen years ago. The duo had electric chemistry then, and all these years later they are still going strong, having just celebrated ten years of marriage. With numerous projects under their belt, including Parker’s 2012 Broadway debut in “A Street Car Named Desire” and her role on TNT’s “Murder in the First,” as well as Kodjoe’s recent roles on Fox’s “The Last Man on Earth” and BET’s “Real Husband’s of Hollywood,” it appears that this couple is just getting started.

Today, July 6th, their new talk show “The Boris & Nicole Show,” debuts on Fox (check your local listings for exact times).

Kodjoe and Parker recently chatted with Shadow and Act about their new endeavor, their home life, and what they would be doing if they weren’t actors.

Aramide Tinubu: First of all I’d like to commend you both on your extraordinary careers. It’s been a pleasure to watch you on the big and small screens, even when I was too young to be watching you on ‘Soul Food.’ Also, congratulations on your ten year wedding anniversary, that’s an amazing accomplishment.

Boris Kodjoe: Thank you.

Aramide Tinubu:  The Boris & Nicole Show is really groundbreaking. There has never been a national talk show hosted by a couple; especially not a Black couple. How important is it for our society to see this very particular perspective?

Boris Kodjoe: I think we’ve never really talked about it in that sense, because when you’re part of something like this, the true nature or the potential of what it means doesn’t become apparent until years later.  Just like with Soul Food, so we can’t really worry about it at this point. We’re really enjoying the process; we’re super excited about doing it. The idea has been floating around for five years, and we’ve finally decided to bring it to Fox and they were really excited about it. So, we’re really enjoying the journey. We’re really having a great time together and we can’t wait to connect with people.

Continue reading at Shadow and Act.

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