From the moment season 2 premiered, Fox’s STAR has put its foot on the gas, and the drama, music and sensational storylines haven’t slowed down since. This season has brought brand new goals, heartbreaks and even more obstacles for Carlotta (Queen Latifah), Star (Jude Demorest), Simone (Brittany O’Grady) and Alex (Ryan Destiny). As the second season barrels toward what will surely be a tumultuous conclusion, one character stands at the center — orchestrating much of the chaos.
Lance Gross made his STAR debut in season 2 as the mercurial Maurice Jetter, the head of A&R at Midtown Records. Though Maurice seemed to be a stand-up guy in the beginning, his true nature began to show as his past and his temperament started to unravel. It’s a role that Gross has thoroughly enjoyed diving headfirst into. “Maurice is so ambitious —he wants to win,” the Oakland native explained to me ahead of STAR’s season two finale. “When I first started with this character I didn’t know that he was gonna take the turn that he took. We all were kind of trying to figure out the character. In my talks with Lee Daniels, we knew he was going to become dark, but we didn’t exactly know how. As the season progressed it just started to get real interesting. It’s fun because its something that I haven’t really played too much in the past, and that’s been interesting as an actor. I wouldn’t say (Maurice) is a bad guy, I would just say he’s about winning. He wants what’s best for his artists and he sees something that shines in Star, so he’s going full speed ahead with breaking her out.“
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