Being the boss in the crime world of New York City is a tricky and bloody affair with loyalties crisscrossing into a maze of paranoia and frenzied choices, but it’s a way to get rich—in the dark—in America.
Created by Courtney A. Kemp, who also serves as showrunner, and executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, the explosive series “Power” understands those complex motivations, and their creative team knows just how to keep the story popping. Now sailing into Season 4—premiering Sunday, June 25, on the Starz network—the saga of James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a drug kingpin living a double life, is still seeking redemption.
The 10-episode season picks up on the heels of James’ highly publicized arrest by his ex-girlfriend, Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), for the murder of FBI agent Greg Knox—ironically a crime he did not commit. Fate has caught up to Ghost, who can’t outrun his past choices and mounting enemies this season, which threaten his freedom and his family’s safety at every turn. His struggle for redemption brings him face-to-face with the feds, the media, new allies and old foes. But the biggest obstacle for Ghost remains himself and his internal struggle between the man he wants to be and the one he really is.
Juicy questions remain: Will Ghost get out of jail? Will he and Tasha ever get their son back? And where the hell is LaKeisha?
The cast is on strict orders not to spill the beans, but here is a brief excerpt from an afternoon with Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, La La Anthony and Rotimi Akinosho.
Akinosho (Dre): My character’s loyalty is only to his daughter, and he feels that he’s as smart as Ghost and Kanan. As the season goes on, he’s figuring out how loyalties work. He just wants to be the man at the top of the hill and he’s willing to do anything for that.
I grew up with Dres in real life. I grew up with those people who had that mentality. I am going to do what I gotta do by any means necessary mentality. Would we be friends [with my character]? Well, I would be cool with him. You know, throw him a dap and keep it real, keep it real cordial.”
Anthony (LaKeisha): LaKeisha is loyal. I know a lot of LaKeishas. I have friend who is my “LaKeisha” and that’s where I draw from [she has] …. no filters, no hold bars. She’s like ‘girl what are you doing? You don’t need to be doing that!’ I love it and I accept it.
On working with Courtney A. Kemp
Akinosho: It’s a blessing. Every scene and every line is straight up dope. It has layers and as an actor, when you have layers, it’s exciting because you can just bring it every type. Because the writing is so creative [as an actor] you have choices so you are not tied to just one choice. We [the cast] are fans of the show. When we get our script at the table read we are
excited and always surprised.
Anthony: It’s exciting for us because we are working alongside so many talent actors and actresses that it forces us to step our game up. You cannot come to the “Power” set half ass and not bring yours. “Power” has really molded us into being really great in what we do and push us to be even better.
Father’s Day shout-out
Akinosho: My father’s work ethics taught me how to be a professional. My parents are Nigerian, so they came here [United States of American] basically homeless and now my father is a retired investment banker. His work ethnic has really pushed me and taught me that I have no excuses.
Anthony: Definitely a big shout-out to my dad. He’s one of my best friends. His favorite saying is [to] live your life from the inside out, and it’s something that I go by every single day. And also to Mellow [Carmelo Anthony], who’s the absolute most amazing dad to our son Kiyan. So all the kudos in the world to him.