Omari Hardwick: “My Name Gives Me Something To Strive For”
Actor, poet and star of the breakout hit, “Power”, Omari Latif Hardwick grew up in Decatur, Georgia. His parents gave him a name to set a precedent – “Omari” means “most high,” and “Latif” means “gentle.”
“I, in no way, believe that I am the highest or most high, but I feel like my name gives me something to strive for,” says Omari.
Growing up, sports were everything to Hardwick, but he still had a passion for the arts. By the age of 14, Hardwick was writing poetry on a regular basis, a passion he would carry with him into adulthood. In high school, he excelled at basketball, baseball, and went on to play college football. Although a star on the field, Hardwick never gave up his passion for acting, and even minored in theater in college.
In nearly every facet of his life, Hardwick has two sides. Just like now he’s sports guy, but also a serious actor and poet–a straight up artist. But it all works. “I would say, as loving as I am … I am definitely an extremely temperamental man who has a very large temper,” he told BuzzFeed. But it’s his job as an actor that pulls it all together. “Acting is the art of being and existing, and not being fake,” he added.