Michael Ealy: On Heartbreak, Heartthrob & Moving Forward

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Michael Ealy is the dreamboat actor that many women seem to swoon over. From the great smile to the dreamy eyes, Ealy lights up the screen in nearly every role he has. But the now married father of a son says the dreams of being an actor almost never came to light because he couldn’t get a break and almost gave up.

Ealy spent five years working as a waiter in New York City before getting his big break in Barbershop in 2001. “There were times where I’d feel like, ‘I’m a waiter. I’m not an actor. I’m a waiter,” he says of the nights he’d go home with a little over $30 in his pocket.

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It wasn’t until 2001 that Ealy got his big break in Ice Cube produced film, Barbershop. Since then, he’s starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in Underworld Awakening and opposite Matt Dillon, Idris Elba and Hayden Christensen in the action flick Takers, and he was personally picked by Will Smith to play his younger brother in Seven Pounds. He’s also portrayed a Buffalo Soldier in the Spike Lee World War II epic Miracle at St. Anna, For Colored Girls with Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg and Phylicia Rashad, The Perfect Guy...and the list goes on and on.