Power star La La Anthony is getting a real kick out of the backlash over co-star Omari Hardwick’s awkward double kiss with Beyoncé at the NAACP Image Awards Saturday. The actor took home the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series honour, but what people are remembering (and mercilessly commenting on) is his offstage slip-up where he made the unfortunate decision to go in for, not one, but two kisses when greeting Beyoncé.
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The spectrum of backlash for the actor has ranged from innocent trolling over the weird moment, to more serious questions about consent, but La La thinks 50 Cent (who also stars in Power) has covered the sentiment coming from the cast with his savage social media trolling.
“I don’t even know what to say,” she told etalk. “I mean, 50 (Cent) has said enough for all of us. I just keep seeing him posting it… I’m glad people can make a joke out of it.”
50 Cent posted video of the encounter on both Instagram and Twitter with the caption, “Season 6 of POWER Jay Z kills [Hardwick’s character] Ghost don’t miss it we lit.”
Jokes aside, La La has all the love for Omari and says he’s more than deserving of his Image Award.
“It’s very well-deserved, I think Omari is one of the most talented actors in the game,” Anthony said. “I sometimes just watch him in awe of his work and how he approaches the material. He’s incredible and he deserves that.”
It was a big night for Anthony as well, since the entire Power cast took home the honour for Best Drama. The show starts its sixth season this summer and La La couldn’t have more praise for the experience and her co-stars.
“It’s been life-changing, I get to work with people that are more than friends, we’re like family,” she said. “When you’re on a show for six seasons, you become family with everyone there. It’s been an incredible experience and, for my character, Lakeisha, just watching her growth over the seasons has been amazing and I think this will be her biggest season yet.”
And La La’s using that success to give back too. The host-turned-actress was in Toronto for a panel at The Weeknd’s creative incubator, HXOUSE — a place where young creatives can gain the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen creative industry. La La spoke alongside Bella Hadid about a range of topics including learning how to be an innovator, building a business and mental health. She told etalk that she’s happy to have an opportunity to help out up-and-comers.
“It’s absolutely an amazing thing, we’re blessed to be in these positions to give back, if you don’t give back, then what are you doing?” she said. “That’s why, when I got the call, I was definitively on a plane from New York to come here to support.”