MTV’s Keith Powers On ‘Faking It’ & His Girl Crush Zendaya

Everyone has been buzzing about ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ the movie which depicts the rise of the NWA in the 1980s. While the movie isn’t set to release until late this summer, Keith Powers is one actor in the movie that we can’t get enough of. Not only has Keith continued his role as Theo on MTV’s ‘Faking It,’ but he has also recently starred in the Yahoo original series, ‘Sin City Saints.” We caught up with Keith Powers to talk drunk tweeting, independent women, and watching yourself on the big screen.

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You chose to pursue acting instead of football, are there aspects of both career paths that overlap?

Well I can use my football skills for some roles, which is fun. For example, I did a Gatorade commercial where I had to do football drills and workouts. It was easy because I have been doing that my whole life.

How does it feel to be acting as a rising basketball star on ‘Sin City Saints?’

It feels great. It is like best of both worlds. I get to be an athlete and act as well and I absolutely love both.

Which basketball team are you rooting for currently?

The Sacramento Kings or LeBron James.

You seem to have taken to some drunk tweeting the other night, what do you do when you wake up to see you’ve sent some serious drunk texts?

I forgot what I said, but when I looked in the morning, it is like “what in the world?”. Keep the Twitter app away when you have had a few. Far away.

What’s your drink of choice?

I like any red wine.

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“It is still hard for me to see myself on TV.

I am like, ‘wow, that is really me.'”

How has going out changed since you’ve started your role on MTV’s ‘Faking It’?

You have to pace yourself. Save that energy for work and not drink as much.

You have said that you’d love to play Michael Jackson in a bio-pic, what’s your favorite MJ song to get your groove on to?

‘Remember The Time’ is my favorite Michael Jackson song.

Besides your great looks, what other qualities do you think make you a great catch?

I am not petty. I am sarcastic and goofy and I do not worry about materialistic things so much.

What type of girls do you usually go for?

Girls who do not need a man. Girls who are so focused they do not even have the time to give a man the time of the day because of their career. 

Who’s your dream girl?

My dream girl right now is Zoe Kravitz or Zendaya. Both my crushes.

Where would you take her on a first date?

Race car driving or to the movies. Typical second option, but I love the movies.

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What do you think is the hardest thing about dating a model or actor?

Having to deal with other celebrities going after your girl.

You seem to have a crazy busy schedule, what is something you wish you had more time for?

I wish I had more time to play my video game sometimes.

How do you feel when you watch  yourself on screen?

I cringe. It is still hard for me to see myself on TV. I am like, “wow that is really me.”

What can we expect from ‘Straight Outta Compton?’

‘Straight Outta Compton’ will be crazy, wild, fun, real, and just a straight classic.

Who’s your favorite role that you’ve played thus far?

I believe Theo from ‘Faking It’ is my favorite thus far.


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