In an interview with Huffington Post, Michael Ealy shared small facts about his personal dating experiences in relation to his role in Steve Harvey’s highly anticipated movie, Think Like A Man. Ealy plays Dominic, a young man motivated by his love interest’s (Taraji P. Henson) go-getter mentality. He tells HuffPo how, as common as it is, letting your ‘dumb-ass’ friends influence decisions in your relationship teaches you a lesson the hard way–something he had to learn in the movie and in his own life:
On whether or not his experiences in previous relationships played any part in his new role
“I definitely paid homage to a few people that I dated in my past who I’ve met and felt like, “Okay, you’re a dreamer, you just don’t have the execution right now.” There’s something very beautiful and compelling about someone who has ambition and someone who knows what they want, but it can get a little frustrating at times, so I understand that. I have sympathy for that. And so I tried to play him accordingly, I tried to give him a little bit of vulnerability and a dreamer’s sensibility. He’s just one of the boys. He’s not a standout guy, so he listens to his boys for all kinds of bad advice. But don’t we all?”
On women having the mindset of a man
“Not really. I think women should have insight as to how men think. Just like men should have insight into how women think. One of the things that this movie does is, everybody looks at the dating game as just that: a game. But with this movie we bring you through that with the gamesmanship and ‘I’m doing this and you’re doing that,’ and all of that chess-playing back and forth. But what brings this movie home in the end is the fact that everyone feels a sense of connection with the other person, which surmounts the gamesmanship. And everybody is able to put the games away and be themselves and that’s where they find the true connection.”
On if he ever resorted to relationship-help books
“No, I wasn’t smart enough to read relationship books when I was coming up. I learned everything the hard way. And I, like Dominic, would listen to my dumb-ass friends. At a certain point you’re like, ‘I got this, thank you!’”
Think Like A Man is slated to hit theaters April 20.