Rob Riley is a true New Yorker. Despite calling L.A. his new home as he wines and dines in and out the celebrity crowd, the Hit the Floor starting five still feels there’s nothing like the Big Apple.
Venturing back to his neighborhood in Brooklyn, we met up with the star at one of his favorite eateries, FootPrints. Walking into the restaurant and smelling the array of Jamaican cuisines, we automatically get a vibe as to who he is, a Trinidadian with love for his Caribbean culture.
Soon we come face to face with Terrence Wall’s real life persona, but not before his younger niece, Kennedy, and nephew, Sean Jr.—who were already seated in the restaurant with their dad (his brother, Sean)—zoom to the door and attack him with cheerful hugs. He’s much more pleasant then his stern faced character on the show and also more attractive (who knew that was possible?). The giggling duo finally free him of their embrace as they trail around him so he can greets us with a hug before commenting on a subject we all know all too well: New York traffic. We take advantage of the the seasonably good weather and sit outside to chat about his football upbringing but pro basketball character.
“It took a little extra time because I did play football predominately, but I did maintain my athleticism. I never stopped working out, lifting weights and training,” the actor told us later on. “That’s one of the ways I stay sane, get the extra aggression out. So I’ve always been an athlete. I did brush up on my basketball skills once we shot the pilot.”
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All Photos Credit: Stacy Ann Ellis