*“It comes from the heart. It was done with a lot of love. This was about race and race relations and healing, and I wanted to do it through music. Sh*t got real. This has been a very difficult time for me. The only thing that saved me is my work. We need to escape. Right now, we need to heal.” – Lee Daniels
*Above, Oscar nominee Lee Daniels describes his passion for his latest series “Star,” an emotionally powerful drama following three young singers, as they navigate the cut-throat music business, featuring a soundtrack of original music and performances.
EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas attended a private screening of the FOX show and talked with male lead Quincy Brown.
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EUR: How is “Star” different from “Empire”?
Quincy Brown: It’s not “Empire” at all. It’s a new setting and a new message. The music is different. The world is different. It’s made from a different place. You will be drawn to it because of the realness. This is finally the time where TV is real from A to Z. Instead of a little realness here, and a lot of exaggerate there. In the current day in age, we can take advantage of that.
EUR: What can viewers expect to see musically?
Quincy Brown: The music numbers are phenomenal. You see the passion between the group but then you see the real life. You see it clash and then when it bleeds into the musical numbers you are attached it in a different way. The message we are conveying, bleeds into the music like a sprinkle. I can’t wait for the world to see it. It feels like a movie. You’re going to get that feeling with every episode.
EUR: What can you tell us about your character Derek?
Quincy Brown: Derek is an activist. He has a tough past. His father was killed at a young age, which put him in a world where everything feels contradicting. His father was a cop and he died working. Derek was raised around cops, they were his heroes. He respected them but with the fatalities of Black males by police officers he’s in an empty space, a gray space. He has to figure himself out.
A special preview of “Star” airs December 14th on FOX after the fall finale “Empire” at 8PM ET/PT.