Omar Miller
Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you in life?

Omar Benson Miller: You know what? I have a real hunger to experience life. I’m really, really inspired by my family. I grew up with my family, really did a lot; we took a lot of road trips, we did a lot of different businesses, we’d always tried stuff. For me, that just kind of sparked something from the time I was a kid. I’m the youngest of seven kids, so I watched six siblings trying, failing, succeeding for years and years and years. When you’re a kid, you want to be like your older siblings, and it made me want to be like that. My parents were like that as well. It was kind of crazy.

RP: Can you talk about how you’ve overcome stuff?

OBM: I think that the only way that you’re going to succeed anywhere is to fail, as crazy as that sounds. It’s the only way. You have to fail your way up. For me, I decided to try things, and I started to do things that would take me out of my comfort zone, and a lot of the times, that will cause you to either sink or swim. Really, I just lean on my inner circle and my faith to try to continue to encourage me so that I’m never out. I can be down, but I’m never out.

I’m learning that when you get out into the world and you try things, it’s amazing that you’ll find how strong you are when you have to be. One of my brothers used to tell me all the time, “Listen, nobody is going to discover you in the living room.” It’s about being interactive in life and participating in your own life. Once you get a grasp on that, you understand. “OK, I can take a couple of knocks. They can hit me on the chin, and I can get up.” That’s what it’s about. It’s not about not getting knocked down but getting up. Making sure that you keep pursuing whatever that passion is. For me, that passion is entertainment.

RP: What projects are you working on now?

OBM: I am just finishing up Weekend Fix with Esquire Network, and now I’m shooting Ballers with HBO, and it’s going well. It’s supposed to come out over the summertime, and it’s a dramedy from the team behind Entourage and Boardwalk Empire. With Dwayne Johnson, myself, Rob Corddry, Troy Garity. To show the inside lives of professional football players, of NFL football players. So far, it’s been a lot of fun. All the stuff you read about on TMZ and you see in the news but in a fictionalized way.

Omar Miller is an actor with film and television credits including 8 Mile, Homefront, Transformers, CSI: Miami, and Esquire Networks’ Weekend Fix. He will also appear in HBO’s Ballers, coming up in June.

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