It’s really hard to talk to D.B. Woodside when you’ve already seen the man making sweet, sweet love in a shower. He and LisaRaye McCoy had a few love scenes together last season on Single Ladies that have left an impression on my brain, and I feel really bad that it’s one of the first things I think of when get the chance to talk to him. But after a few minutes (of fangirling over his role on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and gushing over said love scene), he admitted that unlike Malcolm Franks, the real D.B. (which is, coincidentally, his Twitter handle) is a quiet introvert who finds his character, who’s currently on the run from the FBI, to actually be a really nice guy.
You were on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which I loved, so I’m going to force a comparison here, but that was a show about a really strong female, and Single Ladies also has really strong women, what’s it like to be a man in those environments?
You have to take it day by day, very slowly. [Laughs] It’s a lot of fun, I’ve been very lucky and I appreciate that, it swings back and forth between being extremely nurturing and loving and supportive, to sometimes like you’re walking through a mine field. But it’s always educational.
What’s your favorite part out playing Malcolm?
He’s someone who’s very up front. He’s someone who knows his worth, and does not allow anyone to steamroll over him. There’s something about that kind of confidence that I find attractive, he’s just very well put together even though he has his own insecurities about relationships.
Is that behavior aspirational to you, or do you have that confidence naturally?
Malcolm and D.B. are very different people. I said last season there’s a lot about him I respect, but I’m not sure I’d ever want to break bread with the man. I think after the first season, I like him more, now he’s someone I would consider having a meal with now after getting to know him more, because I think he’s an extremely misunderstood individual. He’s someone whose intentions are actually pretty good.
One of the most indelible scenes from last season that you were in was the shower love scene, what do you think about when you’re in those moments?
Honestly, there was no preparation for that, LisaRaye and I have great chemistry and we get along very well, and she and I would joke, here we are doing these scenes together but when it would come to the love-making scenes, we were always relaxed because we always knew that we always had each other’s back and we were always supportive. They were always a lot of fun, as well as loving. They were really nice to do. They really were.
Do you have a favorite moment from filming?
There were two. One of my favorite moments was pretty early in the season, Malcolm and Keisha were playing pool and I thought that scene said a lot about their relationship, while they were playing that game of pool. And then I’d also have to say, the moment that really touched me came toward the end of last season when they told each other that they loved one another. That moment I just thought was so real and so honest, I thought that anyone in a relationship could relate to that moment.
I follow you on Twitter and I noticed that a lot of what you post is sort of inspirational, it feels like you’re using Twitter to put positivity out there.
For me, Twitter sometimes feels a little all over the place, but I think life is hard enough, so I’ll take optimism wherever I can get it, whether it’s a stranger or a relative. I think you’ll always grow from hardship and failure, I don’t think we learn that much from success. It feels good and we all want it, but I don’t think we evolve spiritually from it.
What is something no one knows about you?
That I am terribly shy. I’m reading this book right now called “Quiet” and it talks about introverts versus extroverts, so maybe what I should say instead of shy is that I’m an introvert. That doesn’t mean I can’t speak in public or express myself, I just think I can become overstimulated easier, so if you give me the option between going out to a party or having a nice dinner with a few friends, that’s what I’m going to choose. I’m not into light small talk, that makes me slightly uncomfortable, but I’m more attracted to deep conversation.
When you’re being interviewed, does that ever feel invasive to you or like you’re stuck making small talk?
No, because there are no bad questions. And I don’t have a problem telling someone “I’m not going to answer that.” Honesty is something I value, so I don’t really have anything to hide.