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“GIRLS TRIP” CONVO EXCLUSIVE

…With Leading Man Larenz Tate!


When four lifelong friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish) take a road trip to New Orleans, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered and romance steams up the Big Easy. “Girls Trip” featuring an all-star cast is the hot summer movie release we’ve all been waiting for and it’s out today! Sophisticate’s Black Hair chatted with actor Larenz Tate—one of the sexy men adding spice to this film foray—to get his take on his role, his grooming game and why this movie is a must-see…

Tell us a bit about your role in “Girls Trip?” 

I play “Julian,” a college friend of the four ladies of “Girls Trip.” My character is closer to Regina Hall’s character “Ryan.”

Why do you think “Girls Trip” will resonate with women seeing the film? 

“Girls Trip” will resonate with women because it has the universal themes of friendship and sisterhood.

What was it like to work with such a phenomenal cast of women on this film? 

Working with the phenomenal women of the film was just that— “phenomenal.” An experience for the books! These are women that I respect as people and artists.

As a cast, did you spend time together away from the camera?

I spent time with all of the women together as a family. Whenever you’re away filming on location, your cast mates become your family away from home. We had a lot of laughs!

Let’s talk about grooming…Can you please describe your on-camera style for “Girls Trip?”

My on camera style had a musician vibe. “Julian” is a bass player who travels around the world. So he definitely has style! I also rocked a Faux Hawk hairstyle for this movie.

Away from the camera, how would you describe your personal style?

Away from the camera my style varies. I like quality, casual gear. I love hats and cool jackets. But I also love a nice fitted suit. I like to keep it classy.

Do you have a favorite barber?

I work with a couple of barbers in LA, New York, Atlanta, ChiTown [Chicago], New Orleans, Toronto and Vancouver. I travel for work a lot so it’s important to keep a good barber on deck in various cities.

How often do you see your barber?

I usually stop through the barbershop once a week.

What it that you love about spending time in a barbershop?

I enjoy going to the barbershop because it’s a place where all sorts of conversational topics are discussed. You don’t have to be politically correct in a barbershop.

Are you pretty good with doing your own hair?

I do have the ability to groom and cut my own hair when necessary. I’m decent at it.

Do you have any favorite products you like to use for grooming? i

The main products I use are African Black Soap and Shampoo

Is there a look/hairstyle you regret trying?

No regrets on hairstyles I’ve tried.

What do you think makes a Black woman especially beautiful? 

Black Women are especially beautiful because Black is Beautiful. We have so many variations of Black Women in our culture. So much to be proud of and to love!

What’s next…where can fans see more of you after “Girls Trip?”

My supporters can look forward to my character arc on Season 4 of “Power” on Starz,the audio series “Bronzeville,” as well as feature film “Business Ethics.”

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