C.J. Wallace, the son of The Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans, has appeared on screen in times past but is looking to raise his profile in the acting arena. The 19-year-old actor appears in the upcoming film Kicks and shared details of his role, his favorite Biggie Smalls song, and much more with The Daily Beast.
Born Christopher Jordan Wallace Jr., after his late father, C.J. was primarily raised in Los Angeles, Calif. with Evans and the man he considers his other father, Todd Russaw. In the chat with Daily Beast, it was revealed how Wallace got the role for Kicks, the feature debut for Justin Tipping, and it looks like Wallace gearing up to make filmmaking a priority which includes slimming down and toning up after playing a beefier character.
From The Daily Beast:
I was actually just grubbin’ that summer!” says a chuckling Wallace. “I’d just graduated high school and was not thinking about anything, and then I get this call for this movie and it worked out great. But starting this year, I began going to the gym, trying to get different roles.”
While the film was shooting on location in Oakland, Wallace would visit a Mexican restaurant around the corner from where he was staying three to four times a week. Each time, he was joined by his chaperone: Lil’ Cease, a Biggie mentee and member of his rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A.
“Cease was everybody’s chaperone. He was the Hood Pope,” recalled Wallace. “There was one day where some dude just came on the set and was like, ‘Hey, where’s Lil Cease at?’ The word just got around that Lil’ Cease was shooting in Oakland.”
Check out the rest of the profile on C.J. Wallace over at The Daily Beast in where he reveals details of he and his brother Jahad looking to throw their hats into the music ring with an upcoming mixtape.