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Luke James says acting career has fueled his creativity; dishes on third season of ‘Star’


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Luke James has recently merged his promising musical career with an even glitzier endeavor: acting. 

While James has worked with the likes of Beyoncé and the late Prince, the New Orleans talent says his TV and film roles — including his current role on Star — have “fueled” his musical creativity.

“Music had always been forefront,” James told ABC Radio. “But music opened up the doors for me to be able to jump into film.”

In 2013, James landed his first on-screen role in the Kasi Lemmons-directed family drama Black Nativity. He then went on to portray singer Johnny Gill in BET’s hit biopics The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story. 

Now, James is set to star in Little, a modern-day take on the identity-swapping classic film Freaky Friday, alongside Regina Hall, Issa Rae and Marsai Martin.  

“[Little] is actually my first film, I didn’t have anything to do with music, which is a step into a new artistic view. It all fuels my creativity,” James explained. 

And his role on Star has proved to be the perfect blend of his musical and acting talents. Cast as Noah Brooks, an embattled singer with an ambitious streak, James says his character will prove to be triumphant this season. 

“You’ll see him on his way up. Got a kid now. He has a new reason to live. And, you’ll see a lot of things: him dealing with mental issues that he has [and] him work through those issues,” James said. 

He added: “Hopefully, people will see that you need to work through these things.”

Star airs on FOX on Wednesday at 9/8 C.

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