J. Alphonse Nicholson teared up while talking about his love for his P-Valley role of Lil Murda on Tamron Hall’s show.
Nicholson was a guest alongside several of his co-stars on the daytime talk show. While on the show, Nicholson talked about why he loves playing Lil Murda, describing the character as “the every man.”
"It's such an honor to bring such a complex story to the table and to be a representation for any and everyone," he said. "…So I'm just crying because, like I said, the love is overwhelming, and being able to step into these shoes and bring Katori Hall's story to light and to represent a Black woman. I'm truly grateful for it."
Watch the full interview below:
Nicholson has talked at length about what he finds fascinating about Lil Murda
Recently he was a guest on the Blavity Orignals/Shadow and Act series Rewind the Scene series. He said that playing a character who is closeted, but is trying to express his sexuality, represents so many people he’s known in his life.
“We know so many Lil Murdas,” he said, adding that he personally knows people from his own family who are or were closeted. “…I told this story for them, for my brothers and sisters and everyone in between who struggle with being themselves.”
Nicholson has also defended his character from homophobic responses from famous viewers, such as comedian Lil Duval and rapper Plies.
In response to the dust-up caused by Lil Duval, Nicholson wrote on Twitter, “The love is real the hate is real. As an actor the ultimate goal is to be as believable as possible. Relax, precise, fierce. Although @PValleySTARZ is a fictional story I’m grateful for the real conversations that are being had. Job well done.”
With Plies, however, he was more pointed, saying in an xoNecole interview, “It’s interesting because he knew every character’s name, knew exactly what they said, and so you wonder ‘are people traumatized?’ Are you confused? Or are you just scared to kinda accept maybe who you are or those who are around you are?”
He also defended his co-star Nicco Annan, who plays Lil Murda's love interest Uncle Clifford, from Plies' comments about Annan's weight.
“…I don’t got nothing against that brother,” he said. “I will say this publicly, though, I do think it’s very unkind to talk about people’s appearance and weight and if you have something harsh to say, like… the 300 pounds of pressure joke… Nicco Annan is my good brother, I love that brother, and I wouldn’t let anyone disrespect him to his face nor through the internet… but um yea, worry about your own weight, dawg… worry about your own weight…”