Curtis Hamilton, who most notably portrayed Dr. Dre in the award-winning film, “Surviving Compton,” and starred in HBO hit series “Insecure,” is on to his next chapter as a cast member of MTV’s newest reality series, “The Real Friends of WeHo.” The actor recently sat down with Baller Alert to discuss his career and how he’s used the show as a platform to not only come out to the world but also be an advocate for members of the LGBTQ community who may be experiencing similar struggles.
Before diving into his career as an actor, Hamilton shared that he had other dreams that required him to be on the field instead of a set.
“I’m an athlete, so I grew up in sports. I played college football at Western Kentucky University. Then I went to the NFL for half a second. Like literally went in, and they kicked my butt out,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton’s first big role was starring as Dr. Dre in the Lifetime movie, “Surviving Compton: Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, & Michel’le.” The film is based on the true story of R&B singer Michel’le, who was signed to Eazy E’s Ruthless Records and a former girlfriend of mega music producer Dr. Dre.
“I first met Dr. Dre at Equinox. I thought he was probably one of the most humble celebrities I have ever met in my life. Every time he would see me, he would give me a shout-out,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton shared that when the film was released, he didn’t speak to Dr. Dre after realizing how it portrayed the producer in an unflattering light.
“I was like, ‘It’s business. He gets it,'” said Hamilton.
On the first episode of the “Real Friends of WeHo,” Issa Rae makes a cameo and invites Hamilton to fill a role on the last season of Insecure.
“She’s one of the most real people you’ll meet in this business. She’s honest, she’s loving, she roots for black, and she’s a mogul in her own right,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton also “came out” on the show and shared with us why he chose to do so at that moment.
“I’m at a place in my career where I want to be an advocate and voice. I want to be a person people look at, and they want to find motivation and encouragement that you can still be who you want and who you are. That doesn’t define you whether you’re an actor or athlete or whatever you are,” said Hamilton.
He continued, “I needed to mature not just on a professional side but on a personal side, and I felt like this was going to allow me to open up and be more confident and more honest to live my truth.
Hamilton shared that it’s a constant battle with his family as he continues his journey.
“It is hard for them to understand because they don’t know what I feel. They don’t have those feelings,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton also shared that he’s dating now that he’s out and also discussed future career goals and bonding with other cast mates. See the full interview below.