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TRINITY WHITESIDE MAY COVER

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TRINITY WHITESIDE

We had the pleasure of not only having the one and only Mr. Trinity Whiteside on our May cover but we were excited to have a one on one with him so all of you can get to know the man behind our May cover!!!

Cover Model: Trinity Whiteside, Photographer: Elvis Piedra & Creative Director: LaToya Hayward

Latoya:
We’re definitely excited to have you on the May cover of Luxe! What do it feel like being on the cover of a magazine?

Trinity:
It’s so surreal! I’m so excited, you know. You thanked me for being here, but I thank you guys for having me. I’m just as excited to be here with you guys and I just I can’t wait for to see it.

Latoya:

What’s one of the thing you want your readers to take away from you being on this cover and being in this magazine?

Trinity:
Just a little bit of insight as to who I am. I’m down to earth, I’m laid back, I’m chill and just thankful. I’m thankful! I’m thankful for everything! I’m thankful for everything I have, I’m thankful for the things that I don’t have. A lot of times we are thankful for what we get, but we forget to be thankful for the things that we don’t get, or things that don’t happen, that could happen to us. So I’m thankful for everything.

Latoya:
Awesome! Speaking of that, who is Trinity?

Trinity:
Oh, he’s a husband, he’s a father. He’s an actor. He’s an introverted/extrovert. I’m reserved until I’m comfortable and when I think I’ve reached a certain level of comfort, more of my natural side can show. A lot of people don’t know I’m very comedic. If you ask any of my family or my friends, they will tell you, I’m probably one of the funniest people they know. So, that’s something that I think a lot of people don’t know but I think we’ll get to know.

Cover Model: Trinity Whiteside, Photographer: Elvis Piedra & Creative Director: LaToya Hayward

Latoya:
How did you get started acting?

Trinity:
I was in dental hygiene, and I was doing that simply as a means of having a career and being able to provide for my family and that was it. There was no happiness there. There was no drive to do that. I told my wife and she stated that she could tell I wasn’t happy. We had a conversation about what I wanted to do, you know and I told her I wanted to act. I’ve always been drawn to the arts, whether it be acting or illustration. My wife gave me her support so I started sending out my portfolio here. I started getting booked for extra roles and featured on shows like The Game on BET and the Originals on CW. I was also booked for the movie Lila & Eve with Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez and Barbershop III. I got my first green credit and started out as a featured extra on The Fate of the Furious. It just started getting bigger and bigger.

You never want to put any kind of time constraints on your dream, because when I started 20, years ago, or 20 days ago. It’s going to happen when it’s supposed to. And had I gave up after three years after four years, I wouldn’t be where I am today you. The blessing that you’re waiting on can be coming tomorrow. You will never know it or receive it if you give up today.

Latoya:
How do you stay motivated?

Trinity:
That constant grind of where I need to be. I know there’s more than me. I’ve always had an ability to self-motivate. No one had to tell me what I needed to do. When it’s something that I love, I go hard. For example, I just came out of the gym and I’m in there six days a week. I do cardio for an hour and a half, weight workout and then cardio after that workout. When you love what you do; it shows.

Latoya:
What was it like when you got that call back for the role of Preston on Tyler Perry’s hit show, “Sistas”

Trinity:
It was interesting and this kind of leads back to what I said about being thankful for everything. Initially, I spoke with Tyler and he brought me in to audition for the Oval. The role that I audition for ended up only being like three episodes. I didn’t get the role nor was I discouraged. It’s okay to be disappointed, as long as you’re not discouraged. I texted him even though I didn’t get the role and thanked him for the opportunity and that I was certain he and I would work together down the line.
A week later he texted me and asked if me if I wanted to audition for a role. He said he had a role that he thought would be perfect for me. He only one episode but if I killed the role it could turn into a lot more. I sent in my tape and it worked out. myself tape. It started out as one episode, but ended up being six episodes by the end of season one. When I say I’m thankful, I’m thankful! I was blessed enough not to get that first because there was something better waiting for me.

Latoya:
What is it like working with Tyler Perry?

Trinity:
It’s amazing! Like, people don’t understand what it’s like when you work for someone who makes everything fun and comfortable. If you think he’s funny in his movies, but he’s even funnier in person. We all have some fun times in between takes on set, it’s amazing. I’ve never been a morning person and hate getting up in the morning. But this is one thing that I will get up for.

Latoya:
We know that the show and your character Preston touch on a lot of issues surrounding race. We know that your wife is also African American. How have you both handled issues that’s displayed on the show?

Cover Model: Trinity Whiteside, Photographer: Elvis Piedra & Creative Director: LaToya Hayward

Trinity:
With me being biracial, that’s the number one question I get asked, “Are you black” or “Are you mixed” and that’s going all the way back through elementary school. Preston is probably one of the more difficult roles, I think I will play, because it’s being a white man, which I don’t identify as. I really don’t have any experience and I grow up with the mentality of an African American man. Being around my wife, my friends, and my father’s side of family is why I perceive myself that way. With the character Preston, I’m trying to portray someone who is completely white, who doesn’t have an understanding of anything African American or where he comes from. I think it’s necessary for that to be shown more, because people need to understand we’re always going to have these barriers and we’re always going to have these issues. As long as we fail to communicate and understand; we’re always going to run into these roadblocks. That’s why the country’s current racial climate is what it is today. We are starting to get the wheels to turn a little bit more, however we still have more work to do.
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Latoya:
Was it challenging to figure out which nationality you wanted to identify with?

Trinity:
With the character Preston, I had to go somewhere that I had never been before. In real life, it’s just natural because I naturally gravitate towards my African American Heritage.

Latoya:
Do you feel that there’s a lack of diversity on television?

Trinity:
Absolutely and that’s why I’m so proud to be a part of the show that’s doing so well. We are a number one show that’s being led by four African American women. There’s not a lot of it out there, and to be a part of a show where there’s representation of not only African Americans, but African American women;
is something that I take great pride in. I think we need more of that in Hollywood; where you can have African American ladies leading your network, program, movie or show and it be extremely successful.

Latoya:
Here at Luxe we definitely always stress the importance of inner beauty. What are some inner beauty qualities you think a person should possess?

Trinity:
For me, honesty , loyalty, and originality. I think people should be who they are, not who they think they should be or who they think others want them to be. I believe that everybody’s beautiful in their own way and no one, regardless of opinion or appearance has the right to make that judgment.

Latoya:
Nowadays, women are changing their bodies for a perfect figure. They’re also being blocked on social media platforms like Tik Tok. So, what’s your take on plus size women and how society view us?

Trinity:
I don’t understand. I feel like there’s beauty in everyone, regardless of their shape or size. I hate when people feel like they need to be built a certain way or shaped a certain way, because of social media. I feel like you’re beautiful no matter what size you are. My wife has curves and I love every single curve, but she also has to love her body. Recently, she’s been getting back in shape and I told her I was glad, because I want her to be healthy. I tell people all the time if you’re going to exercise and be fit, do it for your health. My diet didn’t change the way I look. I want to be healthy and I feel like that’s how everyone should look at it. There are people who take the quick route and want to have surgery or take diet pills, but that’s only making you smaller. That’s not doing anything as far as your health is concerned.

Latoya:
Someone looking at to your body type make think that’s easy for you to say. Have you ever been on the other side of things, where you’ve put on extra pounds?

Trinity:
I really I really haven’t. I haven’t been heavier but it was by design because of the way I worked out and what I was looking to achieve as far as my workout regimen. Okay, but, you know, I have. Okay, and we know you have children.

Latoya:
What legacy do you want to leave for children, for your family, and for your fans?

Trinity:
For my fans for my children’s foremost, I just want them to understand that if you have a love and a passion for something don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you should do this instead, because they think you’d be great at this. Go after what you love! Whether it be a person, an occupation, or whatever that true love is. If you want it bad enough, go for it.

Cover Model: Trinity Whiteside, Photographer: Elvis Piedra & Creative Director: LaToya Hayward

Latoya:

Where can people find you on social media and where they can watch the show?

Trinity:

You can follow me on Instagram @Trinity_Whiteside and on Twitter @he_ man_ 82. You can also follow me on Facebook fan page at Trinity Whiteside. Season 3 of sisters will premiere. June 9. I know everyone’s saying, “why do I have to wait so long, but because of the fans, and how much you guys love us; we’re coming back quick. Season 1 ended last March, season 2 didn’t come back until October. They loved it so much they had to bring us back quicker.
Season 3 will premiere June 9 @ 9pm. Wednesdays won’t be easy.

Latoya:
What’s something you like to do for fun and something your fans don’t know about you?

Trinity:
I like to draw. That’s something that I’ve always been gifted in. It’s falls in my artistic side. Even in elementary school, one of my art teacher sent one of my drawings to a school of arts here in North Carolina and they began to recruit me and tried to get me to come, but I never went because I didn’t want to leave my friends.

Latoya:
Were you a nerd in school?

Trinity:
I wasn’t a nerd. I made great grades, I was a straight A student, but I got into enough trouble for it two lifetimes!!!!

Thank you so much Trinity for doing this interview! Now let’s take some silly selfies……. 