Essence Magazine sat down with actor Derek Luke to talk about his new show 'Trauma' and how he has dealt with fame .
ESSENCE.COM: So, Mr. Luke, how in the world did you prepare for such explosive action?
DEREK LUKE: There's a part of me that's on a mission to do the explosive, blowing up and jumping off the cliff into the sea and coming out on a horse. As far as my training, well, I jumped over train stiles and got past the cops when I used to travel from Jersey to New York (laughs). I remember only having a dollar to my name. Now how do you leave Jersey for Manhattanknowing that the dollar you have is for a hot dog and a drink? (laughs).
ESSENCE.COM: Do you ever get used to your fame?
LUKE: It's very easy to remain humble when you know that the fame didn't come from you and that you are part of a mission or service. So it's easy for me to meet people or fans because the thing about fame is that it attracts, and when it does it's all about what you do with those people it attracts. I pressed pause on my TV the other day and I just sat there and looked at my name and the title and said, "Wow, my name is on the screen. This is what you really wanted. That's pretty cool and pretty big!" So I know that I'm blessed to be doing what I love.