There comes a time in every creative’s life where a decision has to be made. Either they’re going to continue down their path or they’re going to start creating their own. Lucky for us, Cory Hardrict is choosing to do the latter. Known for holding his own alongside movie vets such as Clint Eastwood (Grand Torino) and Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), we’re now witnessing Hardrict come into his own greatness with the indie film Destined.
Destined tells the parallel stories of Sheed and Rasheed, both portrayed by Hardrict, as they explore the idea of destiny as well as how the smallest incident can manifest itself into a life changing event. Written and directed by Qasim Basir, Destined presents two possible outcomes, involving everything from street violence to corporate corruption.
After getting a chance to catch his dynamic performance in the movie, EBONY.com caught up with the rising star to talk about how he stakes his own claim in the industry, the iconic project he’ll be taking on next, and why he’s destined to win an Oscar.
Ebony.com: You did an amazing job managing the two main characters. How did you prepare for these dual roles?
Hardrict: I did a film that was similar to that world, which was Brotherly Love, and the audience fell in love with [my character] June. So to be honest, I remembered what I did in that movie and studied that film and my mannerisms while shooting in Philly. I went to Detroit and told Q [the director] to put me in the ‘hood. I like to see how they operate, how they live, their world and their language. I just told him throw me in the snow and let’s get busy. I just grounded the characters and had a great time. I put all of my honest effort into both characters. I just go for it. I leave it all on the camera.
Ebony.com: You’ve been acting for a long time, how do you stay grounded as you navigate through the industry?
Hardict: I keep God first. I have an amazing wife, Tia, and an amazing son, Cree, and I’m a family man first and they keep me grounded. They’re my support system, so they make me stronger. They allow me to go out and act and be humble and keep it simple. It’s about the people, it’s not about me. God gave me this gift to bless the world. That’s what I’m here to do. They say it takes 20 years to be an overnight sensation and I’ve been acting 22 years so I’m just gonna keep going. And keep it consistent.
Source: Ebony/Melissa Kimble