Marcus Scribner rocks his bright orange suit in this still from black-ish.
In the most recent episode, Marcus‘ character Junior is running for class president and is definitely overqualified for the job. He just can’t seem to connect with his fellow classmates, so dad Dre (Anthony Anderson) appoints himself as his campaign manager and tries to make Junior appeal to the masses.
JJJ sat down with Marcus after the episode aired to talk about the importance of voting and having a say in who runs things. Check out what he shared with us:
JJJ: What were your first thoughts when reading the script and hearing that you guys were doing a political episode?
Marcus Scribner: When I read the script I felt like it was perfect timing for black-ish to air a political episode. With the current political turbulence we are experiencing in America, we, as a show, felt this topic was one we wanted to explore and deliver on.
JJJ: Junior runs for class president with some help from his dad, and ends up not really running as himself. What do you think the takeaway message was there?
MS: I think that the takeaway message is to always be yourself. Do not succumb to the image others try to present you to be. In the end, if embrace who you are authentically that’s when you allow others to see all the gifts you have to offer. Ultimately, this is what wins Junior the office.
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JJJ: Do you think Junior would have made a good class president? Why or why not?
MS: I think that Junior would be an amazing class president because of the awareness he has for everyone. It is important to him that others, regardless of their differences, feel respected. I think Junior would be a noble and kind class president. Any school would be lucky to have him.
JJJ: The episode definitely highlighted the importance of voting and being informed. Is that something you often talk about with the cast, family and/or friends?
MS: Voting is something we definitely talk about at my house as well as on set because of the importance and significance that this power holds. If you are not voting, your voice will not be heard. It executes your right to create change.
JJJ: You’re not old enough to vote yet, but do you plan on voting in the next election?
MS: I will definitely be voting in next year’s election. As soon as I get this right, I am not going to be complacent to utilize this power.
JJJ: What was your favorite moment of the episode?
MS: My favorite moment of the episode was getting to wear that nectarine pantsuit! It is always cool to see the different outfits Junior gets to wear. The most inspiring moment to me was seeing Jack, Johan, and Pops realize the importance of voting because of watching Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech. That moment really cemented in my mind; the individual say that every citizen has when it comes to their vote and the importance of making an informed decision.
JJJ: Can you tease about what’s coming up for Junior?
MS: Junior is getting older. Discovering who he really is. He’s trying to see how far he can push his boundaries with his dad. He also may or may not have a love interest this year which is a huge step forward for Junior. We will also be tackling a lot more important issues this season and handle them with caring humor. It’s an exciting season in general and I am pumped for everyone to see it!