The entire original cast of Think Like a Man will heat up the summer June 20, because they’re all back for the highly anticipated sequel, Think Like a Man Too. And this time they’re taking all their relationship drama to Sin City itself, Las Vegas. In this film, what starts out as a romantic weekend quickly goes awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail a big event.
EBONY.com was invited to visit the set while the film was shooting in Vegas (Caesars Palace played host).
The cast—including Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Romany Malco, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart—all sat down for a no-holds-barred interview about their characters, their favorite scenes, what fans can expect from the sequel.
EBONY: What did you think when you found out there was going to be a sequel? Was it a surprise? Was it serendipity?
Kevin Hart: I don’t know what serendipity is…
Taraji P. Henson: I’m a little nervous whenever something goes really well and then they’re like, “Okay, we’re going to do a part two.” ’Cause I’ve seen a lot of part twos flop, and sometimes it’s so good you should leave it alone. But I just feel like this one could be possibly better than the first one.
Wendi McLendon-Covey: I wasn’t in the first one, but let me tell you: as a viewer, for selfish reasons I wanted there to be a second one, because I wasn’t done watching these characters. You have to see these relationships through to the end.
Michael Ealy: At the time we made the first one, I never had more fun or sex during making a movie. So that was enough for me to come back! [laughter]
EBONY: Talk about the arc that your character takes in the film.
Meagan Good: Mya and Zeek are at the point now where they’ve been together for a while and they’re doing really well, except for Zeek’s past keeps rearing its ugly head. And then also… there’s just constant questions and places that we feel we’re not seeing eye-to-eye. So there’s a little bit of dysfunction there.
Michael Ealy: I think, like, most of the couples in the sequel, it’s all about the maturation process of the relationship. And I think Dom and Lauren are once again pretty solid in the second one, but independently confronted with challenges to the relationship that they’re kind of forced to work out individually.
Kevin Hart: I don’t really think that tracking my story is the same as theirs. As far as Ced, my relationship is in and out. Like, we’re back to a place where we’re getting a divorce and it just hasn’t happened yet, so it’s the revolving situation that’s never-ending. So it’s the same thing carrying into this one.
Jerry Ferrara: For Jeremy and Kristen, they got married, and with marriage obviously now there’s… not a new set of problems, but a new set of marital issues in beginning the next step. It’s the ring, and then marriage, and then family and dealing with trying to make that happen.
Regina Hall: Well, we’re getting married!
Terrence J: I think we watched Michael grow. He’s broken a lot of the mama’s boy tendencies, but my mom, she hasn’t gotten it, so she’s still very much involved. She’s still very much controlling, and I think her character plays out a lot with all of the women.
Gary Owen: I wanted to see who I was married to. Because in the first one, I had a whole ’nother vision in my head than her. I thought she was going to be Asian, so it shocked me when they gave me a White lady.
EBONY: What’s the best or worst piece of relationship advice you’ve ever gotten?
Kevin Hart: Get married.
EBONY: Was that the best or worst?
Kevin Hart: You figure it out.
Taraji P. Henson: Well, obviously I didn’t get any best advice because I’m still single—or I did, and it was the worst advice.
Meagan Good: I used the 90-day rule thing, but I kept it going and went a year and ended up getting married. And it’s been awesome!
EBONY: What part of your character’s development or what aspect of their personality do you identify with the most?
Kevin Hart: The whole misinterpretation thing. He takes things and runs with it, whether it’s correct or incorrect. I do that in real life. I assume that things are a certain way and I’ll go and plan things according to what I thought it should be. And with Cedric, that’s the whole thing within this movie. Me being the best man is because I assumed that I was the choice from a conversation that we were having. I was never truly picked to be the best man, but they didn’t have the heart to tell me so. They let me run with the mistake.
Taraji P. Henson: Being successful and single and that being an issue with guys that want to date me. Sometimes they get a little intimidated by my success.
EBONY: What do you want the audience to take away from your characters?
Gabrielle Union: Sometimes the best thing is to chill the hell out. Just chill out and have fun and ride it ’til the wheels fall off. The first one was about “follow these rules and X will happen.” This I think is almost the opposite. Relax, have a good time, let the magic happen, don’t force it.
Meagan Good: Don’t try to make the person that you’re with the person that you want them to be. Love them for who they are and for the person you initially fell in love with.
Michael Ealy: In the first one, there’s a lot of mind games and courtship and stuff like that. I think in this particular film, the connection is there. The hard part is figuring out how to stay there. That’s where the real work begins, when you’re actually in the relationship.
EBONY: How much are you improvising? Do you ever actually do a take from the script?
Gary Owen: I’ve never actually read the script.
Kevin Hart: There’s a script?
Taraji P. Henson: We usually do the first take from the script and then [director] Tim [Story] lets us have fun.
EBONY: What’s been your favorite scene to shoot?
Kevin Hart: The day when we were doing a toast. When Terrence was talking, I’m slurping the martini glass while he was talking. I’m so pissed off that I’m like slurping my drink as if I’m drunk. It’s so subtle, but we couldn’t stop laughing. It was just a fun day.
Taraji P. Henson: I guess for me was the “Poison” [song]. We go to the club and the song comes on and we’re dancing on tables and it just turns into a video and it is so much effing fun! We had a ball!