CJ Wallace: B.I.G. Shoes to Fill
XXLMag.com: Which was easier to play: your dad in Notorious or Kenny in EMG?
Wallace: It was easier to play my dad because I had more help knowing how to do it. My mom would coach me, telling me how my dad would bite his nails all
the time so I would try to do that a lot. [But also] mainly because Kenny was the complete opposite of me. He’s a real loner and didn’t have any friends.
XXLMag.com: Is your mom [Faith Evans] supportive of your acting career?
Wallace: At first she was a little hesitant because school is always first. She told me, “You gotta be on top of that if you want to do this.” She’s definitely supportive of anything I do no matter what it is.
XXLMag.com: Have you thought about what you want to study in college?
Wallace: I want to go to college and study film because I really like directing and taking pictures. I really like being behind the camera as well as on camera.
XXLMag.com: What sparked your interest in acting?
Wallace: It was a little different. At first I didn’t want to be an actor. My grandma is the one who told me that I should be my dad in Notorious. “You should do it; it would probably be easy for you,” she said. I did it and I took a bigger interest in acting. I took advantage of the opportunity and I found out I was really good at it.
XXLMag.com: How is it to see yourself on the big screen?
Wallace: It’s really surreal especially when you’re around friends and family. It’s a great feeling to feel that you accomplished something so big like that. It sounds real cheesy but it feels like a dream.
XXLMag.com: How do you feel about your dad’s legacy?
Wallace: I feel like I’m doing pretty good [in] continuing the legacy [and] just keeping his name alive and carrying it on.
XXLMag.com: What’s your favorite song by your dad?
Wallace: “Machine Gun Funk” is probably one of my favorites. I remember the first time I heard it I was in the car driving in L.A. and it gave me the best feeling ever.
XXLMag.com: How involved is Diddy in your life?
Wallace: I’m around him all the time. I go over his house and hang out with Christian, Justin and Quincy.
XXLMag.com: What are you currently listening to now?
Wallace: I’m starting to listen to Tyler, the Creator a lot. [Odd Future is] really cool. I like what they’re about. They’re real different and hard to understand [Laughs]. They’re cool.
XXLMag.com: Down the line, do you see yourself getting into the music industry at all?
Wallace: I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. I’m only 14 so I got a while to choose. If I can choose it would probably be acting. It’s just more fun.
XXLMag.com: Your father was known as someone who had a great sense of style, a great sense of humor and was a ladies man. Did you get any of
Wallace: Man, you just named all the three [Laughs]. My mom always tells me that I act just like him especially humorously. Sense of style, yeah I have style.
XXLMag.com: Why did you choose EMG as your second film?
Wallace: After Notorious I got a lot of different scripts. [I chose] this one just because it was a great opportunity to work with Will Ferrell. And it was also the best offer.
XXLMag.com: Are you a gamer? What’s your favorite game?
Wallace: Yeah, definitely. I’m on PS3. It’s a tie between Black Ops and NBA2K11 right now.
XXLMag.com: Are you a Knicks fan?
Wallace: Oh nah, Lakers, man. Kobe all day. I’m not as good as Kobe but I think I can take Fisher. Just kidding.