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CJ Wallace: B.I.G. Shoes to Fill 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
those characteristics?

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. 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. 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. 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.

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