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
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.

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.

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  • thedjpeterblunt

    CJ…I’m thinking…..maybe you should be a Knicks fan considering how the Lakers just fell off the horse!!!!!!

    stay up bruh
    (I know your Dad is smiling down on you!!!!)


  • Los Angelez Angelz

    Good Stuff, it’s good to see he has some sense, purpose and direction. Leave rap alone C.J., there’s nothing in it for you bruh. You wanna make a difference? Stick to acting and find some roles with substance and you’ll be alright. 1

  • Rick

    yup, what Angelz said…..dude doesnt need to be in the rap world to coninue Bigs legacy. ……..and that last line about Fisher…..i can picture Big saying that and laughing it off….

  • Jorge

    good article…R.I.P. Biggie

  • http://www.xxlmag.com David L

    Great article, always wondered about his son’s relationship with Diddy.

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  • Deezy Baby

    Honestly….that just brought the moisture to my eyes. Very well spoken kid and you just cant help but to hear BIG’s voice in all his responses. Im sure he know’s to a certain degree but not to the fullest extent YET but……C.J……Your father was the greatest thing to ever happen to Brooklyn! We loved your father like The King of N.Y. that he truely was and we still do! We Always Will!!!…especially ALL OF US IN BROOKLYN!!!

  • sb

    i would of loved to see the interection between now cj and his dad had he still been here.. You could hear biggie “yo mah is nice with his…word” ” im tellin you”