OMEPRO: A lot has happened to Omar between season one and the premiere of season two. From an actor’s perspective can you give us a run down?
BRY’NT: Omar continues to face new challenges that are manifestations of older unresolved situations. As a result, he has continued to strain his relationships with more and more people as well as displayed inability to cope with his losses. A slow emerging breaking point has begun.
OMEPRO: What are your thoughts on Omar; if you had to describe him.
BRY’NT: At first glance, Omar is hotheaded and unsettled, but as I get to know more of his back story I’ve come to the realization that there are significant reasons why his actions play out the way that they do. It somewhat makes me, as a viewer, feel empathetic, whereas in the beginning he was simply a villainous character. Now, I begin to relate a little more.
OMEPRO: Would you say he’s a tragic character or a victim of his own circumstances?
BRY’NT: I have always stood by the notion that Omar is a victim of his circumstances. He’s not just a loose cannon without reason. There are so many things revealed in the series that seem to be the catalyst for everything that has gone wrong with him. He’s simply in the middle of it all.
OMEPRO: From a story point of view, do you think it was a necessary progression for Omar to lose Kyle in such a tragic way?
BRY’NT: Omar losing Kyle in a tragic way definitely enhanced the story-line, because it is possible that we will see how far Omar is willing to go (which we haven’t yet) to rectify wrongdoings. This is part of the reason why you would want to watch him — to see how explosive he can be.
OMEPRO: First Omar was with Tasha (his baby’s mother), while sleeping with Jay. Then he hooks up with Kyle. After losing Kyle he hooks up with Nicole (played by Camille Rodger), is Omar bisexual, gay or simply a user?
BRY’NT: There is no clear answer as to what Omar’s true sexual preference is. One’s first thought about Omar might be that he is on the “down low” — the idea that he pretends to be interested in women to create a facade that he is heterosexual while secretly being sexually involved with men. Omar’s character teaches the audience, in a sense, that it’s not always that black and white. He clearly finds solace in being with people that are willing to help him, so I guess that would make him a user. However, gender clearly doesn’t become a factor when it comes to who he will accept help from. Everyone we’ve seen him with, he’s had a genuine romantic involvement with at some point. He could truly just be bisexual.
OMEPRO: When you get the scripts, are you excited about what is going to happen to Omar next?
BRY’NT: I’m always excited to see what direction Omar is going to go into, because it’s always unpredictable. I know that if I execute well enough, the audience will share that same anticipation. Omar’s life is dramatic.
OMEPRO: It’s been said RayMartell Moore (Faybien) carried the torch for running and doing all things physical in the series, but it seems like you are second runner up. Do you enjoy the physical aspects of the role?
BRY’NT: Ray can keep that torch! But in all seriousness, the physical aspects are easier to do than reciting lines. Non-verbal communication and movements and actions are more believable ways to display emotion than dialogue in my opinion. Usually when I do have to do anything physical it takes the pressure away from acting while reciting lines. To me, it’s easier to make the physical aspects appear genuine on camera.
OMEPRO: Can you tell us a funny moment you had on set?
BRY’NT: During the brief fight scene with Chino Ramos (Ramon), I was supposed to punch him in the face and run. I didn’t want to physically hurt the actor so I kept fake-punching him, but it didn’t look authentic on camera. Then he finally said “Punch me for real so we can get it over with!” So I did. And when he got up he rubbed his jaw and said “This bitch really hit me!” Hilarious.
OMEPRO: If/when you get recognized in public for playing Omar, what is the typical reaction you get?
BRY’NT: I’ve been scolded by fans of the show for always hurting people or being the “bad guy.”
OMEPRO: It’s been said the the show has many fans across the globe. What kind impact do you think “Finding Me” has had and why?
BRY’NT: I think “Finding Me” is an LGBTQ cult classic simply because it’s a story comprised of a group of characters, mostly of color, with romantic lives that cross over many facets of sexuality. This kind of series was unheard of prior to a decade ago. It’s a novelty film and series. It’s also drama-filled which makes for good television.