Magazine article Variety

Nnamdi Asomugha

Magazine article Variety

Nnamdi Asomugha

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'I Couldn't Believe That People Could Transform Into Fictional Characters'

When Nnamdi Asomugha was growing up in L.A., he wanted to play for the Lakers. "But that dream ended when I was 10 and realized I couldn't compete with the other guys at that level," Asomugha tells Variety. The self-professed "curious" guy switched sports and wound up playing pro football for 11 years, mostly as cornerback for the Oakland Raiders. He began moonlighting as an actor in 2008 and has become a producer since the end of his football career in 2013.

Did you ever consider making a cameo as yourself on a show, before diving into deeper acting roles?

When I was a kid, my aunt snuck us in to see "Boyz n the Hood." I was maybe 8 or 9, and when I leftthe theater, I kept asking her, "Are you sure that this was fake?" It was so real to me because that was L.A. to me, and I just couldn't believe that people could transform into fictional characters and pull offa believable performance like that. And so, when I started thinking about acting 20 years later, I had to be able to disappear into the life of another person; that was always the goal. …

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