Marlon Wayans Gets Squeaky Clean
Marlon Wayans is cleaning up his comedy act.
The 43-year-old actor and father of two, who's known for his roles in R-rated films "Scary Movie" and "Fifty Shades of Black," is not only debuting his family-friendly sitcom "Marlon" in the fall, he also performed a PG-rated comedy show sponsored by Scrubbing Bubbles in New York earlier this week.
"My routines are often written for an adult sense of humor," Wayans tells mom.me over email, "which is why I've decided to switch things up and partner with Scrubbing Bubbles."
Not only that, but coming from a large family—his brothers include actor/producers Damon Wayans and Keenen Ivory Wayans—and having a teen daughter and son of his own gave Wayans some added inspiration.
In time for Father's Day, we talked to Wayans about his new sitcom, the last TV show he binge-watched and what he thinks about the "side deals" moms make with their kids.
What quality makes for a good dad?
First of all, to be there, but also love and acceptance. You have to love and look at your life and not make your kids what you are. You have to change the things that didn't work for you and perfect the art of raising your kids through your own experience; and try to perfect throughout the generations.
What is your favorite quality in a mom?
Someone who has a kind spirit, is loving, has a great work ethic and someone who is a good communicator.
What did you think you'd be when you grew up?
I knew I was going to be an actor/writer/comedian/producer. I'm everything I thought I was going to be. Never planned for anything else. I knew what I was going to do and worked my butt off to make it happen.
What trait do you hope your children inherit from you?
I hope my kids get my heart and spirit, my kind heart and my zest for life. I want them to live life and be happy.
What do you appreciate most in your friends?
If you could switch lives with anyone, who would you switch with?
Nobody! Someone would want to switch with me. I have the most awesome life ever. I like my life. If I die and I get a chance to be resurrected, I don't want to come back as a bird. I want to come back as Marlon Wayans.
What's the one quality you wish you had as a parent?
I wish I could be home more. I travel often for my job. The hardest part for me is that I love to be present, and even though I'm not always there I've been in my kids' lives every day since they've been babies. I wish selfishly for me that I could have a 9-to-5 schedule so I could be there more, but I love what I do and my children accept this is my calling.
What is your favorite children's book?
"The Cat in the Hat." I love Dr. Seuss, I think he was the best freestyle rapper ever.
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What song do you never want to hear again?
"Whoomp! (There It Is)"
What is the last thing you binge-watched?
"The Walking Dead"
What do you hate most about parenting?
I don't hate anything with kids. I hate the secrets the mothers make with the kids, when they have side deals going on.
What talent do you wish you had?
I wish I was better at music.
What word or phrase do you never want to hear again?
What is your idea of real happiness?
I'm living it. It's your perspective with how you take in pain and turn it into something positive. We come across the negative every day, but in that moment there's this little synapse where you can make a choice to feel pain and stay in that zone or to step outside of yourself and say, "Why did this happen?" and figure out the lesson. The blessing's in the lesson. From there, use the energy to transfer the hate into love.