Chicago P.D.’s LaRoyce Hawkins’ Son ‘Definitely’ Has the Acting Bug

LaRoyce Hawkins
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LaRoyce Hawkins’ son, Roman John, is already following in his father’s performing footsteps — and profitable over the elementary college theater crowd.

“He positively has the performing bug,” Hawkins, 35, completely informed Us Weekly of his 6-year-old son whereas selling his partnership with SimpliSafe for its 24/7 Dwell Guard Safety and Sensible Alarm Indoor Digital camera launch. “That little boy is an entertainer.”

The Chicago P.D. star — who portrays Kevin Atwater on the NBC drama — defined that Roman stole the present throughout his first college.

Chicago P.D.’s LaRoyce Hawkins Says His Son Roman ‘Definitely’ Has the Acting Bug: ‘He Does His Own Stunts’

LaRoyce Hawkins and son, Roman
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“They principally simply strung collectively a bunch of Disney songs, however he was the most effective half. And he does his personal stunts,” Hawkins recalled to Us. “He took, like, considered one of his little homegirls and spun her round and it was loopy. Different youngsters have been spinning on the stage too, however you [could] solely see Roman John spinning. He did, like, massive spins. He was so sturdy.”

Hawkins, who welcomed Roman in April 2017, famous that his son’s ardour for performing consists of watching him on Chicago P.D. at sleepovers.

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“The opposite day he was spending the evening [at] considered one of his homies’ cribs, and I simply known as him to say goodnight. And his little homie’s dad was, like, ‘Yeah, they’re watching you on TV proper now. It’s gonna be laborious for me to get him within the dialog,’” the actor mentioned. “[When] he acquired on the telephone, he was like, ‘Dad, are you arising on this subsequent half?’ And I used to be like, ‘I don’t know even know what episode he was watching.’ However I used to be like, ‘I’m fairly certain I’m in there someplace, bro!’”

Roman’s love for Chicago P.D. is likely one of the many causes Hawkins continues to behave — and why he enjoys enjoying such dynamic characters.

“I feel early on I grew to become intentional about eager to painting roles that can assist us protect Black boy pleasure and shield Black ladies, you already know, uplift the picture of the Black man. I feel you are able to do that enjoying any function, it’s simply the intention that you just placed on it,” he informed Us. “Plus, like I mentioned, my son and his associates, they watch me at their sleepovers. So, I clearly wish to do issues that they’ll be happy with [and] that may encourage them, as a result of that’s simply the pocket that I’m in. And I like that. I like that accountability and that consciousness.”

Chicago P.D.’s LaRoyce Hawkins Says His Son Roman ‘Definitely’ Has the Acting Bug: ‘He Does His Own Stunts’

LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater
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Hawkins’ family-centric perspective has prolonged to his castmates after enjoying Atwater for 9 years. Because the present heads into season 11 this fall, Hawkins informed Us that his Chicago P.D. costars are “very very like a household” and that he tries to spend as a lot time with them exterior of labor as attainable.

“Lately, Jason Beghe hit me up and we frolicked. [We] went to considered one of his son’s soccer video games and simply talked and caught up. It was in all probability one of many highlights of my summer time thus far,” he recalled. “Simply kicking it with Sarge and simply listening to his ideas on the place the present’s going, simply citing reminiscences and moments and stuff like that.”

Hawkins teased that he and Beghe, who performs Sergeant Hank Voight on the police drama, “can’t wait to get again to work” forward of filming subsequent season.

With reporting by Johnni Macke