Nicholas Gonzalez is ready to make Lisa Vidal the queen of his world on Being Mary Jane. The actor is playing Orlando Lagos, an athlete who is younger than Kara, Vidal’s character, but wants to make it work with her. We spoke to him all about what’s going to go down between these two. Gonzalez also dropped some hints about what’s happening in the final season of Pretty Little Liars.
Talk to us about your character on Being Mary Jane.
Orlando Lagos is a celebrity. He’s a guy that is used to always being out on the town and getting different girls. He’s a very sweet-natured guy who genuinely is a good person.
How are you similar?
I’m not going to say that I don’t understand a little bit of the lifestyle that Orlando chooses to live. It’s a long time ago for me.
Are you channeling your past player self in this character?
I don’t know if I was a player but I definitely played the game. That probably does make me a player. [Laughs]. I like to think I’m a bit more skilled but it seems that Orlando is having a good time learning.
How are you different?
I have a few years on Orlando. I think I’ve learned quite a bit about the battle of the sexes or at least how to keep the status quo a little bit more.
What’s the chemistry like between you and Lisa [Vidal]?
With Lisa there is nothing to work at. We have a blast. We have fun. It’s someone that I’ve known for a long time and at the same time there is this great attraction that builds really great scenes between two people. I think that shows on screen in a very lovely way.
Were you a fan of the show before?
I watched it once I got the role and was very quickly hooked on it. I think what the show does well is that it really portrays women very honestly. It shows women as these strong, independent figures who are going to make mistakes too just like men. There is not any distinction put on them and they put gender roles on their head. It shouldn’t be that Being Mary Jane sticks out because of that but to me it does. It has a very strong, sensual character who’s flawed but at the same time learning. I feel like there is a lesson in every episode.
What can we expect to see from your story line?
There is a lot more of Lisa in it. [Laughs]
What advice do you have for young men that want to date older women?
I think they need to warm it. Soft, sensual connected foreplay is a must! [Laughs]. Men love strong and independent women. Always have and always will!
What would you say for you is the most important thing in a relationship?
Trust! I just feel that everything bases off of that. You can have levels of trust and you can question trust but it shouldn’t be something that’s absent. I think for any sort of relationship there has to be levels of that. Plus, who wants to go through life not trusting the person you let into your most intimate inner areas of your heart. It doesn’t make any sense.
Make sure to watch Being Mary Jane at 10 p.m. on BET.