by Tyler Lepley Hollywood’s trajectory is not slowing down. In the midst of his breakout role in Valley of Pthe actor also starred in the critically acclaimed Prime Video Harlem. In addition to acting, Tyler is also an artist.
Harlem recently wrapped up its second season with a major spoiler that could be related to Ian. And then Valley of Pwhere viewers last saw Diamond with his life in grave danger. hollywood life spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Tyler about Ian’s future with Camille, Diamond’s relationship with Keyshawn, and what’s to come. Read our full Q&A below.
Ian and Camille went through a lot, and then that final happened. Do you think they’re really over? Do you think that is the last nail in the coffin for them?
Tyler Lepley: I don’t know if they really end. I feel like they can’t have enough of each other. But what I’m going to say about their current position, I feel like Ian understands that you either pursue the life you want or you settle in with the life you get. He never shies away from being able to articulate exactly how he feels and pursues exactly what he wants, even if it’s something he can’t see, he just feels. , You know what I mean? He did that with the restaurant and left Paris to come back and make his way. He feels the same way about the life he sees fit into his family life. In that last episode, that last scene, he talked a lot about experiencing some of the things we might consider basic just having to do with having kids, putting them to bed, and reading stories before go to sleep for them. These are the things that he’s not willing to give up just because his partner sees differently. So right now, he’s definitely pursuing the life he sees fit for himself, even though it’s leading him away from the only true love he’s always had.
We have to talk about that spoiler. One of the girls is pregnant. Obviously there was a problem with Camille and the pregnancy, but the miracle happened.
Tyler Lepley: Of course. I’ve seen it happen in my life before. I have friends who feel like they’ve crossed the line of being able to have children and they’re finally having kids. That’s not always the case.
How do you think Ian would react if Camille got pregnant, during their last conversation?
Tyler Lepley: Having an idea of who Ian is, I just feel like its responsibility is paramount. There is no way around handling its responsibilities. But then, I feel like we’ve never seen him as spiritual. I really feel that, if that happened, he would understand that it all happens for a reason, even though we watched the last conversation they had. All in all, I feel like it’s something that he might have some mixed feelings about. He may have to work through some things because it was a tough conversation and a breakup, but something like a baby will get over some of the feelings you get up front and the center of your ego.
I feel like we have to have season 3 after that hit movie. Did you hear anything? Discussions going on?
Tyler Lepley: There has been some discussion about it. But at the end of the day, this is show business. You never really know until you show up on the set for season 3. But we had high expectations for that and we’ve received great feedback about it. Knowing the girls and knowing some of the creators and even just the guys in the production, that’s what we really put a part of our souls into. We let the chips fall where they want, but even if it doesn’t, it’s definitely something we all hold special in our hearts.
Speaking of a show that has had season 3 so far: Valley of P. That program also ended in a funny situation. Do you know what happened to Diamond? Are you also in the dark?
Tyler Lepley: Katori is also pretty tight-lipped about what she wrote in season 3. I don’t know what will happen to him. I hope he gets out of the trunk. To talk about that idea of my characters, if you want to, always end up at the points where the filmmakers focus on them, it’s great to be able to collaborate with such creators who appreciate appreciate all my skills. To be able to do something around a character that people care about is a blessing indeed. There is a lot of fun to play with.
Especially on Valley of P, the reason I’m attracted to your performance is that you can talk a lot without saying much. A lot of it is evoked in your eyes and mannerisms. I think that’s why so many of us are attracted to Diamond.
Tyler Lepley: I appreciate that. I talk about it a lot. I like playing with the arrangement of the characters because I just feel like that’s how we are human. We have light and darkness. Diamond is one of those cats where even if there’s not so much going on, there’s still a lot going on. I’m glad it happened that way and we get to see ourselves in some of these performances.
When he is thrown in the trunk of a car after being hit, we see some brief flashbacks of his time in the war. Do you think the show will be part of the past of Diamond in season 3?
Tyler Lepley: Yeah sure. I think we started on season 2 to find out who he is outside of The Pynk. When you see him in his cabin, you see how he lives. You also see some of the practices that he participates in. We’ve been hinting since we first saw Diamond what it looked like during the war. He never really talked about it, but everyone talked about him going to war and going through serious things. So I feel like their giving those sparks when he’s thrown in the trunk is the writer’s way of letting you know what we’re about to do, where we can go.
Just before he was blindfolded and kidnapped, Keyshawn called him and asked him to make up with her and Derrick. Do you think Diamond intended to kill Derrick?
Tyler Lepley: One hundred percent. Even if you are looking at what he collects in the trunk, he has duct tape and gloves. I remember even playing around with some of the props in that scene. Even if you don’t catch it with the camera, it’s definitely his complete intention to handle him the way Diamond knows how to handle a problem like that. As for Diamond’s credibility, I feel like if that happens, when it does, even just having the idea of going there with every intention of killing Derrick, I feel like Diamond has earned it. We alluded to this from the start, Keyshawn is continuing to be abused. I feel like reaching it finally at the end of season 2 is something I feel like we’ve all earned. I had to give my props to Katori Hall for writing it like a slow recorder and allowing us to go there.
Keyshawn and Diamond are the definition of slow recording. Do you think Keyshawn and Diamond end up being a good match for each other?
Tyler Lepley: I spoke to Katori once recently, and in the meantime, Keyshawn left The Pynk and Diamond was away. Here we have these two characters who have been bound to the soul at a point that is nowhere near to each other and nowhere near to be found. We just talked about it. She told me that she believed Keyshawn was Diamond’s confidant. If we go back there… I don’t know either. I don’t know if it’s possible to become each other’s soulmate when there are so many thorns, I don’t know if I can still overcome it. One thing I will say is that I will agree with Katori. I think Keyshawn is Diamond’s confidant. There are only so many obstacles that we have to try to overcome. Sometimes like life, sometimes you don’t end up with your soul mate. Obstacles may be too great to overcome depending on what has been done. But I mean, we’ll see.
In addition to acting, you are also a singer. You recently released the song “Just Because”. What are your future music plans?
Tyler Lepley: I think music for me is more about encompassing and expressing everything that I am an artist, as opposed to stopping one, shifting gears and doing 180 degrees. That’s not much, but the way I see it, there’s no reason why I can’t lead a movie franchise, be able to turn it into a series, executive produce the entire soundtrack, then then filmed it and toured with that as my own content. That’s just the way I see it happening to me. It’s important that while I’m evaporating in an area I’m passionate about, continue to water all the plants I’ve seeded in the ground. Right now we are promoting “Just Because”. I have an album that I’m releasing in the next few months, but it’s important to me to make sure I catch up properly and start with a few lead singles.