“Survivor’s Remorse” is one of fall TV’s best new comedies. Starz’s latest piece of original programming stars Jessie Usher as Cam Calloway, a young man who, after a break-out year in the NBA, signs a massive professional basketball contract with Atlanta. The show follows Cam and his family as they navigate being suddenly thrust into the spotlight and a life of fame and fortune. Usher’s charm, affability and touch of impishness are what make him one of Zap2it’s Ones to Watch for fall 2014. Get to know him better in the Q&A below.
What’s the current home-screen picture on your phone?
The face of a tiger in a bamboo jungle.
What are your can’t-miss TV shows?
Used to be “Breaking Bad.” Now it’s “Power” and “The Walking Dead.”
What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
“All My Life” by KC & JoJo
What’s the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
I’m not embarrassed by any of my music. I’ll even own up to the old Backstreet Boys albums.
Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?
What’s the last item you purchased?
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
I broke my ring finger in a trampoline accident.
Do you have any nicknames?
Millions … Main man, boogie, boodah … just to name a few.
Your first kiss — who and when?
Second grade. By a third grader who shall remain unnamed, lol.
What’s your spirit animal?
I don’t know, but I hope it’s a panda.
What was the last lie you told?
Someone asked me if I was back in LA yet, and I said no. haha
Air guitar or hairbrush singer?
Air guitar … or drums even.
Who is your last text message from?
My bro Daniel.
Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, What’s the third sentence?
“Here’s a suggestion, don’t punt to us!”
If you had to choose another career, what would it be?
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
Is there a celebrity that you have met and been starstruck by?
I was a tiny bit starstruck when I saw Drake.
What goes in your carry-on bag on the plane?
Laptop, hair brush, Beats headphones, iPod, sunglasses, and a protein bar.
What’s your favorite beverage?
Pineapple juice or root beer.
What food can you not resist?
Chicken tikka masala.
What do your friends make fun of you for?
My skinny legs.
What clique did you belong to in high school?
There was all of about 30 kids where I went to school; we were all one clique.
“Survivor’s Remorse” airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.