Actor Cory Hardrict Credits His Mother for Teaching Him to ‘Trust God and Have a Lot of Faith’


Back in 1990, an R&B group by the name of the Rude Boys released the modest hit titled “Written All Over Your Face.” And while the song itself quickly faded from public consciousness, the title has begun to take on a new meaning when applied to the relentless journey of actor Cory Hardrict.

While some actors are merely happy to be in the game, Hardrict visibly wears the focus and determination of a man who is on a mission to ascend to the highest of heights that Hollywood has to offer. Upon closer examination, that burden to be the best can be traced back to a young, 16-year-old Chicago native. Now, 22 years later, the fire to do more and be more continues to burn just as bright. We came to learn this, and a whole lot more during our exclusive interview with Hardrict.

Yes, it is indeed written all over his face.

We’ve watched your career continue to grow by leaps and bounds. How does it feel to know that you are beginning to get recognized for all of the hard work that you’ve been putting in?

It’s a great feeling to know that I’ve been acting for 22 years, and people are starting to say, “You know what, he’s more than Tia’s [Mowry] husband.” You know, I’ve always been focused on the work, and been OK with letting the rest of the stuff take care of itself. I made a promise to my mom when she passed, so I’ve just been focused on fulfilling what I told her back in high school, and that was for me to win an Oscar one day. I have to keep going until I get to that promise I made her. I still have a long way to go, but I already see the end road.

You mentioned this promise that you made to your mom. What were some of the things that you remember her instilling in you?

My mom made a big difference in my life because she gave me great morals. She taught me that you are going to have to get out here and work. No one is going to give you anything, and you just have to trust God and have a lot of faith. I definitely learned the value of hard work just by watching her. She worked at thrift shops, minimum wage jobs, but she always brought the food home and got me whatever I needed. I didn’t know that we were doing bad because she made it work. That meant a lot to me.

Well, let me just say that even if you don’t win the Oscar, I’m sure she’s incredibly proud of you … even though our hope is that you do win one day.

To me, it’s not just about the Oscar. It’s about just showing that where I come from, anything is possible. I’m the same as any of these kids that are in Chicago, Atlanta or any of these other cities. I want them to know that I’m just like them and that they can do it. That’s what this new film that I’m in, Destined, is all about. It’s about how your choices in life can alter your path in life, so it’s important to make the right choices.

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SOURCE: Rolling Out
DeWayne Rogers