Omar Gooding opened up about John Singleton reaching out to him and his mother, who was his manager, about wanting to make him a “movie star” with “Baby Boy.”

Omar then detailed auditioning for the role of “Sweetpea” and feeling good about it, but he added that he didn’t hear anything for a month. From there, Omar shared stories about how his past run-ins in the streets helped him prepare for the role, but it was John Singleton telling him to “step it up” during rehearsals that really made him push harder.