Episode 2: "Streets on Lock"
The accidental "coming out" scene in the jail was one of the most amazing TV moments of the year.
Henry: I love that Donald thinks of things like that because it's like, well, how do we show the dichotomy of masculinity? And yet at the same time we're all locked in this jail cell, and you all have the audacity to judge this person for doing that or this person for doing that, but we're all in here, you know what I mean? My favorite thing is that all he says is, "Sexuality is a spectrum, man. No one's judging you in here." I think it's brilliant, and I love that it started conversations and that people could laugh at it, because that is the absurdity of it.
But Paper Boi's going through this crazy, existential, What does fame mean? Do I want this? These kids are emulating me shooting people in the street. Is that something that I really wanted? It's what this fame is doing to him. He basically goes through this whole day trying to figure out what his actions have done to reflect on society, because he's caught kids shooting each other. Like, that dude is giving me special treatment with lemon-pepper wet wings, but he's threatening me to never let him down because you never know what I'll do. I think Paper Boi's trying to grapple with what his life is now, with this newfound fame.
How is your life changing with the success of the show?
Henry: This is why I love New York so much, because New York is not really worried about your ass, if you're a celebrity or not. We all gotta live here. I live in Harlem, and I still ride the subway, I still take the bus, I still do what I've got to do. I go to my bodega, you know, and I just love hearing people screaming, "Paper Boi, ay!" They're thanking me for the show. There was a situation where I was walking down the street with my manager, and we were walking down 33rd after dinner, and these two dudes were standing on the street. We walk past them and they say, "Hey, man, Atlanta, man. I fucks with that show, man, I fucks with Atlanta." I was like, "Dude, that's the best compliment I've ever gotten," whereas my manager was like, "I fucks with. Is that good?" I'm like, "It's the best compliment you've ever gotten in your life."