The character of Franklin seems like the character you would identify with the most as you writing, executive producing, and running this show. Is there anything of you in there at all?
Singleton: What do you think?
A little bit, yeah. I would assume.
Singleton: Of course. It's a very personal project for me.
Are there any specific personality traits or moments in the character or in the plot of the first season that you can say was close to something you experienced?
Singleton: The biggest thing is the whole thing of Franklin's arc. I only had the opportunity to go to school in the [San Fernando] Valley one year. Anyone from the hood understands you don't want to be in that environment. You wanna get on the bus and go to Torrence or to the Valley. That's why I always laugh when the rappers say "Yeah, I'm from here," but they worked so hard so they could get out to somewhere else. Going to school somewhere else is the closest thing you can do, but that's not your experience or your life. You're there for part of the day, half the day. At the same time, you kind of have an alienation, because that's not really your environment. That whole duality of being in one environment to the next and having that alienation is something I really put into the character.