Film/TV

Tequan Richmond

by PAPER/ photographed by Christopher Dibble
Our annual April Beautiful People Issue, celebrating a cavalcade of cuties to watch in different disciplines, has been such a sensation we've decided to showcase noteworthy movers and shakers all-year round on Papermag.com. We kicked things off in the city of Angels, and will be posting an L.A.-based Beautiful Person a-day for the next few weeks.


You might recognize Tequan Richmond for his role as the suave grade-school lothario Drew Rock on Chris Rock's Everybody Hates Chris, but Richmond, who also stars on General Hospital, is all grown up now and getting great reviews for his performance opposite Isaiah Washington in D.C. beltway sniper film and Sundance favorite, Blue Caprice.

Describe what you do in 3 words.


Make things happen.

What are you working on now?

Currently I'm working on General Hospital as a series regular. I play TJ. It's an interesting switch from Everybody Hates Chris.  My latest film, Blue Caprice, was worthy enough to premiere at Sundance in January and just came out in theaters. 

Describe living in L.A. in 3 words.

Really bad traffic.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

In the NBA.

Do you remember what your first day living in L.A. was like?

I'm from North Carolina originally. My first day in LA I might have gone to Venice Beach. It was definitely hot and the sun was out like no tomorrow.

What's the biggest misconception about L.A.?

That everyone who comes to L.A thinks its so easy to do this thing we call "entertainment." 

Where's your favorite place to eat in L.A.?

Jumpin' Java on Ventura.

What's your favorite street intersection in L.A.?

Fairfax and Melrose. Really cool crowd that I vibe with over that way. Stores on Fairfax Avenue like DOPE Couture and Supreme get all my money.

Who's the most beautiful person you can think of and why?

My mother. She sacrificed everything for me. Simply the most beautiful thing anybody could do as a human.

If you could be any star from Old Hollywood, who would you be and why? 

I would wanna be the black James Dean. Cig, scotch, leather jacket, killing the film world.


Sweater:  Vivienne Westwood
Pants:  John Varvatos
Watch:  Vintage Omega watch courtesy of Gray Gallery LA
Stylist: Natasha Newman-Thomas
Hair: Sylvia Wheeler
Makeup: Ren Bray

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