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From Black Voices / By Bridget Bland — Since making a splash ten years ago in the hit Showtime series ‘Soul Food,’ Boris Kodjoe has made a conscious effort to shake his sex symbol status and be taken seriously as an actor.

Though the 37 year-old German-born hunk still has his fair share of magazine covers, including this month’s issues of Essence and Men’s Fitness, respectively, with his new star role on NBC’s new ‘Undercovers’ he’s hoping that people are finally recognizing his talent as an actor.

“It’s flattering, but its nothing I can take credit for,” he explained to BlackVoices.com during a break in shooting this week.

“Over the past few years, it’s been more of a hindrance in that I had to really work ten times as hard to establish myself and prove to people that I’m more than that,” he continued. “Sometimes, I think the sex symbol thing is overshadowing the fact that I’ve worked my butt off. I can’t worry about how people perceive me.”

Kodjoe said being on Broadway in the Debbie Allen-directed ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ boosted his credibility, adding that it was “an important stepping stone in that direction.”

His new role as Steven Bloom, a former spy who comes out of retirement to solve a case, has been the perfect challenge for the former fashion model.

In addition to performing all of his own stunts, he gets to try out action, comedy, drama and a bit of romance — something he said “keeps it exciting every day.”

(Continue Reading @ Black Voices…)

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  • EmpressDivine

    I’m over it too cuz I never thought he was fine!
    *ducks out before the eggs are thrown*

    • Mrs. Bodie Broadus

      *throws a dozen eggs @ EmpressDivine*

  • SunnyDay

    Hmmm OK dude. No one likes to be treated like a piece of meat. But that show is boring just saying…I tried but its really wack and his chest is the best thing going for that joint….aww well LOL…