Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White work it out onscreen!

Written by  Satchel B. Jester

Tyler Perry is back with For Better or Worse. In the new television series, Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White reprise their roles as the hot-headed, no-nonsense Angela and her “Please Baby, Let Me Explain” husband Marcus from the popular Why Did I Get Married movies. Upscale sat down with the onscreen duo to get their takes on love, life, laughter, the lessons in between—and the mistakes that they’ve learned to never make again.

Why do you think people relate to your characters?
TS: So many women see themselves in Angela, flaws and all, and they appreciate it because it warrants self-evaluation.
MJW: The feedback has been good. Guys look forward to seeing how Marcus will handle situations that are seemingly tragic. They look forward to learning from him.

What do you think is the biggest mistake people make in relationships?
TS: People are too quick to quit. We should always help each other grow through situations. Learn. Grow. Remember, iron sharpens iron!
MJW: Using the comparative method and not making room for the “individual.”

What lessons in love and life have you learned from your character?

TS: Not to sweat the small stuff and to work it out.
MJW: To try, daily, to be a man of virtue—a stand-up guy.

How do you define “relationship”?
TS: In two words, I would say “human necessity.”
MJW: Being with your best friend in the world.

Speaking of relationships—on screen, the two of you are awesome. Are you close off-screen?
TS: I absolutely adore Michael Jai White. He’s a great teammate to have. He’s the perfect player to go into a championship battle with. He’s committed to his position.
MJW: Tasha has been one of my best friends forever. Our respect and admiration for each other continues to grow, which makes it much easier to perform with and against each other.

What's the biggest lesson in love that you've learned?
TS: That love is kind and love is patient. Love is longsuffering and it covers a multitude of problems. It’s quick to forgive and forget.
MJW: To love people for their flaws, as well as their strengths.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about love and marriage?
TS: That it’s easy. It takes work because you will grow as a human being when you are in a relationship.
MJW: I think people use the comparative method far too much and don’t make room for the individual.

What do you hope viewers will take away from For Better or Worse?

TS: I pray that people will be able to relate and be inspired.
MJW: It’s my hope that they’re entertained. I also hope we offer suggestions or insight into their individual situations.


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