10 Questions for Malik Yoba Featured

Written by  Biba Adams

Malik Yoba has been a star of stage and screen for almost 20 years. Best known for his portrayal of J.C. Williams on the 90s hit drama, New York Undercover, Yoba has appeared in 10 other television pilots since. His newest series, SyFy’s Alphas is a science fiction thrill ride that will re-acquaint his fans with his smoldering sex appeal. We caught up with Malik to talk about superpowers, success and Hollywood.

1. You were THE sex symbol in the 90s during New York Undercover, how does it feel to look back on that?
You don’t get into the business for that, of course. But, you know, it feels great to be 45 and still be seen that way, versus 24. I take love where I can get it.

2. You’ve been in this business for almost 20 years, what do you think is your single biggest accomplishment thus far?
It hasn’t happened yet. I remember auditioning for Cool Runnings in 1993 and 25-plus films and 11 series later, I think a big accomplishment is the fact that I’ve been able to have a career that has been respectable. I would also say having a great perspective, always looking forward, and never allowing doubt to creep in.

3. What motivates you?
The fact that I still have so much more to do. The motivation comes from knowing that you’re not finished. I haven’t peaked. I’m not even close.

4. Since you are on a series where the characters are human but a little special, I have to ask, if you could have any superpower, what power would you choose?
I’d have the ability for people to stop asking that question [laughing]. My new answer is that I’d levitate.

5. If you could be any person, dead or alive, for a day, who would you be, and why?
Bob Marley. I’d be Bob because of the way his music made me feel. To think that he was so prolific and then died at the age of 36, and yet, his legacy is enduring.

6. What’s your favorite travel destination?
I have a few favorite places. I just came from Barbados for Crop Over, so that’s a good time. There’s too many to name. I love Cape Town. I love hanging in the Hamptons and I love Brooklyn—I live in Fort Greene. Any place that makes me feel good and inspired.

7. If you could involve your personal style in three words, what would they be?
Is “evolving” three words? Three syllables [laughing].

8. What’s in your wallet?
Sim cards from different countries so when I go there, I have local numbers.

9. What’s the romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone you care for?
Showed up [laughing]. What I mean is, I’ve laid flowers down and candles. But, more than that, I think it’s about being thoughtful and present.

10. What’s your definition of success?
I used to say, “Success is a succession of successful moments,” but I think success is about holding on when others let go.

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