has been fine my whole life. Some of my earliest pop culture memories include crushing on Diggs in How Stella Got Her Groove Back
. And Rent
. And The Best Man
. And Brown Sugar.
I could go on. Early on, Diggs carved out an indelible space on stage and screen as a charismatic romantic leading man, creating a generation of people who (like me) would follow him anywhere. From playing an immature lover boy (Winston in Stella
), to an ambitious friend-turned-lover (Dre In Brown Sugar
), to a confused novelist who uses love as inspiration (Harper in The Best Man
franchise), Diggs is no stranger to bringing love stories to life through characters that have one thing in common: an innate magnetism you can’t help but root for (yes, even Harper). That irresistible personality is why Diggs has had a longevity in Hollywood that most actors only dream of. Whether he’s playing a supportive father figure on All American
(RIP Coach Baker), or leaving us laughing out loud at his ridiculous TikToks
, Diggs has managed to stay booked, busy, and relevant for over three decades in this business. Part of my theory as to why (aside from his talent — and did I mention that he’s fine
?) is the power of love stories. There’s a special place reserved in all of our hearts for those formative crushes that set the standard for all future objects of our affection and relationships moving forward. And just like his characters, Diggs is an unabashed lover of love.