If you’re like us, you’re completely addicted to Power, the 50 Cent-produced Starz drama about a nightclub owner, James “Ghost” St. Patrick (played by Omari Hardwick), who is secretly a drug kingpin. And if you’re like us, while watching the cast of talented character actors, you’ve also wondered, “Where the hell do I know them from?” Well, wonder no more. We’re filling in the blanks for your foggy minds, so the next time you’re laughing at the ways Ghost’s crew breaks the 10 Crack Commandments or enjoying one of Ghost’s epic sex scenes you can marvel at just how far Hardwick has come.
Omari Hardwick (James “Ghost” St. Patrick)Starz
Omari, 41, almost had a professional football career with the San Diego Chargers until a knee injury set him back, and made his big-screen debut playing Byron in Queen Latifah’s 2005 comedy Beauty Shop. His film appearances only blew up from there with roles in movies like Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna (2008), The A-Team (2010), and Kick Ass (2010). But his first starring TV role wasn’t until 2009 on TNT’s cop drama Dark Blue, where he played undercover cop Ty Curtis. Lest you forget, he also played the duplicitous Carl Bradmore, the down low husband of Janet Jackson’s character in the 2010 Tyler Perry film adaptation For Colored Girls. In 2013, he landed his last role [before Power] on BET’s Being Mary Jane, as Andre Daniels, a family man and husband who cheats on his wife with Mary Jane, played by Gabrielle Union. If it sounds familiar, it’s because it follows a similar character arc to his now infamous role as James “Ghost” St. Patrick on Starz’ Power. I guess you can say Omari’s been prepared to play Ghost one way or another.
Joseph Sikora (Tommy Egan)Starz
Before Joseph, 39, catapulted to the role of Tommy, he played a number of minor roles in film and TV, dating all the way back to the late ’80s. Some of the familiar shows and films you would recognize include 1993’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, where he played a guard, and the classic 1997 rom-com My Best Friend’s Wedding, where he played a stoner. In Martin Scorsese’s 2010 thriller Shutter Island, he played mental patient Glen Miga. He worked with Scorsese again that same year, when Marty directed Boardwalk Empire’s series pilot. In 2012, in the Tom Cruise action thriller Jack Reacher, Joseph played a pivotal role James Mark Barr, a sniper wrongfully accused of killing random people whom Tom Cruise’s character was brought in to prove was innocent. In 2014, he had memorable turns playing the badass biker Ginger in True Detective (who could forget that memorable shootout?) and a neo-Nazi scumbag named Sharp in Banshee. Tommy Egan is his first series regular role. Look at that.
Lela Loren (Angela Valdes)Starz
Lela grew up in Sacramento and prior to Power was best known for her role in The Hangover Part III as a cop and Snitch, which starred The Rock. Playing assistant district attorney Angela Valdes on Power makes perfect sense when looking at some of her previous roles. In 2006, she played a drug mule named Ana Castilla in one episode of CBS’s Cold Case. Through 2007, she made appearances on CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, and The Shield—all crime- and action-filled dramas. That seems to be her thing. She continued along the crime/drama path in 2009, playing special agent Isabella Cortez on NCIS. In 2012–2013, she switched it up, appearing as Francesca Rossi in sci-fi web series H+, a story set in the future in which a virus wiped out one-third of the human race and those who survived have their minds attached to the Internet 24 hours a day. Sounds like present day, right? Her last hurrah was her minor character Silvia in FOX’s Gang Related. Angela Valdes on Power became her first series regular role and she plays it well.
Naturi Naughton (Tasha St. Patrick)Starz
Naturi, 31, was well known as one third of the female pop R&B group 3LW before she started appearing in film and TV. The New Jersey-bred singer and actress got her first big break in 2009 when she played Lil’ Kim in the Biggie biopic Notorious and appeared in the film remake of Fame. In 2010, she appeared as Stacie in Lottery Ticket alongside Bow Wow and Ice Cube. The following year, she had a guest appearance in an episode of Mad Men. She was one of the Playboy bunnies on NBC’s short-lived series The Playboy Club and was on The Client List in 2012 as Kendra, a hard-working masseuse at a parlor. She also had guest roles on BET’s Let’s Stay Together and the TV movie Let the Church Say Amen in 2013. Naturi’s acting star continues to rise, playing Tasha St. Patrick in Power.
50 Cent (Kanan)Starz
Hmm…maybe you’ve seen this dude in da club?
Sinqua Walls (Shawn)Starz
A former college basketball player for Cal Poly Pomona and the University of San Francisco, Sinqua was best known for playing the werewolf Boyd on MTV’s Teen Wolf before he got the role of St. Patrick family driver/Kanan’s son Shawn on Power. He also did horror in 2011’s Shark Night 3D, playing an ill-fated jock, but you may have spotted him flexing his athleticism and artistry in guest appearances on Pair of Kings, Lincoln Heights, Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, Blue Mountain State, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Necessary Roughness, MTV’s Next, or playing Sir Lancelot on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time. Shawn’s drive on the show seems to mirror Sinqua’s as he moves up in this world.