EXCLUSIVE: Morris Chestnut Says 'Rosewood' Co-Star Jaina Lee Ortiz Has Been Nothing But a Blessing

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Oh, Morris Chestnut.

Morris Chestnut will always be the best man, and the reason we fell for Keith Fenton in Two Can Play That Game. Yes, he was the definition of a fine, smart, perfect black man in our eyes. Needless to say, Chestnut is also an incredible actor, and one of the most down-to-earth, compelling and sweet people you'll ever come across in Hollywood.

The on-screen veteran has recently been dedicating his time and energy to Fox's Rosewood, which is currently in its second season. As the lead in Rosewood, the 47-year-old actor plays Beaumont Rosewood, aka Rosie, who is Miami's top pathologist. A brilliant, charismatic man, Rosie works alongside the badass Detective Annalise Villa (played by Jaina Lee Ortiz) to solve some of the most challenging cases in Mami. This season, Rosie and Villa find themselves in an even tougher situation, when Captain Ryan Slade (played by Eddie Cibrian) joins the east Miami Police Department.

EXCLUSIVE: Rosewood's Jaina Lee Ortiz on Why Working With Morris Chestnut & Eddie Cibrian is One Tough Job

When we were offered the chance to talk to Chestnut about Rosewood season two, of course we jumped at it. We waited all day for his call — which came late — but when the time arrived, it was certainly the best three minutes. Three minutes in heaven is what we'll call it. Hey, it's not everyday we get to talk to Morris Chestnut, okay?

We spoke to the amazing actor all about what fans can expect this season, what it's been like working with an incredible Latina like Ortiz and more. Read it all in our exclusive interview below:

What can we expect for Rosewood this season?

You can expect a lot. The show is bigger, bolder, sexier and edgier. Rosewood this year gets confronted with situations that are going to make him question his whole optimist perspective and view of the world. There's sort of a life-altering event that takes place in his life.

Interesting... Can you share more about that?

Some things you'll see coming.

What kind of life lessons have you learned by playing Rosie?

Primarily — and I’ve always felt that — don’t take anything for granted. Enjoy and live every day of your life because you never know when it’s going to be the end.

How has it been working with a fierce Latina like Jaina [Lee Ortiz]? She had nothing but great things to say about you!

It’s been very fierce. [Laughs] Jaina is incredible. She is an incredible talent and person. It’s been nothing but a blessing to work with her.

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