SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Fifteen years ago, I had the honor of introducing 6-year-old Coletrane Williams to all of you when he was in the running to be the face of The GAP Store kids line. Now, he's introducing himself to the world as one of the stars of the OWN Network's new hit show "Love Is…"
Coletrane Williams plays Marvin, a role that's similar to the character Martin Lawrence played on the hit '90s show "Marvin".
"I definitely looked up to Martin Lawrence embodying this character," said Coletrane Williams. "It's a crazy, cool place to be getting a chance to play this famous fictitious person and then getting to rock with these people and really having a good time on set."
Coletrane tells us 'Love Is… ' isn't just another love story. "Your average show starts with people who are not in love. At the end, they are in love. This show starts off with them in love. They know. So now you have to start this balance and maintain the love which is the real struggle because I feel like you can easily fall," added Coletrane.
After graduating from Savannah Arts Academy, Coletrane went to college to play soccer which he thought was his passion. He wasn't happy and with the encouragement of family, he d ropped out and went to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. With help of friends, he landed the audition for this show.
"I still look at this project as being in a beautiful place and I take it in its moments, but I understand that it could've easily not been me. It could have been my brother standing next to me auditioning. It would've been just as good if he would have had this role," said Coletrane.
His success getting through long scripts may have come from a special gift his mom told me he had since he was a little boy – an incredible memory. "I think having that led me to a place where I could as a child quickly scan it; know it; just jump right in from there and make it a little better," said Coletrane.
Here's what his father had to say 15 years ago about Coletrane's success in that GAP kids campaign. "To me, it's like I hear a lot of people say your 15 minutes of fame, except Coletrane is only 6. So you never know," said Dr. Frank Williams, Coletrane's father.
Coletrane believes this is only the beginning for him. He's enjoying this moment while hoping for even greater success in the future. " I definitely try to stay humble within it. I'm grateful to be around these people. I keep my head down. I am striving for more for beyond this."
Coming home on his break from taping the show and his parents making the star to take out the trash keeps him pretty humble too.
Coletrane is incredibly proud of getting the opportunity to work with Oprah Winfrey.
He said "It's just an amazing experience to work on something that she's involved with. She's a legend of our time. She is Oprah! Her name itself means so much. I appreciate her if I never had the chance to tell her. Hopefully, she will see this one day and understand how much I appreciate her."
You can watch Coletrane on "Love Is..." every Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
If you'd like to learn more about Coletrane's acting and music careers, you can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.