Actor Robbie Jones has been working since he hung up his hoop dreams seven years ago. And in a weird way, he may have talk show hostess Wendy Williams to thank for his career upsurge. Jones started out doing commercials and during an appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show” he was teased for his role in a Hot Pockets commercial.
“She laid into me pretty hard for this Hot Pockets commercial I did,” Jones told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “She let me have it, it was hilarious. She played it over and over again, made me look kind of goofy in front of the ladies, but its OK. But we have to start somewhere. After that I booked that “One Tree Hill” role. And that really just kind of got it started for me. It’s been a blessing. It happened really fast for me. So I’m excited about the future.”
Jones appeared on the short-lived “Hellcats” as well as “90210: The Final Season” and “Necessary Roughness.” He also played the tough but tender basketball player in “Hurricane Season” with Forest Whitaker a few years back. But Jones’s biggest role to date has been as Internet mogul Harley in “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” now out on DVD. In it, he plays an alluring but ultimately sinister businessman who seduces Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s character into an adulterous affair with unexpected consequences.
Although acting is his first love, the 6’3 actor did play basketball for UC Berkley at one time.
“I went to UC Berkeley and played basketball there and then I played overseas for a while and just kind of fell into the acting thing. I was surprised it’s a lot of guys out here that can hoop a little bit. I still dabble. I can get out there and light it up with the best of them. I still have fun with the game.”
Though he often plays teen roles, Jones is actually 35! and yes, ladies, he is single, though the attention he’s been getting since “Temptation” may be threatening his currently available status.
“I can say that the women have been very nice to me. The women are very kind to me. [But yes,] They have called me Harley. I have to reintroduce myself and say “Hey, I’m Robbie.”
Jones can’t talk about his next project yet, but says his fans should be very pleased. Keep up with him via Twitter @TheRobbieJones.
“Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” is out on DVD, Blu-Ray and On Demand today.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (6/18-6/24)
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1. Me & the homie @jaleelwhite #RujohnFoundation Happy to be in Jamaica! Good times
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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8. Oooooh weeee this man right here is responsible for at least three of our four babies!! #JOE ❤❤❤🎤 #rnb #king #voicelikebutter #ForPeetesSake
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9. Hanging with my @abcnetwork family! @abcunclebuck tonite y'all check us out ! @anthonyanderson @traceeellisross
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10. My broski ( @sayeedshahidi ) and I are on Top 5 Live on @go90 at 5 (which is super duper close)! Make sure to tune in :) #UncleBuck #Blackish
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11. Lights out💤 #GoodNight
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12. Late nights mornings
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13. Ran into the lovely talented @siedahgarrett on this brutiful favvuz deh!
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14. #halal #love #thedargans #kattwilliamsSHOW #mashallah when that Jennah piece HIT!! @sweetjennahcollection glasses by @baddieglamaccessories LIZ 😍 @dynamiteko top @dazzledmv and jeans @thevision414 and shoes: @louboutinworld
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15. Big Hair and Optical Illusions #OceanDrive #MiamiLiving #coverparty
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16. MAMA and THE SAVAGES ... ⚓️ #supportyourlocalgirlgang
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17. From the bottom of my ❤️, thank you new followers & old! & hello fellow night owls! #grateful #racheltrue #naturalhair #curlyhair #curlygirl #healthyhair
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18. I feel so grateful because I met these amazing young minds, visiting from Houston TX, during their college tour stop today at #usc.These students are ALL extraordinary and embody academic excellence so I'm humbled to have shared a few moments with them to applaud and celebrate their bright futures ahead! Thank you @EmergeFellows for inviting me to speak and blessing me with your love and attention this afternoon!
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19. Happy Fathers Day Pops. U taught me how to be a man. Lessons of love, hard work & gratefulness. Sorry the fishing didn't stick. LOL. I Love U!
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20. Sky Zone and Ice Cream! Best Fathers Day Ever!! Photo credit @mariahcarey
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21. Look what finally came in the mail 😎 #mtvmovieawards2016 💥+🌽! #straightouttacompton
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22. Claudia Jordan: ....
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23. 'Member that time I almost knocked a bajillion dollar camera off the car? Really? Yeah, me neither! #Greenleaf Episode 2 comin atcha!
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24. Full of love. #birthday #Cabo
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25. Oh hey! Look who just joined Snapchat
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