Known for his current role as Donald Winthrop, in season 3 of Tyler Perry's The Oval, Lake Charles native Lodric Collins is headed for superstardom. Collins was born and raised in the Lake Area and can now be seen in the movie Respect as Smokey Robinson alongside Academy Award-winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson. If you didn't know about him, you will. Truth is, Lodric Collins has an extensive acting resume' already.

In town to see family and celebrate his starring role in Respect, Collins took a little time out to talk with local media to express what this all means. He explained his family is everything and that he always checks on them to make sure they are good, especially after Hurricane Laura. Finding continued acting success is obviously a blessing that Collins doesn't take for granted. He said his acting itch came early in life as he described finding "a whole other world," when his grandmother took him to the ACTS Theatre.

The former SWLA Marine is living his dream right now. Go see Respect starring Jennifer Hudson, hand-picked by the Queen of Soul to tell her story. Collins is surrounded by greatness as the cast includes the legendary Forrest Whitaker, music icons Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige, the amazing Marlon Wayans, not to mention Audra McDonald as the late Barbara Franklin. The stars are the limit, congrats Lodric! We are so very proud of you and wish you the absolute very best in your acting career.

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