Michael Rainey Jr. returns as Tariq St. Patrick in the “Power” spinoff “Power Book II: Ghost,” premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. on Starz.
Rainey, 19, says he’s feeling “anxious” about his first starring position in a sequence.
“I’ve loads of feelings,” he says. “I’m type of nervous concerning the first episode however, greater than something, I’m excited for individuals to see the new world of ‘Power.’
“It’s nonetheless just like the unique [series] however now it’s younger,” he says. “We have a distinct vitality and it’s positively going to be much more playful.”
“Power Book II: Ghost” continues the place “Power” left off, with Tariq having killed his father, Patrick “Ghost” St. James (Omari Hardwick). His mom, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), took the autumn and is at the moment incarcerated and on trial for homicide.
“The first few episodes are fixed hustles for Tariq,” Rainey says. “He has to ensure he’s on level with getting good grades in faculty so he can graduate and inherit his belief fund — and, on prime of that, he must be in the streets and get the cash for his mother’s lawyer.
“I don’t really feel like Ghost prepped Tariq for this new life, however it was inevitable and was certain to occur,” he says. “He’s his son, so I really feel like that’s the hustler mentality in his blood.
“It’s positively a Ghost trait in Tariq.”
Rainey, who’s been home-schooled because the first grade, admits that he can’t actually relate to Tariq’s life in school.
“Honestly, I’ve by no means been to a daily faculty and I’ve no expertise in the classroom … however I type of get what faculty is about,” he says. “I used to sneak into my buddy’s highschool. I used to only go there on a regular basis and chill.”
“Power Book II” additionally introduces two new characters, highly effective household matriarch Monet Stewart Monet (Mary J. Blige) and high-powered protection lawyer David MacLean (Method Man).
“Honestly, they’re legends,” Rainey says. “I at all times heard their music being performed once I was little. My mother can be cleansing the home and she or he listened to Mary J. Blige. So to work together with her now could be dope — like, who would have ever thought?
“And me and Method Man’s son really performed soccer collectively in the identical league once I was like 9 or 10,” he says. “So it’s type of like a ‘full circle’ second.”
Rainey says Tariq has his priorities in order because the sequence will get underway.
“The foremost purpose for Tariq proper now could be positively getting his mother out of jail as a result of … he doesn’t need her being there for one thing he did,” he says. “All that occurred due to him. He positively feels dangerous about it.
“I believe anyone would remorse killing their father, however Tariq felt like he needed to shield the way forward for his household,” he says. “So it’s a kind of issues the place he has to reside with these penalties weighing on him whereas he’s hustling, going to highschool and all of that.
“It’s going to be a problem for him to seek out associates, as a result of he can’t actually belief anyone,” he says. “So, proper now, I believe he simply needs to maintain his circle small.”