Actor and doting daddy Taye Diggs has a new project on the go these days: Joining the list of actors-turned-authors, the Private Practice star has penned a new children’s book titled Chocolate Me. In an interview with Parade.com Taye talks about the inspiration behind the story, and gives us an update on life at home with his wife Idina Menzel and their beautiful boy Walker.
On Walker’s Terrible 2s: “Well, I’d be lying if I said he wouldn’t be going through them. I’m not sure if they’re all terrible, but it’s not all sunshine and lollipops. He’s become very familiar with the words ‘mine’ and ‘no.’ But it’s really hard to be annoyed because any time something comes out of his mouth, I am amazed he’s a working human being. Sometimes it feels like he’s a science project we took a risk on and experimented on and it’s all working. We read the instructions and we put it together okay.”
On whether he and Idina are excited for Walker to follow in their footsteps: “We’re just excited period. I have a basketball in his crib. I just want to make sure he’s well-rounded. He can do whatever he wants. I don’t want him to be in a position where he’s hating us for not putting him in piano or dance lessons. I want him to experience everything so he has a solid grasp and choice.”
On Chocolate Me: “This book is based on a poem I wrote back in college. I remembered being 5-years-old and moving into this neighborhood where none of the kids looked like me and were very inquisitive. Questioning why I looked the way I looked and why my hair was the way it was. I remember feeling really awkward, like I didn’t fit in. My best friend Shane Evans is a very established publisher and had published other children’s books and he thought this concept would make a good one. We just joined forces and put a mockup together and took it to some places and here were are. It’s great working as best friends on something that means so much to us, like self-esteem and self-awareness, especially at this time of bullying. I wrote the book to my kid.”