The ‘Black-ish’ Cast Talk Junior Taking a Gap Year and Marcus Scribner Teases More Growth for His Character

Black-ish went through a lot of changes as the cast got older. That included Zoey (Yara Shahidi) going to college and that being shown on Grown-ish.

Junior (Marcus Scribner) took a different path by taking a gap year before college. This has thrown the Johnson family for a loop. What can we expect later this season?

Showbiz Cheat Sheet talked to the Black-ish cast at PaleyFest New York on Oct. 13. This is what Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Scribner had to say about his future and more.

Anthony Anderson said he had a similar conversation with his son

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Black-ish is partially based on Anderson’s life. It only makes sense that Junior’s storyline is similar to the actor’s experiences. The show continues to talk about different conversations in the Black community with those experiences and taking a gap year before college is new.

Anderson said he was dealing with the same thing with his own son. He responded with, “‘Hey son, that’s not what we do. You got to go on school and get your education.’ But it’s a different generation today.”

The actor noted that this generation looks up to Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates. “All of these men are gone on to create and become captains of industry who were college dropouts,” he said. “So that’s the playbook that they’re playing by now. And I can’t argue with that.”

He continued, “As a parent you’re like, ‘I get that and I understand that. But this is what I want for you.’ And then that’s where we get lost.”

Anderson isn’t the only one who finds the story to be a tough one to tackle. Ross also talked about Rainbow having to be harder on Junior this season.

“It’s hard for me,” she admitted. “I find it hard to be so hard on him, especially because historically that’s Dre’s role. So it’s been hard, but I also love acting with Marcus. He’s such a talent. So it’s really interesting to see that kind of storyline for a Black family.

Marcus Scribner said the writing of Junior changed as he got older

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Scribner talked about being happy that his character has changed from the beginning of the show. After all, Junior started as a geeky teen and now he has more confidence but is less studious.

“It’s kind of fun to play in the space of an actor where you get to kind of grow with your character,” Scribner said. “So as I’ve grown, the writing team has made sure to kind of implement a few things that I would do in the way I would act. But at the same time Junior is also growing as a person in a human and realizing his own goals.”

This season Junior will realize his potential

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The actor talked about his character’s decision to take a gap year before attending college. “I am a huge college advocate, higher education advocate. So for a lot of kids out there: Go to school!” he said.

He added, “But Junior feels like this is the best path for him.” The actor went on to say, “It may not seem like he’s showing it right now, but I feel like he definitely knows a path that he wants to take. So I think it was the smartest decision for him.”

The good news is that the character will continue to progress this season. “We’re working on a few episodes where Junior is kind of realizing his potential and what he wants to do,” said Scribner. “We saw in the Migos episode that that was not an avenue that should be taken. But he tried his best and that got him a little work experience, so he’s got some things coming up in the workforce.”

Black-ish fans will have to keep watching to see how Junior will continue to grow this season.