Last summer we interviewed actor Colman Domingo, most recently known as Victor Strand on Fear the Walking Dead. Domingo is a cigar aficionado and son of Philadelphia so we asked him about his hometown, the Eagles, and must-do activities.
People from Philadelphia are always really proud and loyal to the city. What do you like best about it?
The people. I think the people are the salt of the earth. It’s largely a blue-collar city, and it’s steeped in such a history—such a complex history, and I think the people there are fighters. They’re always seen as sort of the underdog in many ways, so I think that’s why people lost their minds when the Eagles won [the Super Bowl], ya know? Because it’s a city of underdogs. We know we have determination, we have fight, we have spirit. If you listen to anyone who sums it up, everyone is so proud, not only of being from Philadelphia but also of their neighborhood. Everyone claims their neighborhood, and I claim West Philly, as do Will Smith, Guion Bluford [the first African-American in space], and Wilt Chamberlin.
What did you do when the Eagles won?
I lost my mind. I watched it from Austin, where I’m shooting Fear the Walking Dead, and I watched it first from an amazing rib place because you always have to have some ribs when you’re in Austin. And then I moved to my apartment, and I was sitting there, rocking like a baby, literally short of breath, losing my mind. When we won, I probably just screamed and was close to tears. I think any city, especially Philadelphia, we love our sports teams, and it really means the world to us. It represents the city so well. So, I just lost my mind.
When you go back to Philly, what’s one or two things you just have to do?
Well, it’s going to sound really cliché, but you have to get a cheesesteak. And you’ll have to choose between Pat’s or Geno’s, but I even go so far as to go to some local places in West Philly. The first two are a bit more famed because they’re all on South Street, but I like going to some lesser-known places in West Philly. Another thing you have to do in Philly is go for a walk along the Schuylkill River. Philadelphia has been going through some gentrification, and I don’t even want to say gentrification; I want to say that they’ve actually been using their community spaces more to bring the community together. Because Philly itself is such a segregated city in many ways, and now you can see the communities coming together, whether from the north or east, in West Philly, in South Philly, all converging at parks and public spaces. So, I think the more outdoors you get the better it is.
So, officially, who makes the best cheesesteak in Philly?
Oh, Jesus! (Laughs) I like Pat’s. I’m a Pat’s guy.
To read more about Colman and his love for good cigars, check out our interview with him.
We also asked Danny Case, of From Ashes to New about his hometown of Lancaster:
Do you have any must visit or must eat places around Lancaster?
Cafe Di Vetro is an awesome little spot in Lancaster. They have the best blended mocha I’ve ever had in my life.