Pride Profile: 10 Questions With 'Wild 'N Out' Star Jason Lee

Jason Lee
Brian Christopher

Jason Lee

This past summer, MTV2’s Wild 'N Out star Jason Lee turned heads when he kissed unsuspecting castmate Bobby Lytes during a rap battle. The show’s only openly gay cast member, Lee is also editor-in-chief of urban entertainment news destination Hollywood Unlocked.

“There's a lot of power in the pen, you know, and there were a lot of stories being written about friends of mine that I thought weren't true or that weren't really written the right way, so I figured, well why don't I create a platform where I can jump in the arena and write what I see and what I know,” Lee tells Billboard.

The venture has grown to a multi-platform network since its 2015 launch, with its popular podcast Hollywood Unlocked [Uncensored?] drawing celebrity guests like Cardi B and Floyd Mayweather. As the brand grows, Lee aims to launch a music festival in 2020.

We turned the tables on the media mogul and quizzed him on everything from the first album he bought (hint: he was living in a material world) to his biggest guilty pleasure.

Spirit animal: I'm a Leo, so I just tend to really believe that I do live and act like a lion. I'd like to rule everything, I'd like to be the leader, and you know, if somebody fucks with me, I definitely know how to take them out.

Song I associate with coming out: The song I think that I related to the most is Frank Ocean's “Bad Religion.” That was the first song that I can remember I felt told my story, and felt like I could connect to. I was actually really emotional listening to that song; it was a really, it had a lot of impact on me.

Color of my aura: I don't really know, but I'm sitting in my apartment that's halfway Tiffany blue, so let's say Tiffany blue because that's the color of Hollywood Unlocked.

First album I bought: You know, one of the earliest albums I remember having -- and I was born in 1977, so one of the first albums I remember having was Madonna, Like A Virgin tape. It was a cassette, so… I don't even know if I knew what a virgin was at that time, but I loved that song.

Hidden talent: My hidden talent is that I'm a really damn good karaoke singer. [My go-to song] could be Bell Biv Devoe's “Poison,” it could be “Hello” by Lionel Richie, I could even give you Eric Clapton's “Old Love.” I try to be a little diverse. I'm not gonna get on stage and sing professionally, but I can do karaoke really well.

First celebrity crush: I can't really remember that I crushed on anybody, but you know who I've been thinking is really hot-looking now is Ricky Martin. I'm so mad that he's engaged. I wanna find a way to his wedding, I wanna be a plus-one at his wedding so I can object.

Guilty pleasure: I love watching Golden Girls. To know me personally is not to be like, "yo, he watches the Golden Girls?" But I can literally watch every episode and then watch it over again. I 'm just addicted to how shady they are.

First concert: Man, I've been to so many shows. I can remember going to see Brandy at the county fair when I was very young. Wait, matter of fact, it was Queen Latifah in 1994.

Favorite cartoon character: I was a huge fan of Bugs Bunny. I was mad that Looney Tunes stopped running. I'm an old-school cartoon head, so all the new stuff -- Pikachus and all that kind of shit -- I can't even get into that. That shit just drives me crazy.

Biggest insecurity: My biggest insecurity is, I think, the thought of having success without being able to fulfill my purpose and having the influence to do good, which is what I'm using my platform to do.


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