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Friday
Sep272013

Terrence J Talks "Baggage Claim," New Inspirational Book

Alan Markfield – © 2012 Screen Gems Productions, Inc./SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC(NEW YORK) -- Terrence J is part of a big ensemble cast --  Paula Patton, Jill Scott, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs and R&B singer Trey Songz to name a few -- in the upcoming romantic comedy, Baggage Claim, out Friday. The E! News anchor tells ABC News Radio what viewers can expect when he comes onscreen.

"We're kind of the surprise at the end of the movie," he explains to ABC News Radio. "For Paula Patton, who plays the [main] character named Montana, Montana does this incredible journey where she dates all of her ex-boyfriends to try to find a husband within 30 days before her young sister, played by Lauren London, gets married to me.  And so Paula takes you on this hilarious journey and in the end she realizes that love is sometimes right under your nose."

And when Terrence wasn't on set, or standing beside Giuliana Rancic at the E! News anchor desk, he was writing a book with his mom, Lisa Gonzalez, called The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom: The Lessons That Made My Life Rich, out Oct. 1.

Terrence says he was inspired to write the self-help book when researching his role as a momma's boy in the hit film, Think Like a Man.

"I wrote this book with my mom so that it can inspire mothers and it can inspire young people that are chasing their dreams the same way I did," he adds.

Terrence says the book is filled with his mom's advice, including an important lesson she helped him learn.

"My mom always told me to never take people for granted. And I share a story in the book that I don't really talk about, but I was dating a young lady when I first started working at BET years ago and I took her for granted a lot throughout the relationship and she ended up getting into a really bad car accident and died before I got to tell her how much she meant to me," he says. "And it's always been something that's stuck with me to never take people for granted, always give them the roses while they're still living."

Terrence hopes to share that same lesson with high school students when he returns to inspire young people who are accepted into the Disney Dreamers Academy, which is currently taking applications now through Oct. 31.

"It's a four-day weekend where 100 young people from across the country come down and get this immersive program where they have deep dive sessions, they have empowerment sessions, mentoring sessions and they have a lot of fun at the [Walt Disney World] park," Terrence adds.

ABC News is owned by the Walt Disney Company.

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