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Being Mary Jane postmortem: Aaron D. Spears on Mark's journey

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SPOILER ALERT: The following contains details from “Don’t Call It a Comeback,” Tuesday’s episode of Being Mary Jane. 

Whatever you do, don’t call it a comeback. In this week’s episode of Being Mary Jane, our favorite news anchor returned to primetime. Dressed in her pick of Prada sheaths and Dior designs, Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union) clearly had a handle on her professional life as she stepped back into the anchor chair. But her personal life? Well, that was another matter, as she juggled hookups with Cutty Buddy and Gorgeous Guy. 

Mark (Aaron D. Spears) also experienced big changes this episode, when he was publicly outed after a video of him kissing another man went viral. Embracing his status as a gay news anchor might have seemed the natural choice, but Mark resisted pressure from SNC leadership – especially when he was told that he wouldn’t be able to travel for foreign news segments as promised. Unwilling to compromise or give up his dream, Mark quit his lucrative job at SNC and resolved to travel to Nigeria with a freelance news crew. So what’s next for him? We called up Spears to get the scoop.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Mark’s story arc this episode centered heavily on his identity as a gay man — something you didn’t realize when you took the part. Can you tell us about that?

AARON D. SPEARS: [Show creator] Mara Brock-Akil and [executive producer] Salim Akil [and I] always talk about how we can do justice to this character, and all the other people that are living this truth. I’m already at peace with who I am and what I’m about, and I think that gives me freedom to explore, take on this character and explore his story lines from an issue-based perspective.

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What kind of conversations did you have with Mara about Mark’s story line this season? 

Mara is probably one of the coolest rich people you’d ever want to meet. You’d never know the status of person she is because she’s so sweet, generous and outgoing. She came to me and she said, “Let’s talk about Mark this season,” and she asked me about what I was comfortable with, and what direction Mark was going in. I think at present, I think Mark is finding his space. He’s finally willing to own what he’s been facing behind closed doors. He’s now ready to kick those doors open and whether it’s at work, or with friends and family, he’s ready to stand in the doorway and make decisions. 

Mark was outed when he was caught making out with another man. With all the steamy story lines on Being Mary Jane this season, will Mark have a similar scene of his own in the episodes to come? 

There was a lot of controversy surrounding how much they could show or not show this episode. Whether his relationship with that man will blossom into something more, I’m not sure. Everyone wants love. He’s not turning away from love, but we’ll see how that plays out. Right now, Mark is a big question mark.

Are you rooting for Cutty Buddy or for MJ’s new man?

Cutty Buddy has his moments, but as Mark, I’m trying to get Mary Jane to open herself up to different opportunities. Just because a guy is Caucasian doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any attributes you wouldn’t like. I think that trip to the club with Mark opened up her mind. So I think that Mark is rooting for this guy. 

Is Mark definitely going to move to Nigeria this season?

We’ll see him leave. We won’t see him in the continent of Africa, but that is something that could possibly see in season 4. If there is a season 4, I’d love to see Mark in Africa.