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KD: Did you get to work with him at all? CA: I met him at the Season 2 premiere in New York, but that's the only interaction we had. I also like Wood Harris -- Avon Barksdale. That character is the most laidback gangbanger, but he called the shots, and people knew it. I did interact with him because of our scene in the beginning of this season. He's a great guy to be around. You hear about so many actors that are really into themselves, but these are guys who are a joy to work with. KD: The show is so critically acclaimed, even if it's ignored at awards season and in the ratings. Is it respected by casting directors and producers? Does The Wire open doors for you with them? CA: It is opening doors for me. I'm just at the point now where I have great reps to help me walk through those doors, so it does help get me in. It is critically acclaimed, even though we don't have the hardware to prove it. I'm not really into the Hollywood scene. I drift between being out and about and [being] a homebody. With Sundance, that was great. It was overwhelming how many Wire fans were there. KD: So you were at Sundance to get your face out and network? CA: And they give away nice stuff, I hear. [laughs] Me coming from the middle of nowhere and never being a part of that scene, that was overwhelming. I went to just about all of [the swag tents]. Though I hear somewhere they were giving away iPods, and [fake sad voice] I never got an iPod! My manager got credentials and I was able to go to many suites...and that was unfathomable. People give away so much stuff and the value of some of it is unreal. I don't have the budget to buy that stuff. I took what I got on The Wire and said, "Thank you." I didn't try to negotiate a higher salary because it was local casting. It's amazing, some of these people got all this stuff for free, and they finally have the money to buy anything they want. We were in front of the Fred Segal suite, and there were people shouting, "Free stuff for rich people!" from the bridge. I thought that was funny. Dude, I'm still trying to pay rent. Paris, behind me, she doesn't need all those stuffed animals. But that was kind of funny. KD: There must have been such a contrast between the Craft Services table in East Baltimore and the swag suites in Sundance. CA: It was in the back of my head when I was there, that people put value on these things and not other things. The whole [Sundance] scene was insane at times. I go out every now and then. I need to be more a part of-- how to word this. I need to get out more and be seen and network, I guess, but it's a little foreign to me from where I come from. When I have a conversation with someone it's because I want to, not because I'm trying to get something out of [him]. If I can do something for someone, I'll do it to the best of my ability, because I've been blessed and I try to help other people.