The Man Who Am
updated 05/23/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/23/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Jemison, who grew up in Baton Rouge with Hose, dad Ed, an architect, and two older siblings, majored in journalism until the middle of freshman year at LSU. "I realized," he says, "I never read newspapers, I don't watch the news—what am I doing here?" He switched to drama and, a year after graduation, moved to Chicago, where he eventually caught on in commercials, going one-on-one with Michael Jordan for a 1991 Wheaties ad. He was about to leave for a long-planned trip through the South with his girlfriend, aspiring actress Martie Sanders, when he was offered the Bud Light job. "I almost didn't do it," he says, "but she persuaded me."
He still isn't sure he made the right move. "Being known because of a commercial is embarrassing," he says. "I don't want people to make me into a little comic actor—I prefer drama." So then, Mr. Jemison, you're actually a serious thespian?
Never mind. We know the answer.