Q&A: Combs pursues new career "like any aspiring actor"

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By Melissa Grego

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs, who starred in the ABC telepic and Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," now spends 15 to 20 days every month in Los Angeles pursuing his acting career.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he addressed the hubbub about his ever-changing aliases (nope, not going back to "Puff Daddy"), why recording music is on hold for now and the acting roles he is going after next.

The Hollywood Reporter: Did you change your name?

Sean Combs: No, no. See, the evolution of my name has really just been many sides of me. One of the things about being an artist is you have different personalities that you channel artistically, and my name changes have been just fun. It hasn't been anything serious.

It's just saying things growing up in the neighborhood, and different people call you nicknames. But then you're famous and things get blown out of proportion.

It has been a description of how I've evolved. Right now my focus has been on myself as an actor, and I've preserved the right of using my birth name from my mother, my most vulnerable name, to go by as an actor. So when you go see my movies you won't see P. Diddy. You'll see Sean Combs. That would be the honest representation of who I am.

THR: Do you see the potential for another nickname?

Combs: Anything is possible. I wake up in the morning and I just go with the flow. I just make the best of it, and I'm just having fun. But at the same time it's a very serious time for me because I'm evolving as an artist, I'm evolving as a person.   Continued...

 
<p>Sean "P Diddy" Combs arrives for the screening of the film "Two Lovers" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 19, 2008. Combs, who starred in the ABC telepic and Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," now spends 15 to 20 days every month in Los Angeles pursuing his acting career. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>