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LaRoyce Hawkins Talks His 6-Year-Old Son Starting 1st Grade: "He's A Very Good Kid"

The Chicago P.D. star talked about his raising his son Roman while also being an actor.

By Jackie Manno

LaRoyce Hawkins (Kevin Atwater) is one proud papa! 

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In a recent interview with Essence, the Chicago P.D. star opened up about how being a father to his 6-year-old son Roman, and an exciting major milestone that they recently celebrated. 

LaRoyce Hawkins opens about his son, Roman, and fatherhood

"He turned six in April, but he started first grade sometime this month because he was back to school, but he’s on the second grade traveling basketball team," Hawkins said. "And so, last weekend I traveled with his team to St. Louis, and he’s the youngest one on the team. Obviously, the fact that he just wants to be out there was great."

On April 27, Hawkins shared the most adorable pictures of him celebrating Roman's 6th birthday. The two had a blast at a play place while Roman played with some balloons, hula hoops, swings, and foam blocks. How fun!

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"Fatherhood has really taught me a couple things – more than a couple of things, but one of the things that I’ve been really taking pride in recently is my patience, just being patient with the small things too. The process of patience more than anything. I don’t think we can find ourselves being ultimately patient. I don’t think patience is a goal as much as it is just a process every day, just taking in stride what you can get, and really embracing where you are. It’s helped me with that too," the actor told the outlet.

He continued: "I think fatherhood has really taught me something about artistry, which is just really just to embrace the moment that you’re in and do your best with what you have. Not necessarily where you want to be or where you used to be, but exactly where you are is where it’s the most appropriate to live for. And finally, it’s definitely taught me that the more I embrace it, the more I love it, the more I learn, and just watching my son grow up to be… He’s a very, very good kid."

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LaRoyce Hawkins on Season 11 of Chicago P.D.

Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) appears in a scene from Chicago P.D.

And with Season 11 of Chicago P.Don the horizon, the actor reflected on playing Kevin Atwater for nearly a decade after being on the series since its first season.

"It’s really nothing but gratitude man from my end of things," he told Essence of his experience filming the show. "It’s something that you can’t really expect. You don’t expect your dreams to come true at this capacity and at this level. When you’re young, with the type of imagination that I grew up with, I kind of always saw myself in spaces like these, but you never really see it, or you never know how necessarily. You know what you want to do, but you don’t know how it’s going to get done. And so walking into 11 seasons, just period, it’s powerful. My family’s proud, my neighborhood is proud, so it feels great, and I’m grateful.