Only Thing Better Than Power Book II: Ghost? Michael Rainey Jr. and Gianni Paolo's Friendship
If you've already tuned into the second season of Power Book II: Ghost, then you know costars Michael Rainey Jr. (Tariq St. Patrick) and Gianni Paolo (Brayden Weston) are as thick as thieves in real life as they are on screen. On the show, the two play each other's best friends in college/partners in crime, but off screen, their brotherhood is just as tight. The dynamic duo met each other on season five of Power when they both attended the prestigious school Choate. But acting alongside each other in four episodes of the flagship series and their own spinoff has led to a very close friendship off set as well.
"Man, I was super-hype because we got great chemistry," Michael told Entertainment Weekly about being paired up with Gianni. "Getting the opportunity for us to showcase that more now is dope." Gianni also added that he loves how the two have bonded, saying "That's why I love working with Mike so much, because I've never had that with any other actor."
Their onscreen friendship is also going to grow stronger this season, as Michael and Gianni both teased to POPSUGAR that the two are slowly becoming a young Ghost St. Patrick and Tommy Egan — just as fans have suspected. "We do have a lot of similarities, but I think that dynamic is what people pull mostly from it," Gianni said. We sure hope to get some explosive moments from the two just like their predecessors because season two is already off to a crazy start! Ahead, check out some of Michael and Gianni's best snaps together.