Ephraim Sykes as Seaweed J. Stubbs in 'Hairspray Live!'
Ephraim Sykes is playing the role of Seaweed in Hairspray Live!, the son of Motormouth Maybelle and the older brother of Little Inez, who wins the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant. Seaweed is a talented dancer, who faces a lot of struggles and participatees in the monthly "Negro Day" event on the Corny Collins Show in Hairspray. When talking about the serious side of Hairspray Live!, actor Sykes told Billboard: Honestly, the show is a very, very timely and relevant piece, with the amount of hatred and bigotry and racism and all the –isms that have been running rampant throughout this country. But for me specifically, this character deals with it through love and music and dance. I think it’s the most appropriate live musical event we’ve had thus far, with a message of individuality that still speaks to how to love your neighbor. The live production involves a star-studded cast including Jennifer Hudson, who plays the role of Seaweed's mom. As for Sykes' background, many may recognize him as being part of the original cast of "Hamilton>" For more information on actor Ephraim Sykes, click through our gallery of his best Hairspray Live! pics. (Photo by: Michael Desmond/NBC)