Jaleel White visited “The Talk” recently where he dished a little on his character Stephan who many of us fell in love with on Family Matters.
We loved Steve Urkel and of course, we never really wanted to see him go, but Stephan! Stephan could get it!
Jaleel told co-host Sheryl Underwood that he initially did not like the character.
“You know what, I never even wanted to play Stefan. I thought Stefan was boring.”
But then he said, he learned that the character was great for viewers who wanted to see ‘the real him’ outside of Urkel.
“I mean, thank God I played Stefan ‘cause it allowed Black women to see me and the way I actually am. I had no idea, and now that’s the standard,” he said.
I mean, I can be driving down Crenshaw and literally off a bus stop, ‘Hey that’s Stefan.’ You know Black people we got that special vision in the ‘hood. And so I’m very happy I played that character because it saved me with my own community,” he explained.
Watch the clip below: