Multi-hyphenate Terry Crews has spent the whole last year in Los Angeles, enjoying the “family compound”—a combination of his home and studio, the latter of which he recently designed from a former stable in Pasadena.
Crews, who hosts America’s Got Talent on NBC and will return in his role as Lieutenant Terry Jeffords on the next season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine this fall, recently put out an audio memoir with his wife, Rebecca King-Crews, called Stronger Together, discussing their 32-year marriage. The famously fit star, 52, began his career as a defensive end and linebacker in the National Football League, before turning to show business, where he’s also starred in Everybody Hates Chris and hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Crews has appreciated spending more time close to home since the quarantine began. “Thank God for these Zooms. I’m never driving to Santa Monica again,” he says with a laugh. His new studio, located about 10 minutes from his house, is about 3,000 square feet and has rapid scanning, UV lighting, and high-pressure steamers to make sure everything is Covid-safe. It’s done so well, he says, that “it’s hard to leave.”
His new production studio offers him a one-stop shop for working on his projects, and his wife uses it for her home office, as well (she’s an actress, producer, singer, and designer). “It’s an extension of our home,” he says. While the family currently lives in a “classic Spanish-style home,” they’ve had plans drawn up to create a more modern house. For now, they’re in the market for the land.
We caught up with Crews to discuss his six favorite things in the family’s two-structure compound.