Chicago P.D.’s LaRoyce Hawkins opens up about fatherhood

LaRoyce Hawkins
LaRoyce Hawkins

LaRoyce Hawkins who plays Officer Kevin Atwater on Chicago P.D. is also a stand-up comedian, spoken word artist, and musician — but the career path he takes most seriously is being a father. 

In a new campaign announcing his mentorship in the Chicago-based collective and creative agency, Cove, Hawkins opened up about fatherhood and raising his son, Roman.

“I hope to leave my son with a legacy that helps him recognize his light through his gifts, and I want to be an example of how you can utilize all your gifts,” Hawkins said in a video that features some adorable photos of the 5-year-old. “Fatherhood was a shift on its own. You wanna be the greatest example you can be to your son, especially as a father.”

He continued, “I knew there was gonna be some things that I had to change about myself and some growth that I had to embrace in order for me to be able to give him the same lesson one day with a straight face. I can’t teach him anything I haven’t gone through or accepted for myself. I see myself a lot in him, so when I tighten up and level up, I understand that it’s not just for me and my career. I know it’s for my legacy through my son.”

The video, which was posted on Cove’s official instagram page can be seen here:

Built in Chicago, Cove is a first-of-its-kind collective and creative agency that unites athletes, artists, and brands that embody the extraordinary.

Cove is a woman-led, “Chicago-built team of hustlers with a lot of love for our city” founded by professional dancer Angelina Perino, who built Cove 2 years ago when she was just 23 years old. With Cove, Hawkins has joined a select group of Chicago’s most inspiring pro athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs united by the mission to mentor and motivate those in pursuit of a dream. 

Hawkins tends to focus his instagram on his Chicago P.D. photos, but occasionally he delights his fans with photos of his adorable son, the most recent shared in April, 2022:

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While Chicago P.D. Season 10 is currently on a three-week hiatus, Hawkins previously told NBC Insider that there may be some exciting things to come later on this season.

“Atwater wants to be a detective, and we don’t know if that’s gonna happen, but we know it’s only going to happen if he can prove himself to be a dynamic leader in situations similar to [the episode] Sympathetic Reflex,” he said. “So I think we can expect more situations similar to that, and we’ll just watch Atwater do his best to navigate those effectively. He has to prove to the unit, he has to prove to the ‘Sarge, that he deserves that detective slot that’s open, ’cause it’s open.”

Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 9 PM CST on NBC and streams the next day on the Peacock app.

Chicago P.D. is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment. Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studio.