Mike Colter and Viola Davis are each successful actors in film and television, and it turns out the stars are cousins — who only met for the first time earlier this year.

Colter, currently starring in Global’s new supernatural drama “Evil”, dropped by “The Talk” on Thursday, where he explained why he and the “How To Get Away With Murder” star — his second cousin — only managed to meet each other in April.

“So what took you so long?” asked host Sheryl Underwood.

“You know, honestly, we had never met but our families have family reunions, and they talk about us and stuff. They are very proud of us,” explained Colter.

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“We’re just very busy… In L.A. you could be right next to someone, in the same neighbourhood, you’re never home; you’re filming somewhere; they’re busy, life happens,” he added. “And we just never got caught up… I figured we would just work it out, and we connected, and we just made it happen. Took us about a week. We were like, ‘Let’s get some coffee and talk,’ and I met her mom. Good times.”

You can catch Colter on “Evil”, premiering Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

“The Talk” airs weekdays at 2 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

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