Every now and then you get to work with a director you've been a fan of for years. SAINT X was incredible on many levels! It's a great script, with a GREAT director that I've been dying to work with!!
It was such an honor, creatively & personally, to meet and work with the wonderfully gifted Dee Rees. I was like a kid in a candy store, being directed by her. Wow!!! She's honestly a lovely, genuine and warm person -- all around. I truly hope to work more with Dee.
Working with Alycia Debnam-Carey was BEYOND fun. We had a great scene together, and in-between takes she was very warm -- we got to connect and talk about life. I truly hope I get to work with Alycia again.
Last but not least -- Josh Bonzie is a pro who brought the heat to our scene. 🔥 ¡Puro fuego! 🔥 Hope we get to do more scenes like that.
As a born and bread New Yorker who grew up with hip-hop, I've been a fan of Queen Latifah's since I was a kid. So meeting her -- and working with her -- was a dream come true.
After we shot our scene, I thanked her for being a positive influence to many people. I can say, she's extremely gracious. Also, in-between takes we shared a fun little inside joke about Public Enemy's 911 is a joke.
She truly is a Queen -- or as my mom would say... ¡una reina!
The director was Solvan "Slick" Naim, he's cool and fun to collaborate with. Plus, Slick is a very talented musician/rapper too! The man is a talent -- and he's nice! And from Brooklyn too. Hope to work with Slick again.
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To be 100% honest, I'm a working actor who auditions for tiny roles just to get my foot in the door. So, when my manager called saying I was being offered a role I didn't audition for I asked, "You sure they want me?"
After I was hired, Producer Camille Janiffa Bradshaw did a Zoom reading of the script... I showed up and nailed it. Yet, I was still unsure if they wanted me - because just getting offered the part without auditioning is new to me.
After the reading I spoke to Camille and I said: "There's another Johnny Sanchez in the industry. A stand up comedian. You sure it's not him you want?" She replied, "No, we want you. But even if we ever wanted the other Johnny Sanchez -- we want you now. Trust me, we want you." I was so grateful.
Bru's was produced by strong, smart, creative and dedicated black women. Director Mark Harris helmed the ship, a gentleman who gave everyone love. I also met writer Lamont Ferrell -- I said, Lamont, let's keep doing this. I want to be back on this set again. As for Bruce Bruce and Brely Evans they're BOTH incredible. First off, Bruce Bruce has been in the game a minute -- decades! A pro who treated each actor with love and respect.. and full of the fatherly advice we all need more of in our lives. Brely, wow, a queen!! She knows what it is to be a star! And brought the best of herself. Plus, we shot on location -- in Atlanta. I felt the LOVE and I hope to be back there again!
Working with director David Hollander was a delight. We got to the set and he was like... let's play.. let's find the creativity.. and let's really create the truth of the moment. Holy shoots, that's so rare -- and we created some magic.
SPOILER ALERT: It was a flashback sequence... and we recreated the 1980s. Wow, the streets, the cars.. the clothing of the era. So much fun. David is a real creative filmmaker. Hope to work with David again.
There's a reason why they say FBI: MOST WANTED is a solid team. They delivered the goods! The cast, director, writers, producers, crew -- everyone was so on top of it that I was like -- man, I better bring my 'A game' to this job.
I haven't done a scene like that before.. so getting to do it was loads of fun -- quick and fierce action. My character comes face to face with a dangerous and deadly killer. -- Yeah, fun is the operative word here. Fun to work on this.