Danielle Brooks: Taystee Delight
Photo Credit: Jasmine L. Gonzalez
You recently attended your first Emmy Awards. Tell us about that day.
It was a dream come true. At some point you have to stop, give God all glory for leading me to this moment in time at such a young age, because I swore this was going to happen when I was 40. Look at these actors and how old they are—they’ve been working in the game for a while. To see Kerry Washington and Diahann Carroll on that stage; to be in the same room as so many incredible actors and have them know my work; I just felt like I was in the right place.
Any starstruck moments?
I got to meet a few of the Scandal castmates. That got me. Getting to see the cast of Breaking Bad was huge, too. But getting to talk to Kerry—the first thing she said to me was “You are just beautiful!” Girl, my heart… I was all flustered! I sat next to Octavia Spencer for like ten minutes straight and I couldn’t believe it. I was holding it in and trying to keep it together.
As a woman of color, did you ever think you would get to play this kind of role?
Girl, it is so nice, for once, to be surrounded by people of color who are celebrating each other. We’re always the wife or the daughter or the maid. So, to not be worried about competition or whether there’s only one black girl to be a series regular. I don’t know if I knew this was coming. I’m very optimistic, but so early on in my career to be working with so many women is so inspiring. Also, getting to pick the brain of Toussaint and Kate Mulgrew and work with Laverne Cox, a transgender woman, is an education.