Yeah, but we try to keep it as real as possible. I’m 5’2. I’m kind of a little woman, so we needed to play into the awkwardness and the funny of: Okay, here’s this 5’2 woman and she sees a man who is a potential danger to her or someone she cares about, she doesn’t run the opposite way, she’s going to run head first into the situation. I like that the writers really made it to where when you see the physicality of it, it’s believable and realistic.
There’s one other black woman leading a primetime show. Have you thought about the importance of that and you helping to bring a little more color?
I’m the second black woman in 30 years to have a program on NBC. Before me was Diahann Carroll. So I understand the importance of it, and I’m thankful that NBC wrote this character as an African-American or Latina. They were very specific about what they wanted. And when you get into the meat of the show, even with me being an African-American woman, they don’t make it about me being African-American. It’s colorless. And that to me is amazing. I’ll deal with stuff that was written for black folks and the point is that you’re black. The point with this [show] is that I’m a human being and it doesn’t matter what nationality I was. But the character was written for a black actress. I thought that was dope and that was another thing that attracted me to it. It’s a diverse cast and I don’t know, I’m just really proud of this show.
Have you been keeping up with Scandal?
Oh yeah, I’m a huge fan of Kerry’s. I love all of her work. She’s very sweet. Before I even met her, she saw the film I did “Brick” and she wrote me a letter from one actress to another saying, “I thought you were really great in that,” and was basically watching for me. She wanted me to do well. That doesn’t happen often, especially with the fact that there aren’t a lot of black actresses in Hollywood that are doing well. Oftentimes people get the mentality of competition and I don’t believe in competition. What’s mine is mine and no one can take it from me and what someone else’s is someone else’s and I can’t take it from them. I feel the same way about Gabrielle, Taraji, and all of us uplifting each other.
What people love most about Scandal is the drama and the twists. Can people expect something similar with Deception?