Vixen Chat: The Cast of ‘Drumline: A New Beat’ is Ready to Tell a New Story

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What did you learn about yourself playing this character?

Alexandra Shipp: I learned how far I could push myself on this job. It wasn’t just an acting job, we weren’t set up in air-conditioned rooms, we were on a field drumming, the nitty gritty. It was shot in Atlanta, it was hot, we were sweating, it was really, really humid.

If you could go to any HBCU and be on their marching band, which would it be?

Alexandra Shipp: I just went to Howard Homecoming it was fantastic. Although I will say Florida [A&M] did their thing, they had something to prove, which I understand why they did it and came so hard.