Check out what she had to say after the jump. How did you come to this show? You should go in for it. I was so excited. I was actually really nervous at my very audition, in front of Courtney Kemp Agboh, our writer and showrunner, and Vicki Thomas, the casting director, and David Knoller, our producer. Going into the audition, I was a nervous wreck because I really wanted the role. It was a process. Initially, it was a struggle because they told me that I might be too young or not the right type, so it took awhile.
But after that, I definitely felt like they embraced me. It was great, just to be able to be a part of this project. I love that Tasha is not just the naive, gorgeous wife that just sits at home with diamonds and pearls, shopping all day. Tasha helped Ghost build his drug empire, and she really helped him with getting rid of evidence and avoiding getting caught and making sure the money is right.
She loves her husband and her family. She speaks her mind. She definitely has an edgy, feisty side to her. Tasha is fierce, and she does what it takes. Her mother was a single mom, growing up in Queens. Can I live without him? Am I someone without him? This show is very full-on with the violence, language and nudity. I used to be obsessed with Boss. With the nudity, the violence and all these things that people may harp on, I always remind people that it fuels the story. When you see the violence and you see some of the sexuality of these characters, keep in mind that Tasha uses her sexiness as a form of power.
She uses her sexuality to make sure she has control over her circumstance or to make herself feel strong again. At the end of the day, she is a force to be reckoned with, which I think is encouraging.
That scene in the backseat of the limo with the driver, Shawn Sinqua Walls , watching her, really says a lot about who she is and how she uses her sexuality.
She knows how to use people and get them in the palm of her hand. You may not agree with all her actions. You may not always like the way she goes about things. When you see the rest of the season, she definitely has her moments.
But at the end of the day, you can empathize and just connect with her struggle to stay in control. What can you say about how the relationship between Tasha and Shawn develops?
Without spoiling it, I think the relationship between Tasha and Shawn is going to be a very interesting, provocative relationship that makes you think and makes you see how sometimes everything is not what it seems and not how it looks. Sometimes people will get hurt, people will be used, and people will be manipulated. How do you most identify with Tasha, and how do you find her to be challenging? I was challenged by all of the different sides and complexities of the character.
Is this something that rings true? If you look at The Sopranos, you see these powerful men and the women behind them. Even though our relationship is a little bit different, it exists. I knew Omari before we shot this. We were friends in the industry. I would always see his work or see him. I was really a fan of his, honestly. I get to act with a friend and work with someone that makes me feel comfortable. We enjoy each other. I definitely want my career to continue to branch out.
I want to write. Was it initially challenging to make that transition from singer to actress? When I was young, I was always telling my parents and telling everybody that I was going to be a singer and an actress when I grew up.
I was in dance lessons. I took singing lessons. I was in the plays. I took acting lessons. I did different things that continued to keep me ready for this opportunity and ready for all the things that are happening now. Power airs on Saturday nights on Starz.