For Niecy Nash, It’s About Visibility In Hollywood


Niecy Nash’s longstanding occupation entails an array of characters across tv and movie that are dropped at existence by her effervescent personality and straightforward skill. After decades in the industry, the 52-year-worn actress has entered a new abilities in her inner most existence as her occupation continues to raise.

Splendid in like and existence following her August 2020 marriage to Jessica Betts, whom she refers to as her “valuable other,” Nash has new projects, new partnerships, and new targets forward of her.

“Listen, I talked about after I received married, I educated my valuable other… You focus on the issues you need and all these deep conversations, I talked about, “Can I appropriate be precise?” And he or she used to be like, “Yeah.” And I talked about, “I appropriate desire to create like all across the sphere. Stamps in these passports. “Let’s get grasp of it,” she lightheartedly shared with VIBE all by a morning chat in early April.

We met the Claws important particular person at a Beverly Hills resort to focus on her new partnership with IHOP as she filmed promotional materials and finished press for the tasty enterprise. There, we discussed her upcoming packages, representation in Hollywood, and more.

This interview had been edited for size and readability.

VIBE: I know The Rookie is coming out rapidly. How used to be it engaged on that? What can followers query from you there?

I had a appropriate time on The Rookie. It used to be so worthy relaxing. I’m in a position to’t get grasp of a ways off from playing any individual in law enforcement if I attempted, but I had an extraordinarily appropriate time. I play a personality named Simone Clark. She’s attractive, she’s laughable, she’s passionate, but she’s a little unconventional. So, she is having a fancy time doing it the FBI means, because she desires to model it her means. And so, her bosses are like, “Procure in with the program.” And he or she’s a good deal like, “But I carried out the job, so what distinction does it create how I received it carried out?” I had an extraordinarily appropriate time playing her.

What else are you currently engaged on that you’ll allotment with us?

I’m the brand new host of Don’t Overlook the Lyrics! Wayne Brady inclined to host it. I’m data superhighway webhosting it and executive producing it now. I was very, very overjoyed that my valuable other received to work with me on it, because she’s a member of the band. That used to be appropriate cases filming that. And it’s so mighty to present other folks bags and bags of cash after we’ve passed by this kind of onerous time with this pandemic. When I wrapped it, I appropriate cried because I was so overjoyed. So many folk wanted that cash. And I’m like, “Effectively, if these lyrics, I’m going to present it to you.” So that used to be a appropriate time, and that’ll be coming out on the 23rd of Also can just.

Are there any styles of roles that you haven’t carried out yet that you’ll salvage to add to your resume?

That’s a appropriate ask. Despite the truth that I’ve carried out lots, I specialise in there’s still lots I haven’t carried out. And I’m in new issues. I don’t like playing the the same style of element over and over. I had one more to play any individual who used to be in actual fact point out, and time desk-colorful, it didn’t work out. But that may possibly’ve been so savory because I’m incessantly a appropriate time and so relaxing in heaps of issues. So, to be any individual who used to be fully opposite of myself, that may possibly’ve been one thing interesting to play.

Carry out you specialise in you’ll’ve had any main difficulties tapping into that… appropriate being point out?

You already know what? I in actual fact feel just like the main anguish comes if the job is prolonged. Because then, allotment of that bakes into you. And even in all chance now and again, your personality will bear a vernacular that’s no longer yours, but since you’ve lived in it for six months out of the year for five years, while you’re no longer at work, you’ll borrow some issues out of your personality that you may possibly well well presumably presumably still bear left on the page. But now and again you learn shimmering issues from a personality, and then they commerce you as a particular person for the larger. It may possibly possibly well possibly work each and every systems. So, you appropriate received to examine out.

How model you of direction feel the industry has grown since you’ve entered the industry, to this point as representing diversified styles of romance, diversified styles of alternative folks of diversified styles of backgrounds and looks to be…appropriate diversified styles of the total lot?

I in actual fact feel like there’s lots broader visibility. You may possibly well well presumably presumably learn about it in commercials, with physique kinds, with identical-gender relationships, even pores and skin tones. I appropriate in actual fact feel love it’s lots broader than it inclined to be. Even my personality on The Rookie, she would identify as fluid. She dates men and females in the series. So, I specialise in that now we bear definitely reach a prolonged means. There’s incessantly new ground to be received, but visibility appropriate now, you’ll sexy worthy hasten on a streamer or a routine TV and waste up. And I specialise in that is the most shimmering allotment about it.

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Jessica Betts and Niecy Nash wait on the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California.
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What model you specialise in that creators—no longer appropriate the opposite folks on the show mask mask, but furthermore the opposite folks writing, the opposite folks directing, the opposite folks producing—what model you specialise in they are able to model larger or model more of to be certain that visibility doesn’t appropriate put on show mask mask and impacts precise-existence? 

I specialise in the reward is [the] other folks in the lend a hand of the camera. I specialise in it’s other folks in the creator’s rooms,. I specialise in it’s selections by executives to be reflective of the teach world. Because it is a ways suggested to are living in a undeniable world, but that is the one you received. And we don’t discover out about one more lifetime because no one ever got right here lend a hand from the opposite aspect to repeat us, but in the event that they did… You learn about what I’m announcing? We don’t know because they haven’t, but I appropriate specialise in making projects that looks to be just like the teach world is where you’re going to draw end.

How model you specialise in that accountability spreads across Hollywood? Is it up to skill like you to decline certain roles? Is it opening the writers’ rooms to of us that may possibly no longer reach from legacy institutions? 

I in actual fact feel love it’s a shared community, and I in actual fact feel like whatever your stroll is in that community, we all play a allotment. Whether it’s you sharp any individual to specialise in in any other case in a creator’s room, or a network directive that says “We desire this diverse and inclusive in coloration, in gender, in existence option.” I specialise in we all play a allotment.

I know that for me, after I was filming Claws, we had a position of a girl who used to be getting her nails carried out and she had lines in it. And as the lead of the demonstrate, I talked about, “I know this used to be written for a girl, but I know a man who I specialise in would be wonderful in this allotment.” They gave him [Nicco Annan] the job and likewise you’ll potentially know him highest as Uncle Clifford from P-Valley. But I noticed it before that network noticed it. And talked about, “This guy has one thing. Swap this out and let him reach and appropriate be who he’s in this salon.” They cherished it so worthy, they invited him lend a hand. So, we can all play a allotment in the element.