Earlier this year we gave you the scoop on the web series, The Black Actress, created by and starring seasoned actress Andrea Lewis. The mockumentary style series follows the life of a black actress while she pursues her next big acting role. After two successful seasons, it’s no surprise that the series has been selected as a finalist in the American Black Film Festival 2015 “Web Original” category.
We spoke to Andrea back in April and she dished on how the idea for the Black Actress was born.
I was doing a film and I was the only black girl on the project and I mean that’s very normal for my life to be quite honest with you. So I wasn’t like weirded out or anything. But one of my castmates was introducing everybody to his manager and when he got to me he was like ‘this is Andrea and she’s the urban one’. It was the weirdest introduction…nobody knew what to do including myself (laughs out loud). Other than being black I don’t consider myself that urban because I don’t even know what than means (continues to laugh). It was in that moment that I was like ‘oh he’s actually seeing me, the person, the same way the script sees me’. It is as the “urban one” the “black girl” and not really as a person or as the same as him, an actor pursuing my dreams. He didn’t see me that way. So it was in that moment that I was like I have to make something that shows the experience of black women, black actresses specifically, to show that we are the same. Obviously, we don’t have the same amount of roles and we have some other challenges. I have to make sure my makeup is right, I gotta do my own hair most times…those types of things, yes. But the pursuit of my dreams, my insecurities, my friends, my relationships, those things are all universal. So I knew I wanted to make something that touched on all of that.
On Friday, June 12 at 9:25pm EST, the American Black Film Festival will screen three episodes from Black Actress at the AMC Empire 25 theatre in New York City. Tickets to the screening can be purchased here. Show your support for the Black Actress at the American Black Film Festival by spreading the word on social media using hashtag #abff2015 and tweeting Andrea Lewis (@missandrealewis) and the American Black Film Festival (@abff).
Andrea and her Jungle Wild Productions team have worked tirelessly to shed light on the plight of the black actress in Hollywood. It’s truly inspiring to have had a front row seat to their hard work and passion coming full circle. Congratulations and best wishes on bringing home the award!