Thursday, May 19, 2016

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: AMBER STEVENS WEST On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!

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LOS ANGELES-native/BEVERLY HILLS HIGH SCHOOL Graduate actress/Comedian AMBER STEVENS WEST portrays the character MAXINE on NBC sitcom, The CARMFCHAEL SHOW, and she covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

Why did you try out for the role? How did you hear about it?
Actually, Jerrod [Carmichael] had a deal at NBC. They made a pilot a year before “The Carmichael Show” and it was a different incarnation of what the show is now. I auditioned for it back then and I was trying really hard to get it. Jerrod and I have a really good vibe. His stand-up is really smart and I figured he’d make a really awesome sitcom.
What is your favorite episode to date?
I have so much fun on every single one; they all tickle me in a different way. There are certain scenes that stand out more than others to me. Really, as a whole, I am very proud of all the episodes. It was the funeral episode where Joe’s [character played by David Alan Grier] father dies. I was so moved by that. When Marla [Gibbs] came to play his mom, it was just shocking. We couldn’t believe she was there. She was so funny and so good. The scene they did together, during rehearsal, had every single cast and crewmember with tears in their eyes. It was so moving and special. I will never forget that moment, especially to have something like that in a sitcom. These are characters we haven’t known for long. For them to have such a real, honest and open moment like that in a sitcom is so unique and special. I am proud to have that moment in the show — even though I wasn’t even in it.
How is it on set working with your cast mates?
Oh, it’s exactly what you’d think — super fun, silly and professional. It’s amazing. Jerrod is such a great leader. He’s the youngest of the entire cast. He sets a great precedent. He comes into work really focused but excited, collaborative and very positive every day. It sets the tone for everyone else. David and Loretta [Devine] are the most professional actors I think I have ever worked with — they’re always on time, always know their lines, mess around when it’s OK to mess around but are very serious when they need to be.
Everything runs smoothly and efficiently at our job. We all really like each other and have a lot of fun. We’re always singing. Every single one of us on the cast can sing. There [are] many times where we stop during the middle of the day and everyone is singing Dreamgirls’ songs or the latest from Adele. Loretta jokes at least once a week about doing a musical episode.
[David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine’s friendship spans 25 years. He starred as James “Thunder” Early and she originated the role of Lorrell Robinson, a fictional character based on Mary Wilson in the hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls].
You married actor Andrew J. West (“The Walking Dead”) in 2014. How did you and your husband meet?
We met on the set of “Greek.” We fell in love. We realized quickly we were made to spend our lives together.
How did you spend your honeymoon?
We went to the Dominican Republic. We explored the island and had a great time. It was beautiful. They were some of the nicest people we’ve ever met in our entire life. We’ve traveled a lot of places and people had never treated us so wonderfully. We had an amazing trip.
Any big travel plans for your second anniversary?
For our anniversary we’d like to organize a trip to Paris. I’ve been there before but we haven’t been there together. It’s the most romantic city in the world. We’re trying to find time so we can go there next. But there is a very long list of places that we’d like to visit and see.
When it comes to marriage and relationship advice, to whom do you turn?
My parents, certainly. … They’ve been married for 30 years. They’ve never been more in love. I have such a great example of what marriage is right in front of me. If I ever have doubts, fears or questions, they are the first people to talk to. And, a couple of our best friends are married; they’re a really strong, solid couple. Supportive people surround us.

-CCG

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