NAFESSA WILLIAMS portrays ANISSA PIERCE/ THUNDER on CW network superhero series BLACK LIGHTNING, and, she covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!
Here are a few interview interludes:
I remember being about 6 years old and wanting to be Rudy Huxtable. “The Cosby Show” was such a huge inspiration for me. I was just a kid who fell in love with TV and film. I would write my own TV guide in my homework books so I wouldn’t forget to watch my favorite TV shows. I was also inspired by Lisa Turtle on “Saved By The Bell” as well as Ashley Banks on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” I was inspired by the Brown girls on TV who looked like me. I would say, “Hmmm, if they can do it, so can I.”
Before moving to LA, I was expecting and looking forward to the no’s, as I know it’s a realistic part of the process. I understood that after so many no’s a yes — written uniquely for me — would eventually happen. I celebrated the no’s as well as yesses. It wasn’t always easy. There were some days I was ready to walk away from it all, but I stayed focused and very consistent along my journey.
My role is very impactful in the LGBTQ community, which has led me to be an advocate. Young lesbians, young Black lesbians, in particular, have reached out to me saying how “Thunder” makes them feel normal and how inspired they are by the character. I believe our duty in life is to empower and inspire and I can honestly say I’m walking in my purpose with this role.
You know, honestly, I believe what’s for you is for you. When you fully understand that concept, there’s no need to compete or create friction. I like to surround myself with other actors who share that similar mindset. It does feel like a family; we support each other and celebrate each other’s success. Female empowerment is the new wave.