Paige Hurd is becoming a member of the ‘Energy’ universe as Lauren in ‘Energy Guide II: Ghost.’ She spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about Lauren and Tariq’s dynamic, Lauren’s backstory, and people Ghost theories.
The highly-anticipated Energy spinoff, Energy Guide II: Ghost, will introduce us to new characters who cross paths with these we all know and love. A type of new characters is Lauren Baldwin, performed by Paige Hurd. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Paige about enjoying a personality within the Energy universe whereas additionally being a serious Energy fan herself.
Paige teased what we will anticipate from Lauren on this first season, which premieres Sept. 6. Lauren may be very devoted to her research at Stansfield College, and it’s there she meets Tariq. Whereas Paige thinks Lauren ought to keep distant from Tariq, the characters will find yourself changing into “good mates” as they research collectively. Paige additionally mentioned assembly Mary. J Blige and the way the spinoff compares to the unique collection.
How did this function fall into your lap?
Paige Hurd: Truthfully, it was a extremely surreal means that it occurred. Energy is considered one of my favourite reveals. I’ve two favourite reveals that I watch — This Is Us and Energy. I truly simply completed filming The Oval for BET, and we had been headed out to go to Tyler Perry’s huge grand opening. The function took place. We noticed it on the breakdowns. I used to be tremendous excited. I don’t know what had occurred or what they had been initially initially searching for, however they had been saying you’re not proper for that function. They type of simply left it, however I used to be like, “I must [go for it]. It’s my favourite present. I simply must even when I’m not proper for it.” So on the final minute, they got here to me stated, “Okay, she will be able to ship a self-tape in.” I’m actually on the brink of go to the airport the following day. I put myself on tape, and I’ll always remember strolling out and being like, “That was the worst tape, like, ever. I don’t even understand how you simply butchered it like that.” The subsequent factor I’m getting a cellphone name saying, “Hey, the function’s yours if you need it.” I believed they had been mendacity. It was loopy.
What are you able to say about Lauren and her journey on this present?
Paige Hurd: She’s very good. She’s actually into her research. She’s in canonical research and meets Tariq on campus. For her, she’s all about faculty. No matter comes her means she offers with it when it comes, however she’s simply actually targeted on faculty after which she will get slightly sidetracked. That’s actually all I may give as a result of then I feel I’d be freely giving an excessive amount of of my story, however she’s good, she’s variety, and he or she cares about these round her.
Is there something you may say about Lauren and Tariq? Do they turn into immediate mates?
Paige Hurd: I’d say after they do meet they turn into good mates. She’s actually involved about having extra African American college students within the classroom for his or her explicit research that they’re taking. It’s undoubtedly not a mentorship as a result of we’re friends. However it’s a type of sorts of issues the place she actually simply gravitates, and he or she’s excited to see one other child of her race that she will be able to get into the research and see what can go from there. I’d say that they’ve a fairly immediate little friendship happening.
Mary J. Blige is on this present, and he or she’s an icon. Have you ever each met and can your characters cross paths?
Paige Hurd: We met briefly at our desk reads. We don’t work collectively. Our worlds don’t collide or cross paths as of now, however we have now been capable of meet at desk reads. It’s bizarre as a result of previous to this after I advised you I used to be headed to the grand opening, life is simply loopy. She was performing on the grand opening. After which three days later, we’re sitting at this desk collectively. She had no thought, clearly. I knew I had the job, however I couldn’t say something but to anyone. I used to be watching her carry out, and I already knew she’s on the present. She’s like household with a few of my household. We’ve type of crossed paths in bizarre methods however by no means met earlier than.
How would you say that this spinoff compares to the unique collection?
Paige Hurd: It undoubtedly has numerous comparisons with the storyline of the sunshine and the darkish and seeing each worlds in having to determine sure issues. However it’s tremendous completely different. We’re going younger. Now we have now just about Energy beginning over to the place you’re assembly these new individuals, after which it’s as much as you to resolve like who you fall in love with, who you don’t, which staff are you on, who you’re in opposition to. So in that means, it’s very related, however we’re all younger so that you get to see only a youthful facet of every little thing,
Clearly, everyone knows that Tariq killed Ghost. As Paige, would you advocate Lauren be mates with him? Or would you inform her to remain away?
Paige Hurd: I’d say she ought to keep away, and he or she ought to preserve her distance. As a result of all of us see how this works. In the event you discover out one thing by chance, or something occurs, you’re out of there. So I feel she ought to preserve her distance.
Lauren is a brand new character. Will the present dig slightly bit into her backstory?
Paige Hurd: You undoubtedly get to see slightly little bit of that. I feel because the season’s progressing, you’re capable of get to know her some extra, however this season you may undoubtedly discover out why she is the way in which she is. You’ll be able to type of faucet into her household story slightly bit and why she is simply so keen about her education and making it additional in life. She undoubtedly shares these issues.
Energy has turn into some of the well-liked reveals on TV. As a younger Black actress, how does it really feel to be part of this groundbreaking world and to be elevating Black tales?
Paige Hurd: I’m honored. I really feel blessed and grateful. I’m tremendous grateful to Courtney [A. Kemp] for giving me this chance among the many remainder of my castmates, who’re younger Black actors. There are at all times occasions the place you are feeling like you may’t actually play a lead function or you must be a good friend. They simply offer you what they may give you to have you ever, however to be on a present that’s majority Black and all people has a narrative and is a fundamental character, that’s tremendous dope. That may have been why I actually loved Energy within the first place for these alternatives that she has been giving. I like studying her interviews about how necessary it’s to her to present us these alternatives. I simply really feel actually grateful, and I really feel actually blessed to have her as a showrunner. I actually get pleasure from working along with her. I simply can’t say sufficient how grateful I’m.
The Energy fandom may be very passionate. There have been theories going round that Ghost isn’t actually lifeless. How do you are feeling about these theories?
Paige Hurd: I feel that’s hilarious. I simply noticed anyone remark, and I don’t know who this particular person is however I used to be studying by way of feedback and anyone stated, “If it’s a closed casket, Ghost ain’t gone.” It was so humorous to me. I used to be cracking up. As a Energy fan, and I’m not talking from an actor’s standpoint, I’d need to consider it too. Even when your Crew Tommy and never Crew Ghost, it’s nonetheless Ghost, what I imply? I’d undoubtedly most likely really feel the identical means, and also you by no means know with this present as a result of it’s so wild and off the wall generally you simply don’t know what may occur.