Amber Stevens West opens as much as HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY about embracing her new function as Whitney on ‘Run The World,’ why this present isn’t the brand new ‘Intercourse and the Metropolis,’ and extra.
The highly-anticipated new collection Run The World premieres Could 16 on STARZ. The present follows 4 Black ladies, who’re greatest mates, as they work, reside, and play in Harlem. They expertise all of the highs and lows of life collectively. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Amber Stevens West about why Run The World is “actually reflective of the tradition proper now” and isn’t only a Intercourse and the Metropolis 2.0.
“Intercourse and the Metropolis was additionally 4 ladies in New York and a comedy,” Amber mentioned. “Similar with Ladies… 4 ladies, New York, a comedy. However particularly, Intercourse within the Metropolis was about relationship. It was about the best way to get a person and the best way to maintain a person and the best way to be in a relationship and who we have to be so as to match into that world to make ourselves fascinating by someone. That had its second, and it was nice for them. However our present isn’t about that basically in any respect. Our present is about residing. It’s not about relationship. We’re already ladies who’re established of their careers and of their friendships and who they’re for essentially the most half as individuals as a result of they’re of their age group. However they’re additionally flawed people who find themselves making errors. It’s actually simply extra in regards to the help of your mates and exhibiting up for each other and rising collectively and being the very best model of your self and your mates anticipating that out of you. After which it’s additionally in regards to the tradition of the people who find themselves in Harlem. That’s additionally only a massive a part of what makes the present stand out from different New York-based comedies.”
Amber stars as Whitney in Run The World. The actress described her character as a “type-A persona, all the time does every thing by the e book, is a really formidable girl, however by following all the foundations. She has checklists, and he or she likes to get issues completed.” Nonetheless, Amber famous that Whitney is “now realizing that perhaps she’s missed out on some enjoyable in her life as a result of she’s lacked that spontaneity and risk-taking. She’s very a lot at a crossroads. She’s leaning laborious on her girlfriends to inform her what to do together with her life as a result of she’s not sure of her personal life selections proper now.”
For Amber, Run The World is a “little little bit of a shift” for her in comparison with her earlier roles. “I’m so used to doing light-hearted, a variety of the multi-cam sort of world,” she defined. “This was going to be for a extra mature viewers, and that was going to be a problem for me. I didn’t know if I used to be completely prepared for the shift, however I’m like, I’m in my 30s, so let’s develop up and check out one thing completely different. The premise of the present is so vital proper now. Persons are searching for this. That is what we’d like. We have to see Black ladies on the forefront of those storylines. We additionally simply want to indicate Black ladies of their true selves, that we aren’t a monolith. We’re various and colourful and thriving and residing our greatest lives. We aren’t the exception. We’re the rule. Individuals want that, so I’m like, let me be part of telling that story.”
Amber stars alongside Corbin Reid, Andrea Bordeaux, and Bresha Webb. The chemistry between these 4 actresses is electrifying, and Amber admitted that “there was a variety of work that went into discovering the 4 of us and placing us collectively and actually discovering the authenticity in our chemistry. Now we have a variety of enjoyable collectively. We help each other. We’re all actually completely different from one another, however we nonetheless are there to lean on. And that’s precisely what the present is about, too. I imply, these 4 characters within the present are all so completely different from one another. And but, they’re nonetheless greatest mates and present up for one another.”
Run The World has a feminine presence in entrance of the digital camera and behind it as effectively. The present was created, written, and govt produced by Leigh Davenport, with Yvette Lee Bowser serving as an govt producer as effectively. “If you wish to inform an genuine story, you want it to be informed by the individuals who expertise and reside that life,” Amber informed HollywoodLife. “It is a present about ladies. It ought to be informed by ladies. It is a present about Black ladies. It ought to be informed by Black ladies. Each in entrance and behind the digital camera we’re totally represented, and that offers this present extra authenticity than I feel if we had it every other method.”