*Gabrielle Dennis (“Rosewood,” “Insecure”) is a newcomer to season 2 of “Luke Cage,” streaming on Netflix, premiering on June 22. She plays ‘Tilda Johnson,’ a brilliant doctor with a complicated history in Harlem where, as much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her. In addition to being a gifted doctor, Tilda is the estranged daughter of Mariah (Alfre Woodard).
In an exclusive interview with EURweb.com, Dennis said, “Luke Cage” viewers need to “buckle up” because it’s going to be one hell of a ride. It’s been a long wait since Season 1, but the wait was worth it.”
Gabrielle, how has it been being a part of such a fantastic series? You must be over the moon?
Oh my goodness! I’m so excited. I’m really excited about being a part of this season, being this new character. I think people will enjoy going on this journey with my character and learning about her. I’m a big fan of the Marvel universe and then one day to just be like, a part of the magic is pretty cool.
What can we expect from Season 2?
I actually got to watch the series so I’m even more ecstatic. I just keep smiling everyday and keep talking about it because the season is so good, and it’s so juicy. People are going to enjoy all of the storylines. They will enjoy the family dynamics. The villains are amazing in this season, the location stays true to itself, and as always the social awareness is very much a part of it.
I was so happy to see the female wall of fame in the health clinic scenes (on Luke Cage) because Bessie Coleman was on it. Now that we have “Hidden Figures,” I’m waiting for a film on Bessie. Any thoughts on it?
That was one of my favorite moments. Just the regal history in itself of Harlem, how rich it is in black culture, history, music, and art is so awesome. And then you get the bulletproof hero.
Do you think “Luke Cage” breaking records added to the “Black Panther” momentum?
That momentum definitely started with this bulletproof black man at a time where black men are being gunned down and we’re in a position where we feel powerless. So when you have a character like Luke Cage step up and be so strong, so impenetrable and just kind of being this force, I think it had some kind of affect.
Chadwick (Boseman) is amazing in “Black Panther,” but my take away from it is that T’Challa was surrounded by strong black women. They were his soldiers…They were the real protectors. It was girl power to the 10th power.
The only thing that I didn’t like about Black Panthers is that Wakanda wasn’t real. I think everybody the next day was contacting a travel agent to figure out how to get a flight to Wakanda. And it’s that moment where you realize that it isn’t a place I can go escape.
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