Friday, July 1, 2022

Big Sean: Rapper to Make Acting Debut in Lena Waithe’s BET Comedy ‘Twenties’

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*Lena Waithe is set to helm a new BET comedy titled “Twenties,” and she has tapped Big Sean for his acting debut.

The Emmy-winning writer, director and producer shared with Variety that she first spoke with the rapper about him joining the show after he gave her a shout out during a concert. She responded by hitting him up on social media and they eventually met to discuss the role.

“I love Lena because of her spirit and determination to win,” Sean said. “She has an unstoppable hunger and in this industry, that’s what you need. It’s one of the qualities I see in myself. She’s amazing for giving me my first chance to act and not playing myself, but actually playing a character. It’s something I take seriously.”

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“Big Sean is a star. I was really flattered, he mentioned me [at one of his concerts]. I don’t think he knew this, but I’ve been a fan of his for a really long time,” Waithe said. “Always loved his music, always loved his craft. I messaged him and he was, like, ‘Yo, we should link up at some point.’ He’s from Detroit, I’m from Chicago—we’re not Hollywood.”

During their meeting, Waithe discussed the role she had in mind for the hip-hop star. 

“There was a character, Tristan, we had written that made me think of him,” she added. “I didn’t even make him read for it, I knew he’d be right. He’s in about three episodes and he’s phenomenal. He’s so natural. He’s so good. He’s easy on the eyes, as we all know. The ladies are going to get a kick out of watching him on screen.”

“Twenties” also stars “JoJo” T. Gibbs, Christina Elmore, Gabrielle Graham, and Sophina Brown.

Up next for Waithe is her highly-anticipated film “Queen & Slim,” directed by frequent Beyonce music video collaborator Melina Matsoukas. The film has been described as a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. 

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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