*Starz “Blindspotting” series has big shoes to fill following the beloved 2018 film with the same title; the new hot angle on this follow-up sequel is keeping us on the edge of our seats!
The show picks up roughly six months after the story line in the movie – where the relationship between Colin (Daveed Diggs) and Miles (Rafael Casal) was highlighted – the series flips the camera to focus on the women standing beside these men; Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones), Trish (Jaylen Barron), Janelle (Candace Nicholas-Lippman), and Rainey (Helen Hunt). The series eloquently touches on social topics like gentrification, police brutality, colorist, and most notably the need for criminal-justice reform in a way that brings laughs, tears, and joy.
EUR correspondent Tifarah Dixon talked with Jones, about her characters alter-egos, spoken-word verses, and filming during COVID-19 restrictions.
Watch the full interview here!
TD: The chemistry between your cast is amazing! It looks like you’ve known each other your whole lives – was the chemistry hard to maintain during the pandemic?
JCJ: It was a huge challenge and bummer. We have some incredibly talented people on the show and all we wanted to do was hang out together and get to know each other. We were so strict on set, during rehearsals and taping scenes – we had masks and shields on. We had to act like we knew each other for years. We magically made it work. The writing is amazing!
TD: We’ve seen Ashley go through all of the emotions over the course of this season…As an actress and artist, is it easier to convey emotional moments through the dialogue or the spoken-word verses?
JCJ: Definitely the dialogue. The dialogue is easy because it’s something you see all the time. The verses pushed me as an artist one hundred percent and completely challenged me in a way I’ve never experienced before. There’s a monologue, plus rapping, and verses…it’s like, how do I make it work seamlessly and have people understand where she’s coming from. I had Casal and Diggs on my shoulders supporting me throughout this entire process and it’s one of my favorite things Ashley does in the show.
All episodes of “Blindspotting” are currently available on Starz. For more details visit @blindspottingTV on Twitter or @blindspottingstarz on Instagram.