Sunday, August 11, 2013
I first took note of Yaya in my post on the movie The Kids Are All Right (2010). And although she'd been in Take the Lead with Alfre Woodard prior to that, and has worked steadily in TV, film and stage since, with formidable players like - Leslie Uggams, Vanessa Williams and Rubin Santiago Hudson, it wasn't until 2 weeks ago that she came to my notice again - that being Neil Drumming's Big Words, starring opposite Dorian Missick, who was at The BlackStar Film Festival (Aug 1-4) promoting another film; when I brought up Yaya's name to him, his face lit up, saying they go back a good decade as friends.
T & T: The first time I saw you on screen was in The Kids Are All Right with Mark Ruffalo. I specifically made mention of you in my review and said I'd hope to see you in bigger parts. How did that role come about? Surely it wasn't written for a female of color?
T&T: With the success of Scandal (Kerry Washington) and the lesser success, but still opportunity for Meagan Good with Deception. Octavia Spencer winning an Oscar, it looks like the tide is finally turning for the black female actress, how does it feel from being on the inside?
T & T: Tinsel & Tine covers film & food, and I have a big crush on David Owyelowo, I'm sure the two of you musta broke bread a few times during filming. What are his favorite foods?
YA: I have no idea. I mean, we did (break bread), but I wasn't paying attention. Sorry! Oh..well, we had dinner at his house one time -- what did he make? He and his wife -- I forget who cooked. What did we have? You know, some beans and rice and chicken ... string beans -- I don't know. It was so about the conversation.
HERE for post.
As Mr. Drumming’s whip-smart screenplay effects an uncomfortable group reunion, the film’s playlike structure and relaxed rhythms perfectly frame conversations infused with pre-gentrification memories and music industry nostalgia. Throughout, his droll, insightful dialogue has a natural pop and sway that the actors clearly relish — especially Yaya Alafia, magnificent as a coolly self-possessed dancer who sees right through John’s smoke screen of apathy. READ MORE Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times
Here's a Q & A video (10:16) with writer/director Neil Drumming:
On a side note: and then I promise to finally end this long, but wonderful post - I once read that when you feel overwhelmed, that's a sign that you are not looking for the resources that the Universe is always looking to provide. Never were these words truer than this week when a friend volunteered to transcribe the audio file for Yaya's interview for me. Thanks again Diane!
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