10 Things with Jillian Reeves
You’re originally from South Carolina. Why did you choose acting as your career path?
I went locally at the University of South Carolina. I took an acting class during my second semester, because I ended up on academic probation after my first semester of my freshman year, and I thought it would be an easy A. While in that class, my acting professor told me “I had something” and put me in my first play. I’d say, that’s when I first caught the acting bug. I went on to grad school in Chicago for acting and I continued to book work. Looking back, I’m not sure if I chose acting, I think it chose me.
Which actors body of work have had the most positive impact on your own career thus far?
I love Danny Glover. He came to my school when I was in college, and he was extremely encouraging and inspiring. His work has always been excellent and he’s also had integrity in life and in art. He combines artistry and activism, in a way I respect and admire.
What was your first big role and how did you react when you finally landed it?
I actually booked the lead in the BET movie, Let’s Talk, within a couple of months from moving to Los Angeles. I was excited because I was still new to LA. I’m not sure I realized what a great opportunity it was until we started production. It was a wonderful way to begin my LA journey.
You’ve been casted in Media on TV One. How were you first introduced to the project?
I previously worked with the director Craig Ross, Jr. a few months before this project, on a pilot. Casting brought me in, I auditioned and the rest is history.
What was it about the script that made you want to jump on board and be a part of this project?
I was really intrigued that it was the brainchild of Cathy Hughes, who founded RadioOne and TVOne. She’s an icon in the African-American community and I was excited to work with anything she was a part of. Also, Giselle was such a different character than I’ve played in the past. I was excited to be able to experiment with the extremes of emotion, pain and desperation she felt.
As mentioned, you play the role of Giselle Marks. What are the many sides of Giselle and what do you enjoy about bringing this character to life?
I love that she is vulnerable, yet strong. Many times, we feel that we must be one or the other. She sacrifices way too much of herself for the people and company that she’s passionae about. But, I love that at the end of the day, she is a survivor.
What can viewers expect to see from Giselle and the other characters on Media?
With Giselle, you can expect drama, fireworks and heart! Haha! With the characters, you can expect a bit of everything, including, drama, humor, betrayal, intrigue… you won’t want to miss the series!
If you weren’t building your career as an actress, what kind of career would you have now?
Wow, that’s a great question. I have so many different interests and skills. I’ve written and produced before, I also used to work in Corporate America. I’m guessing if I weren’t acting, I’d have climbed pretty far up the corporate ladder by now.
When it comes to fashion, who are some of your favorite designers and what style of clothes appeal to you the most?
I enjoy being a girl, so I love clothes that celebrate that. Whether fun and flirty, sexy or sophisticated I love clothes that celebrate womanhood and real women curves 🙂
We look forward to seeing you on Media. What other projects do you have coming up?
Up next is a project called Raptors, written by Kevin Brooks and executive produced by Martin Lawrence. We start shooting late March/early April 2017. It’s also pilot season in LA, so we’ll see what else comes up!
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