DeWanda Wise Talks Sisterhood, Soulmates And Netflix's 'Someone Great'
The landscape of cinema has been changing slowly but surely. With more women and people of color behind the camera, genres are stretching and shifting. Different types of stories are finally being showcased to the masses. With her directorial debut, Someone Great, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson shatters the generic tropes of romantic comedies. Instead of turning her lens on a romantic relationship, Robinson puts the bonds and commitments that women have amongst their friends at the forefront.
Someone Great follows Jenny (Gina Rodriguez)— a New York-based music journalist who has been offered a career-making position in San Francisco. Instead of making the move with her, her long-term boyfriend Nate (Lakeith Stanfield) ends the relationship. Grappling with heartbreak and her impending relocation, Jenny leans on the women who’ve had her back from the beginning. There's Blair (Brittany Snow), a Type A marketing executive and Erin (DeWanda Wise), a carefree top-selling real estate agent with commitment issues of her own.
Ahead of Someone Great’s debut on Netflix, Shadow And Act sat down to chat with Wise about friendships, looking back at our twenties, and the new landscape of cinema.
"I’ve never seen this," the She’s Gotta Have It actress explained. "It's kind of remarkable when you're like, 'Oh, wow. This seems like it should be more plentiful.' Or, 'I should have seen more of this.' But hey, I'm happy to be slightly ahead of the curve. Someone Great was one of those scripts that I read where I was like, 'Oh, this is so true. This looks and feels how my life was or is.”
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