DeWanda Wise fiddles around her kitchen preparing morning coffee as her beloved cat, Rascal, sits on the counter purring. For the actress, it’s a rare day off from her latest role as the beloved Black feminist icon Nola Darling in Spike Lee’s much-anticipated first Netflix original series, She’s Gotta Have It. It’s the small-screen version of his debut film, which became a cult hit.

In month four of the intense shoot schedule for the show, Wise, who also stars in Fox’s new drama Shots Fired (premiering March 22), obviously cannot be certain how her biggest project to date will turn out. She just knows it will be good. “It’s Spike Lee,” says the Baltimore native. “I don’t know that I’ve been a part of a show where people are like, “I can’t wait to see what it’s going to look like” and I’m like, “Me neither!””

This feature originally appeared in the March 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.

In between fielding phone calls from her reps in Hollywood and her husband of eight years, actor Alano Miller (who plays Cato on WGN America’s Underground), Wise gives us a peek into the world of a media darling in the making.

Astrological sign: Gemini

Projects: Shots Fired, Underground and She’s Gotta Have It


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