I love me some Tasha Smith and she is a very nice person if you ever stopped to say hi to her. This diva and the handsome Michael Jai White share this weeks cover of Rolling Out Magazine. Tyler Perry has a new sitcom for Better or Worse that will debut this Thanksgiving on TBS! Its a spin off from the hit movie Why Did I Get Married? This sitcom looks like it will be hilarious and I cant wait to see what Tasha wears!
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
What do you hope people will be able to see now that the characters you’ve made famous on the big screen have been fleshed out in a sitcom setting?
Michael: That’s the thing, people are going to be able to see the quieter moments between Marcus and Angela. Something that we always wanted to show, to show why we’re in this [marriage].
Tasha: I agree exactly with what Mike says. We’ve always wanted people to see why these people are so committed to one another. And the root of that is their love for each other. And we still believe that, through this show, we’re going to be able to go out of the four corners of the script that people saw in Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too? and see more of their life and more of their love and more of their communication. And hopefully, some of the qualities that Michael and I naturally have for toward another, we’ll be able to reveal more of that through the relationship between Angela and Marcus. They are very much in love; they’ve just had circumstances that create drama and trauma in their relationship.
In fact, who are your favorite TV couples from your childhood?
Michael: I didn’t use any for inspiration, but I do have my favorite couples. Tasha is one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met in my life. She’s inspiration enough. So [Marcus’ and Angela’s] dynamic as a couple is their dynamic. You can’t really borrow from that because it wouldn’t be organic. However, there are things that can be influenced. I have not seen a couple quite like Marcus and Angela. I’m excited to do something that I haven’t seen before that I think is very much in the modern world and [[chuckles] very much closer to what people are living right now. But my favorite TV couple is Edith and Archie Bunker. Because they were such individuals that I can’t imagine anyone else playing them. And I think that Archie was one of the greatest characters ever on television. Even with his flaws, you loved him.
Tasha: I like George and Weezie [from “The Jeffersons”]. If I looked at George and Weezie, my character would be George and Michael would be Weezie.
But if I had to use a reference — I don’t see anyone on TV like them — different couples, you could say that Marcus and Angela are a cross between “Mad About You” “Married with Children” and the love of “The Cosby Show” that you may not have seen a lot of on the big screen. But [Marcus and Angela] do have that love, that sensibility, that passion to raise their children right and love them.
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