If you’re not familiar with Keesha Sharp, you should be. Simple as that. You may have seen her incredible roles in Law and Order: SVU, The Game, Melissa and Joey, Elementary, …if you wanna see the full list check out her website keeshasharp.com! Last week I had the honor of talking with her about her appearances on The Tracy Morgan Show, Everybody Hates Chris, Are We There Yet, & more.
PG: You’ve appeared on the Tracy Morgan Show quite a few times in 2004. How did you react to his accident in 2014?
K: I did work with Tracy and I had an incredible time on set with him. When I heard of his accident I was shocked and of course concerned for him and his family. I was so happy to hear he had survived. I was of course sadden about death of Uncle Jimmy Mack.
PG: You played the mother of “Keisha” and one of “Rochelle’s” best friends on the popular show “Everybody Hates Chris”. What was it like acting with such a comedic group of people? And did you get the chance to meet Chris Rock?
K: I had an absolute blast on “Everybody Hates Chris!” It was such a great cast and we had so much fun working together. I knew Chris before working on the show. And I just adore him! Working on this show was what opened the door for me to play one of my favorite characters, “Gigi” on “Are We there Yet?” Ali Leroi who was one of the Creators on Everybody Hates Chris was the Creator for the show “Are we There Yet?” He thought that I would be perfect for Gigi and the rest is history. Love him!
PG: You were a regular character named “Gigi” on TBS’s “Are We There Yet” starring Terry Crews, Ice Cube, & Teala Dunn. Gigi was the life of all the hottest parties & always ready for a good time, did you relate with such an outgoing character?
K: Loved this show! I can honestly say, it was one of the best professional experiences I have had. I felt so creatively free and respected. That is a rare thing is this business. I also was given the opportunity to Direct!! As to being like “Gigi?” I have some similarities but as far as partying, I would rather be home looking at a great movie and learning from it:)
PG: In 2005 you acted as a rape victim in the short film “What If In This Life”. As a strong supporter of ending sexual violence I have to ask, do you have any advice for anyone who’s gone through such a terrible life changing experience?
K: You are not to blame!! You will overcome! And you will be whole again!! Don’t allow it to define you.
PG: Tyler Perry is one of the most talented human beings on this earth. Can you describe your experience getting to work on his film “Why Did I Get Married”?
K: Mr. Tyler Perry is one of the hardest working men in the business!! To watch him work is truly incredible. He does so much. He believed in himself and he made it! With his faith, he knew he could do it!
Check out Keesha Sharp in her new series “American Crime Story” which premieres February 2nd on FX starring John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Sarah Paulson.