2018 continues to be a busy year for our She’s Gotta Have It star DeWanda Wise. Just last week, Netflix green-lit a second season for the Spike Lee series reboot and she just landed her first major movie role in Marvel’s Captain Marvel film.
In the midst of her crazy schedule, she continues to raise the bar on her glow-up, serving up crush-worthy hair and beauty moments. Here, we chat with the breakout star about working with Spike, the hair care brand she swears by and her relationship with wigs.
Hype Hair: Your character Nola, on the Spike Lee series She’s Gotta Have It, is one that many people can identify with on a number of levels. What do you hope viewers’ take away from this series—and your role in particular?
DeWanda Wise: I try not to police what people take away, honestly. I believe we watch things at specific moments in our lives—and they resonate in myriad ways, depending on what’s going on personally and in the world at large. I can say that I was heavily impacted by Nola’s transparency, and it inspired me to be more forthright with my own communication.
HH: What was it like to work with Spike Lee and the She’s Gotta Have It cast?
DW: I had the time of my life! Spike is such an artist, and there were plenty of days when we went off-script with added scenes. It was such an adventure. And as for the cast—both the fellas and all the women were an absolute dream. Lyriq, Cleo and Anthony were impeccably cast by Kim Coleman, and I’ve been a fan of Chyna Layne since we met on Precious. And I loved Margot on Boardwalk Empire. I couldn’t have asked for a better working environment.
HH: Can you share a few memorable behind-the-scenes moments?
DW: My favorite thing about Spike is that he sets you up for success. For an actor, that means having as few things to “fake” as possible. All that is to say, anytime you see a party scene on the show…it’s because Spike just threw a party that day and we filmed it.
HH: You are such an accomplished actress. We saw you in Shots Fired and you really bring something special to the table. Can you reflect on some of your experiences working on that show?
DW: Thank you! I appreciate that. It’s been a pretty surreal past two years, and Shots Fired was my first regular role on a series, so it holds a special place in history for me. I remember reading Gina Prince-Bythewood’s pilot script and thinking, “Wow. We’re really going to talk about police brutality on prime-time tv.” It’s not often that art and personal politics overlap, and Shots Fired was able to do just that. For my character Shameeka’s story, we shot on location outside Charlotte, NC, and I felt really taken care of by the community. It’s still one of my favorite filming locations.