1. Currently you are playing the role of Sticks on the series, The Porter, which will premiere on February 21st on CBC and BET+ in the spring. Was it hard to make the transition into this character?
Not really, actually, it was fun and educational. I got to research the truth and history about Canada that I wasn’t taught in school or talked about in the media, which made the transition a lot easier because I had historical facts that helped me shape my character's personality and world. On top of that, I really enjoy historical pieces so the thrill of being attached to and a part of this project helped and it made the transition better.
2. What was your favorite part of playing Sticks?
I have narrowed it down to two. One is the clothes Sticks wears, seeing as how he’s from Harlem, New York, he takes pride in his clothing selections. Also, his 'whatever it takes' attitude is a strong aspect of his character as well. He’s always thinking, trying to stay one step ahead of everybody.
3. What can fans/viewers expect from you in 2022?
More projects are being released this year. There is Reacher on Amazon Prime (starring Alan Ritchson), Firestarter (starring Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong) coming this spring/summer, Children Ruin Everything (starring Meaghan Rath, Aaron Abrams), and I am also making an appearance on Mayday: Air Crash Investigation.
4. If you weren't acting, what would you be up to right now?
This is a good question, first I’d be miserable without a doubt. Second, I think I would still be putting my BSc degree to use and working in the chemistry field.
5. What would be a good theme song for your life?
Love Yourz – J.Cole.
6. You have already been able to work with some impressive names so far in your career. Is there anyone you would love to work with someday?
I would love to work with everybody if I could, but if I had to narrow it down; Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bryan Cranston, Damson Idris, Idris Alba, Jim Carey, and Will Smith.
7. What is the acting process for you, how do you feel minutes prior to getting in front of the camera?
It’s a feeling that is forever changing. I’m always prepared and open to receiving anything that happens once 'action' is called. I like to start off by reading the episode so I have a clear understanding and direction the story is heading in. Then I research and create a personality for my character (what they like/don’t like, how they may act in certain situations, etc.) I’ve got to know my lines inside and out, and I make sure I’m familiar with my scene setting which gives me a lot more freedom to do or be authentic in my surroundings. There are moments where I would get nervous leading up to when 'action' is called but I somehow harness it and use it in my scene because I trust the background work that I have done.
8. If you had the chance to put something on billboards worldwide next week, what would it be?
I would promote The Porter, must watch TV!
Amber S. Hawkins is a Lifestyle & Entertainment blogger hailing from Bronx, NY. A few of her goals are to learn to play at least one instrument and have a cozy home away from city life. Stay connected with Amber on Instagram @Ambbamm__