‘Sistas’ Chido Nwokocha On Filming Season 2 Amid Pandemic
Written by BET on October 9, 2020
Sistas follows a bunch of fiery single Black girls as they attempt to steer their approach by way of their friendships, romantic relationships, situationships, and careers. And whereas the present primarily focuses on Andrea “Andi” Barnes (KJ Smith), Daniella “Danni” King (Mignon Von), Karen Mott (Ebony Obsidian) and Sabrina Hollins (Novi Brown), the lads in Sistas even have a approach of holding their very own.
Chido Nwokocha (who performs Gary Marshall Borders) stars on the present as a married man having an affair with Andi. Ending season one with a lot lower than what he began, the good-looking Fortune 500 CEO discovered himself in deep trouble. Some followers would possibly marvel if Gary realized his lesson however based on Nwokocha, “Gary remains to be Gary,” and nonetheless has some rising to do.
“If you develop, you need to enable the individual to develop,” Nwokocha tells BET.com. “He nonetheless [has] to navigate these traits that you simply noticed he had in season one. It’s not like an in a single day success.”
As followers gear up for the gripping two-hour back-to-back episode premiere of Sistas on Oct. 14, BET.com sat down with Chido Nwokocha to study extra about what followers would possibly see within the new season, what received him hooked on this juicy position and what it was like taking pictures with such strict coronavirus tips.
This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.
BET.com: What about Gary and the Sistas script offered you when it got here to committing to the position?
Chido Nwokocha: He simply had quite a bit happening that I might play with versus simply him being a daily businessman. I feel that the truth that he had a state of affairs and was craving for one more state of affairs and never going about it the proper approach we’re nonetheless managing his emotion after which there [are] features of shedding management. The state of affairs was a whole lot of enjoyable [and] I felt like it will be enjoyable to dive into a number of seasons. You type of simply watch this man unfold and something that permits you to simply type of take a rollercoaster journey is a whole lot of enjoyable as an actor since you get an opportunity to actually simply play.
BET.com: Are you able to speak about taking pictures throughout the pandemic in July? How was that distinctive expertise?
Chido Nwokocha: It was very distinctive. But it surely labored. We had been quarantined and it felt like a summer season or soccer camp for me. I felt very protected on the studio; the security protocols that Mr. Perry put in place for everybody allowed us to come back in feeling good and do our jobs. I principally awoke every day, labored out, ate good meals, filmed and got here residence to unwind and begin that course of once more the following day. It was a whole lot of enjoyable. We had been the primary manufacturing to get going once more and set the blueprint to get again to work in Hollywood throughout this pandemic.
BET.com: Given your intensive work within the trade since 2014, you may have discovered your self performing in many various roles. What’s a few of the finest recommendation have you ever obtained as an actor that you’ve taken with you when you are on set?
Chido Nwokocha: The most important factor I take from that is that I belong right here. I am right here for a purpose. So I simply assume that comes again to perception in any occupation you are in. You bought to have some type of perception in your self, which is why you took the leap of religion to work within the trade you are in. So for me, I’ve a really, very excessive sense of simply perception, self-worth and worth in myself.
I actually imagine that I am the place I am presupposed to be after I’m presupposed to be there. So after I get on set, and whether or not it is with Tyler Perry or another set that I’ve been on or [will be] sooner or later, I actually really feel like I am presupposed to be right here, whoever I am working with, [the] largest stars or simply up and comers as effectively. And I’ll present out.
BET.com: Whereas Gary could have discovered himself in considerably of an entanglement, what would Chido’s recipe be for courting his accomplice the proper approach?
Chido Nwokocha: Communication is the largest factor. I don’t assume anyone ought to be thoughts readers. That’s the largest trait to me. I imply clearly a whole lot of frequent traits you wish to have with a person: spending high quality time with one another, frequent pursuits. However I don’t assume something actually strikes ahead with out speaking your desires and your wants and the place you’re at.
BET.com: Should you might give Gary one piece of recommendation what would you inform him given the present state of affairs that he’s in going into season two?
Chido Nwokocha: Primary, you possibly can’t management every part and all people like that. I might have informed him [to] deal with this case along with his spouse the proper approach, as an alternative of attempting to juggle each. And in addition, I feel it goes again to what I at all times say about relationships, it goes again to communication.
I feel there was a whole lot of stuff that was not stated and never communicated the proper approach, which is why we had been this loopy throughout season one and why we’re the place we’re in season two, there’s a whole lot of data that is been withheld—particularly the way in which we ended. So clearly, If I needed to give him recommendation, I might say, ‘Man, you gotta you bought to deal with this earlier than you progress on.’ If we had been sitting at a desk having a drink whiskey. I might be like ‘Bro, you bought to deal with issues with Jasmine after which you possibly can go forward and work out what you’re attempting to do with Andi.’ However you attempting to do each proper now, working out and in of the home, shouldn’t be going to work and catch as much as you. Sadly, it will definitely did.
You should definitely take a look at the season 2 premiere of Tyler Perry’s Sistas on Wednesday, October 14, at 9 PM EST on BET.
(Courtesy of Chido Nwokocha)