Magazine article Variety

Nia Long 'I Don't Even Think I Saw My Kids for Three Weeks'

Magazine article Variety

Nia Long 'I Don't Even Think I Saw My Kids for Three Weeks'

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Nía Long's breakout role came in 1991, at age 20, on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Since then, she's starred in such big-screen comedies as "The Best Man Holiday" and "Big Momma's House." She balances her film career, including a starring turn in Netflix's current "Roxanne, Roxanne," with her series regular role on "NCIS: Los Angeles."

What was your biggest challenge taking on "Roxanne, Roxanne"?

I had to strip away everything. I don't even think I saw my kids for like three weeks. I was in my apartment, by myself. But it was really subconscious. I didn't go, "OK, when I get to New York I'm going to cut everyone off." I really had to live a little bit of the character before I could give her a voice.

What was it like to return to television with "NCIS: L.A."?

This was a world that I was completely unaware of going in. I had to be a student - sit back, watch and learn. The amount of material that we shoot in a day is unbelievable. Most of the time you get one or two takes, and they're on to the next thing. So, it was intimidating in the beginning. I have so much respect for any actor who's on a procedural, one-hour series because it requires a different muscle.

After the success of "Black Panther" and "Wonder Woman," do you think Hollywood will now support projects about black women? …

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