Written By: Evena Adams
You might recognize this pretty face as the little girlfriend to Tariq from the Image Award winning STARZ TV series “POWER”. Her role as “Destiny” rolled into a viral social media hit which resulted in many Instagram media mentions from outlets such as, The Shaderoom and more. You may even recognize her from her current role as “Bernice” on the critically acclaimed HBO TV series “The Deuce”.
Andrea-Rachel received the SOFIE award for Best Supporting Actress in 2016 for her performance in “UGLY”. The next year she starred in “72 HOURS: A Brooklyn Love Story?” as well as, the TIDAL produced digital series “After Hours” (2017) alongside Tristian “Mack” Wilds.
Acting isn’t her only talent, she is also an accomplished dancer and choreographer. She has had the pleasure of working with such artists as Luke James and Jennifer Hudson. If you knew all of that, I bet you didn’t know that Andrea is also a business owner. She owns PK’s & Company Lounge located in Norristown, PA. This restaurant is inspired to take the flavor and spice and sprinkle it on everything nice! They offer catering for special events and they are known for their authentic traditional island dishes and unique food pairing that compliments and add to the original cultured dishes that you know and love.
You can catch Andrea playing Momma Ganja in her newest project, the Hulu series of “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.” The 10-episode series premiere on September 4th. Andrea Rachel is a rising star and The Rapfest had the pleasure of sitting down with the star and getting to talk to her about who she is, her acting career, and current projects.
Check out the interview below.
- Before we jump into specific questions about your journey in the industry, why don’t you give fans some details about who you are as a creative, entrepreneur and your story.
Well, I am Andrea Rachel and I am naturally a creative person. I enjoy all types of art, I even dabble in creating animated drawings of people. I have recently played Destiny on Power and Bernice on the Deuce. I really enjoy being creative through story telling and acting allows me to do that.
- When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in acting?
I would say about my 3rd year in college. I have always been into the arts. I have been dancing since I was six and I have been taking acting classes since junior high school and danced all throughout high school. When I attended Lincoln University, I was taking friends cars to attend auditions. That’s when I really began taking acting serious. Left school and began pursuing acting full time.
- What has been the proudest moment in your career thus far?
I have gratitude to have worked with the people that I have worked with. Actors that I have grown up listening to their albums and watching their work on my own television I am working with and its just a great moment to live in right now. They have trusted me to be the actress I wanted and to be comfortable. I thought by working with shows on HBO and STARZ, or big set in general that I needed to be small, and that’s not the case at all.
I am so happy to have been cast in the bio-pic for Wu-Tang. Super excited, I can’t even contain it.
- What was the biggest setback you faced in your career and how did you overcome it?
Learning that not getting a role is a part of the process. Each audition is an obstacle within its self. All the information may not always be provided about a character, you still have to be able to bring that character to life.
- What have you learned from your seasoned actors?
Watch. Just being able to watch & interact. I have been able to observe how they get into their own roles.
- To wrap up the interview, what advice would you give to someone just starting out in their career?
Keep going! Listen to your body, mind, & finances. Cut people off if need be, don’t let other people rush you. Remember that when you are pursuing something no one else is, they don’t understand how to help, so you may have to go at it alone. Adjust, & continue to move forward. What ever it is you want to do, whatever it is you want to pursue, just fucking do it!
Courtesy of Multiartistryent
— Wu-Tang: An American Saga (@WuTangOnHulu) July 26, 2019