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The actress, up for entertainer of the year at Saturday's NAACP Image Awards, says she'd be involved in a second season of the HBO series 'if it was really smart' and opens up about her banner year.
Regina King's acting career started in 1985 with the sitcom 227, and, through the decades, she's delivered memorable roles in films Boyz n the Hood, Jerry Maguire, Enemy of the State and TV series Southland, American Crime. But the past couple of years have been the most monumental of her career, from the 2018 Emmy win her third for her role on Netflix's Seven Seconds to the 2019 Academy Award for supporting actress in If Beale Street Could Talk. Most recently, she starred on HBO's breakout series Watchmen as police officer Angela "Sister Night" Abar, who ended the season as the most powerful woman in the world.
While the jury is still out on whether Watchmen will return for a second season, King, who has been directing episodic TV since 2015, will keep busy with a brand-new undertaking: directing her first feature film, an independent adaptation of the Kemp Powers stage play One Night in Miami, which started production in January.
King, 49, who is nominated for the NAACP Image Awards' Entertainer of the Year for the second straight year in a row, spoke with THR about Watchmen, how she chooses her roles and what's next in a vibrant and diverse career.
How would you characterize what 2019 meant for your career?
It was a fantastic year. It was quite busy and filled with a lot of firsts. It was my first time being nominated for an Oscar, winning an Oscar, it was my first time starring in a show that was part of a big franchise and a beloved comic book — a lot of firsts.
What's your interest level in seeing Angela as Doctor Manhattan and a second season of Watchmen?
I can see myself being involved in a season two if it was really smart. I would need to know the beginning and the endgame, unlike how this season was. I did not know what the endgame was. I just totally trustDamon. There's a part of me that feels like ... it's just really hard to think we could top season one, you know?
What are you taking away from your experience on Watchmen as you embark on new projects?
It's not just one thing. It's all of it. I get into something because the story speaks to me. Once you're in production, so many other things come up. You get to know people. You become a family. All those things carry with you until the next part of your life. Every single project becomes ingrained in your body. It becomes part of your DNA.
What are you discovering about yourself as you're working on directing your first feature film?
More than anything, it's that I have the energy to operate on too few hours of sleep for so many days in a row. Laughs. And when you're making a dollar out of 15 cents, you get to see...
Stephen Williams, whose directing credits include episodes of Watchmen, The Walking Dead, Lost, and more, is set to helm Universal’s new monster movie Don’t Go in the Water. There are zero plot details at the moment, but it’s safe to assume from the monster movie distinction and the title that this is going to be some sort of aquatic horror movie – and we could always use more of those.
Variety has the scoop on Don’t Go in the Water, described simply as a “suspenseful monster movie” from director Stephen Williams. Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy is producing, along with Dan Levine for 21 Laps Entertainment, while Adam Kolbrenner will produce for Lit Entertainment Group. Adam Rodin is executive producing.
Williams directed two Watchmen episodes – “She Was Killed by Space Junk”, which featured the now-infamous giant Dr. Manhattan dildo, and “This Extraordinary Being”, one of the most memorable episodes of the series, in which Regina King’s Angela relives her grandfather’s memories via a drug trip. That episode was highly renowned for its unique visual style, so it’s great to see Williams branch out into a big movie. Save for 1995’s Soul Survivor, all his other credits are in TV.
I wish I could tell you more about the Don’t Go in the Water plot, but there simply isn’t anything to tell. However, the title certainly suggests this is some sort of aquatic horror film, and that’s a sub-genre I always enjoy. Earlier this year we saw the release of Underwater, a surprisingly fun undersea monster movie starring Kristen Stewart.
Other entries include DeepStar Six, Leviathan, Deep Rising, and more. Hell, you can even include every shark movie under that banner as well – all the Jaws flicks, The Shallows, Deep Blue Sea, and so on. The only real prerequisite is that the plot involves unlucky characters either on a boat or in some sort of underwater location being plagued by danger. It doesn’t even have to be monster-based danger. There’s Dead Calm, where the danger is Billy Zane. Hell, go ahead and include Titanic in there, I don’t care. There are no more rules anymore, folks. Anything goes these days.
British science-fiction series “Doctor Who” has made history by introducing the first actor of color to play the Doctor: Jo Martin, who’s also only the second woman to be cast in the series’ lead role.
The January 26 episode, titled “Fugitive of the Judoon,” starred Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, alongside Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill as her companions, Graham O’Brien, Ryan Sinclair, and Yasmin Khan, respectively, along with the return of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness.
Martin is introduced as a character named Ruth Clayton, who is later revealed to be a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor.
Fans weren’t entirely sure if Martin’s appearance meant what it implied, but series boss Chris Chibnall has confirmed that she is the real deal. Speaking to The Mirror, Chibnall said, “The important thing to say is: She is definitively The Doctor. There’s not a sort of parallel universe going on, there’s no tricks. Jo Martin is The Doctor.”
Chibnall also noted that Martin was credited in the same way John Hurt was credited when he first appeared as another incarnation of the character, who was featured in the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor,” in 2013.
“That’s why we gave her the credit at the end which all new Doctors have the first time you see them,” he said. “John Hurt got that credit.”
It’s still unclear where Martin’s incarnation fits in the Doctor universe, but Chibnall spoke to that uncertainty as well.
“There will be answers to some of these mysteries this [season],” he said. “But as ever with ‘Doctor Who,’ answers often reveal new questions. It’s all very deliberate.”
He also revealed Martin wasn’t aware she was auditioning to play The Doctor when she met the producers to read for them.
Martin’s casting comes after another Doctor Who star, Lenny Henry, who plays a billionaire tech mogul in the series, claimed that the BBC would rather cast a dog as the next Time Lord than use a black actor.
Talking about his guest appearance ahead of the series’ 12th season in December, Henry said: “Why have we never had a black Doctor Who? They would rather have a dog do Doctor Who than a black person. There’s no black people in ‘Doctor Who.'”
On the diversity issue, he added: “We’re still a long way away. The ‘in’ group who are in charge of everything are getting complacent.”
Jo Martin is a regular on “Holby City,” where she plays Max McGerry, consultant neurosurgeon and acting CEO of the hospital. She has also appeared in “Fleabag,” “Batman Begins” and first gained attention in...