the ABC’s of Fabulous Women » Nicole Yvette Brown
I think this is the only sensible response if you run into Nathan Fillion.
Q- Hey Yvette! Huge fan of your work on Community! Thanks for doing an AMA. Because I know that questions about Dan Harmon are inevitable, I am just going to ask if you are able to speak at all about your perspective on working with him, and the situation surrounding his exit. Thanks!
Yvette- Harmon is very dear to me. He gave me the job of a lifetime and from my first audition was my biggest supporter. I don’t know if this is known but Shirley wasn’t written to be a black chick in her thirties. She was originally written to be a white woman in her late 40’s or early 50’s. She was to be a love interest for Chevy. Hence the early episodes where Pierce keep hitting on Shirley. But Dan saw something in my take on the role and gave me a chance. I don’t know much about his exit except for what I’ve read like you guys. I think it was a business decision NBC or SONY felt they had to make for whatever reason. Dan’s comments about it will surely be more insightful than anything I could speculate about. But that said, he is loved and will be missed by us all.
[x]#omfg YVETTE #Like no matter where ommunity goes #this showrunner and this cast are the best on tv #and yvette and shirley are just so special #and the fact that dan saw something in Yvette and changed the entire character for her #makes me so happy #i don’t think I would have loved her nearly as much if she was just some love interest for Pierce
#SHIRLEY LKAHSGLK;ESDGK I LOVE SHIRLEY SO MUCH #SHE IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST PEOPLE ON THAT SHOW #AND I MEAN GENUINE STRENGTH NOT ~SASS~ (UGH ILY SO MUCH FOR ADDRESSING THAT STEREOTYPE AND SHUTTING IT D O W N SHOW) #RECOVERING FROM ALCOHOLISM RAISING CHILDREN LEAVING YOUR HUSBAND TRYING TO OWN A BUSINESS ENROLLING AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE ESP. LATER IN LIFE #THESE THINGS TAKE COURAGE AND HUMILITY AND PERSEVERANCE AND VULNERABILITY AND JUST KHDS;KWHR;KGH #I LOVE YOU A LOT SHIRLEY OKAY I JUST REALLY GET EMOTIONAL SOMETIMES WHEN I THINK ABOUT YOUR TRAJECTORY #YOU GET WRITTEN OFF AS JUDGMENTAL OR ONE-NOTE WHEN COME ON YOU ARE THE OPPOSITE YOU HAVE GROWN SO MUCH #AND YES YOU CAN BE A LITTLE TURD SOMETIMES BUT YOU WORK ON YOUR PREJUDICES AND HAVE HAD THE GRACE TO RECONSIDER YOUR VALUES AND CHANGE #WHICH IS A FEAT IN ANY SITUATION BUT FOR SOMEONE OF YOUR AGE AND YOUR…IDK HOW TO PHRASE IT #YOU HAD A ”SAFE” THING GOING ON AND YOU DIDN’T NEED TO BREAK OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE RE: JOB SCHOOL FRIENDSHIPS FAMILY DYNAMICS #YOU WEREN’T FORCED TO BY OTHERS OR BY CIRCUMSTANCES YOU *CHOSE* TO WHICH IS STAGGERINGLY BRAVE AND WONDERFUL #AND I JUST AM REALLY PROUD OF YOU#AND YOU GET OVERLOOKED BECAUSE OTHER CHARACTERS ARE MORE NOTICEABLE #AND IN-UNIVERSE YOU PUT YOURSELF ON THE BACK BURNER WHICH IS SEEN AS PLAYING THE MARTYR BUT REALLY YOU FEEL WORTHLESS #UNNEEDED#SO YOU JUSTIFY YOUR PRESENCE WITH BAKED GOODS OR MOTHERING BEHAVIOR OR ANYTHING TO VALIDATE THAT YOU ARE IMPORTANT OR MEMORABLE #I JUST LOVE YOU A LOT OKAY #I JUST LOVE DAN HARMON A LOT OKAY #I JUST OWE A LOT TO DAN HARMON OKAY #AND OMG HOW MUCH WOULD A WHITE LOVE INTEREST FOR CHEVY HAVE SUCKED WHAT A WASTE OF POTENTIAL
“Loni Love has this bit about pilot season for black people or people of color not start[ing] until the end of March,” Brown recalled. “That’s when they have cast every other, main, character, and they look at their cast and go ‘Oh no. It’s all white. We need a black guy or something.’ And that’s when the auditions for the “all ethnicities” role of the security guard or meter maid go out, and you’ll see one little spec of color in the show.”
- Yvette Nicole Brown on breaking through industry stereotypes with Community
Gillian Jacobs (Britta) and Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley) from Community are Doctor Who fans! What a small world.
It’s time for a Ladies Of Doctor Who & Community spinoff. AND THEN WE CAN ALL HAPPILY PERISH FROM FANGIRLING.
I totally goofed and forgot to post the photos of me with Community star Yvette Nicole Brown. She popped by the Marvel booth at WonderCon and was RIDICULOUSLY nice.
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“As a black actor, it’s refreshing that I’m not playing the ‘sassy black woman.’ It’s something that Dan Harmon was cognizant of from the beginning. It is something that I’m always cognizant of. Every woman on the planet has sass and smart-ass qualities in them, but it seems sometimes only black women are defined by it. Shirley is a fully formed woman that had a sassy moment. Her natural set point, if anything, is rage. That’s her natural set point, suppressed rage, which comes out as kindness and trying to keep everything tight.”