The Julianne Hough Of TV Shows: Here’s The Powerful, Strengthening Role Tracee Ellis Ross Couldn’t Play

“You may be thinking it’s not really the time to hang out with me, don’t you want to wait until the heat wave was really in full force? But it is the hottest of summers and I’ve got class in class.” (Courtesy Sara Chibas)

In the words of my superstar crush, “You better grab a seat before your last three hours of daytime sleep and see me in a crown.” The new season of Netflix Original series “Gypsy” premieres on July 17.

Think mind bending, sexy thrillers, the sci-fi genre is having a moment in the spotlight and features a plethora of talented female actors.

Tracee Ellis Ross’ (Black-ish) high profile role as Captain Phoebe Clayton in How to Get Away with Murder, Yvonne Strahovski’s ( Chuck, The Handmaid’s Tale) Emmy-nominated role of “Star” in Star Trek: Discovery, and show biz hero Lisa Kudrow’s (Friends, The Comeback) shocking comeback in Netflix’s reboot of “Will & Grace” are just a few great roles portrayed by women of color.

There’s no hotter example of actress and activist Nina Simone (1910-1967) in today’s cultural climate than Jerrika Hinton’s (Shots Fired, Empire) Emmy-nominated performance of Simone in FX’s Gypsy. With her strong jawline, fierce fashion sense, and sassy attitude, Hinton is definitely the female star of “Gypsy.” Simone perfectly embodies the “race apart” theme that permeates through her music. Her raw and unflinching approach to research and comments that range from politics to pop culture, about race relations and the difficulties of being a woman, solidified and defined her status as a cultural trailblazer.

Hinton joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday and discussed her character and the series as a whole.

“People say it’s too dark but I don’t see the darkness,” Hinton said. “I just see Nina at her very best.”

Hinton admits that the series was not made for every film lover and an “R-rated series in the vein of House of Cards.” But that doesn’t stop her from cherishing it.

“I have an advantage in a sense that I’m really interested in digging down to my character,” Hinton said. “I wanted to really invest my heart and soul into Nina’s story. What she’s been through, what her evolution is and it’s not some stereotypical idea of what Black women’s issues are about but it’s real.”

With films like Black Panther breaking down racial barriers and television shows like Black-ish and Superstore featuring complex women with iconic voices, it’s truly exciting to see a small screen spotlight on a different role, story and history. These shows are paving the way for more female roles, protagonists and directors to come. And we’re so stoked to see Hinton in Gypsy and to see more gems like her.

Check out the full HuffPost Live conversation with Hinton here.

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