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The show is executive produced by Lena Waithe and is slated to air next year. It is centered on an aspiring screenwriter and queer woman named Hattie (played by Jonica “JoJo” T. Gibbs) moving to L.A. and working through the hardships of hustling along with her best friends, film executive Marie (Christina Elmore) and yoga instructor Nia (Gabrielle Graham).
In an interview with Billboard, Big Sean spoke about his desire to become an actor before he pursued his music career and how he met Waithe and connected with her to land his debut small screen role.
“I did this Nipsey Hussle tribute at the Dreamville Festival and I shouted at her, and a whole bunch of people that I thought were trailblazers, out,” Sean said. “Then we linked up on the Internet, following each other and showing each other love. Then she came by the studio when I was out here in L.A. and I played her [what I had of] my album so far…”
He continued with, “I’m a real fan of hers too, so it was just cool to know we had that mutual respect for each other. Then after, I just like explained to her where I was at in my life. She was just really interested in that story. And then she was like, “I think you could play this character that I’m doing on this show called ‘Twenties’.”