The British actress, Cleopatra Coleman has been appearing as a songwriter Sadie in the new Showtime series White Famous. Her character is the ex-girlfriend of the series’ lead actor, Floyd Mooney (Jay Pharaoh), a young black comedian.
The show is loosely based on the early Hollywood experiences of Jamie Foxx, who appears as himself in addition to serving as executive producer. And recently Cleopatra Coleman revealed her experiences on working with Foxx.
During an interview, Cleopatra told Instyle;
Jamie's dope. He's such a well-rounded actor. He started in comedy, but he’s crossed all the way over to play so many different characters in films and he's just such a massive talent. I’d never met him before this, but I grew up watching In Living Color and all of his skits and films. I’m a big fan.
Cleopatra Coleman plays as ex-girlfriend of White Famous's lead actor, Floyd Mooney (Jay Pharaoh)
Cleopatra became an even Foxx's bigger fan after working together on White Famous.
I have a lot of respect for his ability to play himself—especially because he’s playing a hyped-up version of himself on the show. I didn't have any scenes with him, so I didn't get to work with him in that capacity. But he couldn't be more lovely.
While Foxx’s involvement in the TV series was one major draw for Cleopatra, the script itself was another. She quoted;
I particularly like the refreshing quality of the relationship between my character and Jay's character, Floyd. They're exes, but they're friends. They don't hate each other, which is what we see a lot. It's actually kind of similar to my parents—when they broke up, they worked together raising me and they were always able to see eye-to-eye, at least on how they wanted to raise their kid. So that was really attractive to me.
Cleopatra Coleman Opens Up What It Was Like to Work with Jamie Foxx On White Famous
It was also revealed that Cleopatra was also attracted to the ideas of switching gears, acting-wise as she stated;
I've been doing a lot of comedy over the past few years, but I have a drama background. What I love about White Famous is that it’s very funny, but I get the opportunity to really sink my teeth into some drama, as well. It kind melds both of those worlds together.” Scroll down for our full chat with Coleman, and catch the series premiere of White Famous tonight.