Emmy Magazine Features
When the role is right for Angela Bassett, only she will do. That’s why the team behind Fox’s 9-1-1 built the show around her — producers and directors crave the strength and self-respect she always brings to the screen. As a young actress, she says, she’d do without rather than take a job “that would degrade Black women or the Black female experience.”
"She’s the first and only actor I wanted,” says the showrunner of Nat Geo’s Genius: Aretha. And just like that, Cynthia Erivo — the feisty phenom who wowed in Harriet and belted her heart out on Broadway — became the Queen of Soul. “She’s tiny, but she’s got so much power,” says the director of Harriet . “She’s a force of nature.”
Now soaring to new altitudes, Kaley Cuoco stars in — and executive-produces — The Flight Attendant for HBO Max. But she’ll always cherish her long run on The Big Bang Theory, as well as that too-brief time on 8 Simple Rules with John Ritter, who taught her leadership and respect on the set.