Jessica Williams

“Jo flew down to make sure I was okay with how my character appeared. She wanted to give me autonomy as a woman and also as a black woman. That’s incredible on such a massive production. She wanted my character to look the way that I felt like this character should look.

There are certain things, culturally, that we understand about the way we should look and appear. We subconsciously communicate to each other as people. And so I will always try and push to make sure that the character makes sense and that actually, physically, the character looks the way that she wants to look.

The night before I shot, she sent me this Word document and it was nine pages. She was like, ‘I’m supposed to be working on my book deadline, but instead I’ve spent all day writing this and anyway, I hope you enjoy.’ It was this very thorough background on my character. I didn’t really need it, but she spent so much of her personal time writing it for me. A lot of the lore of my character ties to my personal history. She gave me all this cool information and did it just because she wanted to. That to me is so representative of her heart. I could have never imagined at nine years old that I would be able to get this document from her. It’s part of lore, it’s canon.”

Source: The Cut