Danielle Brooks‘ parents weren’t crazy about her role in “Orange Is The New Black” at first, but they eventually got with the program.
What a difference a year (and an Emmy nomination or two) makes!
Danielle, who plays fan favorite Taystee on the prison drama, revealed to “Huffington Post Live” that she had some hesitation about the role at first.
Although she was thrilled to have the job, she wasn’t so sure about some of her first scenes.
“From day one! I had to be topless in a scene with Taylor [Schilling] in the shower, and I didn’t know how much they were gonna show of my ta-tas,” Danielle explained with a laugh.
She shared that her parents nearly forbid her from taking on the role, but not for the reason you might think.
Although the NAACP reports that one in 100 African-American women in are in prison, and African Americans account from almost 1 million of the 2.3 million people behind bars, her folks were not concerned about taking on a stereotypical role. They were not down with their baby doing a nude scene.
“When that happened, that was the first thing, I was like, ‘Parents, look, Mom, Dad, yo, I think I might have to do this,'” Brooks said. “I told them, and they were like, ‘No! No!’ They’re going to hate me for saying that, but they did.”
It took a little while for Danielle’s parents to get over their protective paternal instincts, but they eventually were able to embrace her gig as Taystee. It’s not like they had much to worry about anyway, though!
“At the end of the day, they were very happy that I chose to do this,” Danielle said. “And in the end, you didn’t see anything [in the shower scene].”
1. The Emmy Nominees Are In!
Every year, we celebrate actors and their amazing work on television. From Kerry Washington on "Scandal" to Idris Elba on "Luther," some of our favorite Black actors truly shined this year. We're going to be rooting for them during the Emmys, which airs on August 25. Check out the Black nominees!
2. Idris Elba: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Character: John Luther Miniseries or Movie: "Luther"
3. Kerry Washington: Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Character: Olivia Pope Show: "Scandal"
4. Don Cheadle: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Character: Marty Kaan Show: "House of Lies"
5. Chiwetel Ejiofor: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Mini Series Or A Movie
Character: Louis Miniseries or Movie: "Dancing on the Edge"
6. Joe Morton: Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama
Character: Rowan Pope Show: "Scandal"
7. Uzo Aduba: Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Character: Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Show: "Orange Is The New Black"
8. Reg E. Cathey: Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Character: Freddy Show: "House of Cards"
9. Andre Braugher: Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Character: Captain Ray Holt Show: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
10. Cicely Tyson: Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Character: Carrie Watts Miniseries or Movie: "The Trip to Bountiful"
11. Laverne Cox: Outstanding Guest Actress
Character: Sophia Burset Show: "Orange Is The New Black"
12. Angela Bassett: Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Character: Marie Laveau Miniseries or Movie: "American Horror Story: Coven"
13. Whoopi Goldberg: Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programing
Program: "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley"
14. Morgan Freeman: Outstanding Information Series Or Special
Show: "Through The Wormehole With Morgan Freeman"