EXCLUSIVE : TNT’s WILL Scoop: Shining The Spotlight On Jasmin Savoy Brown

Stepping right into the spotlight is Jasmin Savoy Brown who has been making her mark in three key television roles in this past year from Freeform‘s STITCHERS to HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS to her latest starring role in TNT’s new drama series WILL.  WILL is the story of William Shakespeare and Jasmin portrays a young feminist poet who was Shakespeare’s the Dark Lady.  In an exclusive interview Jasmin talks about the fun she is had portraying such a pivotal role and reflects on her amazing career right now.

What initially appealed to you about the role of Emilia Bassano and working on TNT’s new series WILL?
JASMIN:  I loved that Emilia was a real person. I fell in love with Shakespeare in high school and remembered reading his sonnets featuring the “Dark Lady” and got goosebumps at the thought of researching and channeling her. Her poetry is available for free online, and her family has paintings sprinkled around London, so the research was readily available for me to draw from. I also loved that it shot on location, giving me a chance to travel, and that I’d get to learn the accent!

How would you describe who your character Emilia is?  
JASMIN:  Emilia is a Hillary Clinton of Shakespeare’s time. She was one of the first feminists. She was the first female English poet to publish under her own name instead of a man’s. She lived to survive and climb the ladder in a man’s world, until she reached a point where she felt she could break the mold. She blazed a path for other women. She and Hillary would have gotten along.

What do you most admire and/or like about her?
JASMIN:  I most admire her strength. She endured so much in her short life, and kept her sense of humor about it along the way.

What is it like working alongside such a talented ensemble, including Laurie Davidson, Olivia Dejonge, and Mattias Inwood?  
JASMIN:  It is more fun than I can explain. The entire cast is brilliant and hilarious. We’re constantly making each other laugh, and each of them inspire me on a deep level.

Any favorite scenes that you can share yet?
JASMIN:  I shot two scenes with Mattias where he made me break character multiple times. He is one of the funniest people I know.

What has been your favorite part about working on this project?
JASMIN:  My favorite part of any project is the people. I love being around artists and watching their processes and how they work. This group specifically is especially brilliant, and so humble. I can’t describe how grateful I am to each of them, and specifically Olivia. I arrived alone across the world, half way through the season, after they all had an intense bond. They could have easily shut me out. But she welcomed me right in and made me part of the family. It would not have been the same experience otherwise.

What has been the one thing you as an actor haven taken away from working on WILL so far?
JASMIN:  This is such a tough question to answer. There are so many things. I guess the biggest thing WILL taught me as an actor is the power of making the work personal. How much I do or do not share with a character can greatly benefit the depth of the work.

What do you hope viewers to take away from watching WILL?
JASMIN:  I hope the show inspires viewers to be fully themselves, no matter what that means. If you’re an artist and someone tells you your idea is bad, ignore them and go for it anyway. Love who you love. Party with your friends when you want to party. Love your family. Just be fully you all of the time. That is how Shakespeare, Marlowe and Emilia made their marks — they ignored the haters and remained true to themselves.

You also recently co-starred in HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS as Evie Murphy.  What was that experience like for you?
JASMIN:  Working on THE LEFTOVERS was another dream experience. Every creative on that show — actors, directors, writers, editors, you name it — are the cream of the crop, and it speaks in their work. I constantly felt like I was being paid to attend a master class. I am forever grateful.

What were your favorite moments from working on THE LEFTOVERS?
JASMIN:  Working with Regina King. I admired her growing up and getting to play her daughter was an out of body experience. I also loved shooting with Violett Beane. We’ve become best friends, and it all started with the choir scene.

What has surprised you most about your career so far?
JASMIN:  I’ve been most surprised with how I’ve avoided being type-cast. I’ve been blessed to play strong kick ass non-stereotypical roles. I plan to keep it that way.

At this stage of your career, what do you think you have learned from the amazing variety of roles and projects you have worked on?
JASMIN:  The most important thing I’ve learned is to stay true to myself. It’s easy to get swept up in the gossip or the popular things. Even something as simple as wanting to take a nap at lunch — if everyone else is hanging out and eating together I convince myself I’m missing out on something and I should be with everyone else and on and on and on… no. I want to take a nap. Just the simple things like that really add up, and that’s something I’m working on. I have to do me.

If there were one role you would like to revisit, which would it be and why?
JASMIN:  Evie — THE LEFTOVERS. Because I love her so much.

You seem to take on roles that are very challenging. Do any of your characters and the situations they find themselves in ever leave a lasting impression on you?
JASMIN:  Always. Always always. If I can’t learn something from a character, I don’t want to play it.

Has there been any great advice you have gotten?  What advice would you offer to other upcoming and aspiring actors?
JASMIN:  Yes. Kevin Carrol taught me not to take myself so seriously, and to save my money. I think that advice right there is the best there is. That’s what I would say to anyone else.

At a time when women’s voices are rising to be heard and respected around the country and world, what do you recommend your fans do to lend support in that endeavor?
JASMIN:  Do not stop talking. Do not stop talking and sharing and crying and laughing and yelling and EXPRESSING. Your thoughts, your opinions, your voices may feel unheard on a large scale, but even if you inspire one woman or man, that is enough. Imagine if every person on the planet changed only one person’s life. Everyone’s life would be changed!! Your voice matters, every single time you speak. Share it, you goddess.

Do you have any other upcoming projects that you can share that fans should keep an eye out for?
JASMIN:  Yes! I’m currently shooting season 3 of LOVE for Netflix.

To see Jasmin brighten up the screen with her performance as Emilia, be sure to tune in for the premiere of WILL on July 10, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. on TNT.  Then to keep up with Jasmin’s future endeavors, be sure to follow her on Twitter at:@jasminsavoy