Big Sean to Make Acting Debut in Lena Waithe’s BET Series Twenties

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Big Sean is set to make his acting debut in Lena Waithe’s upcoming BET series Twenties.

Sean, who recently returned to music after a brief hiatus, will have a recurring role in the series.

According to Deadline, Twenties is a scripted show about friendship, finding love and messing everything up along the way.

It follows the adventures of a queer black girl, Hattie (Jojo T. Gibbs), and her two straight best friends, up-and-coming film executive Marie (Christina Elmore) and yoga instructor Nia (Gabrielle Graham), who spend most of their days talking ‘ish’ and chasing their dreams.

Sean will play Tristan, a student in Nia’s yoga class. His character doesn’t have a cellphone, rejects a lot of modern technology’s triumphs and believes in leading a natural life without the false dopamine hits that come from selfies and text messages and social media.

Waithe asked Sean to play the character once they linked up after he shouted her out during a concert.

“Big Sean is a star. I was really flattered, he mentioned me [at one of his concerts]. I don’t think he knew this, but I’ve been a fan of his for a really long time. […] I messaged him and he was, like, “Yo, we should link up at some point,” said Waithe to Variety.

“We ended up linking up in real life. I kicked it at his crib, we talked [and] got real with each other. He let me listen to music from his new album, which is amazing. I shared with him some of my experiences in the business. We really connected. There was a character, Tristan, we had written that made me think of him. I didn’t even make him read for it, I knew he’d be right. He’s in about three episodes and he’s phenomenal. He’s so natural. He’s so good. He’s easy on the eyes, as we all know. The ladies are going to get a kick out of watching him on screen.”

For Sean, it’s an opportunity for him to pursue something from his childhood.

“I was doing Shakespeare plays before I was rapping,” said Sean to Billboard. “My mom was an actress at heart, so she always kept me into that [when I was younger]. It is something that I feel I have a natural talent for, so it’s cool — Lena gave me my first chance at an acting debut.”

Twenties is slated to premiere in 2020. Waithe and Susan Fales-Hill are co-showrunners and executive producers. Rishi Rajani and Andrew Coles also executive produce.

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Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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