Home » ‘UnPrisoned’ Exclusive: Kerry Washington And Delroy Lindo Open Up About Playing Roles Inspired By Real People And The Importance Of Black Dads

‘UnPrisoned’ Exclusive: Kerry Washington And Delroy Lindo Open Up About Playing Roles Inspired By Real People And The Importance Of Black Dads

by Black America Web

Today is the day that Hulu premieres their brand new series UnPrisoned, starring two of our favorite actors Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo!

Told with heart and humor, the original scripted series is inspired by creator and executive producer Tracy McMillan’s real life story. Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo both executive produce and star in the show along with Marque Richardson, Faly Rakotohavana, and Jordyn McIntosh.

The 8-episode, half-hour comedy is about a messy but perfectionist relationship therapist and single mom (Washington), whose life is turned right-side-up when her dad (Lindo) gets out of prison and moves in with her and her teenage son, Finn (Rakotohavana).

After we saw the trailer for UnPrisoned we were immediately struck by how well Kerry captured the spirit of McMillan (who we got to know via her unscripted OWN show Family or Fiancé) and asked Washington how she went about embodying a character based on a real person.

“This story was inspired by a real father, daughter, and grandson, and Delroy and I wanted to honor the people, the real humans that inspired this story but also make it our own,” Washington told BOSSIP. “We weren’t playing them, we wanted to have them be the seed of where this creative process was growing from. I went down the rabbit hole of watching everything Tracy has done, I watched every episode of her show, I read her book twice, and I watched all of her Instagram posts, particularly the Instagram posts I wanted to find that cadence and voice of hers and I think that helped with the rest of it.”

Pop culture come to embrace the #girldad so much since the passing of Kobe Bryant and we wanted to ask the UnPrisoned actors about the very unique bond between Paige and her dad Edwin.

“I think Black fatherhood in general is so special,” Kerry Washington said.

Delroy Lindo wholly agreed.

“It’s critical for a whole range of reasons,” Lindo told us. “I am a father myself, I have a…

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