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  • -My next guest is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress

  • who stars in the Fox series "9-1-1."

  • Season 4 premieres this Monday at 8:00 p.m.

  • Here is the one and only Angela Bassett.

  • Oh, come on, look at you.

  • -Hey! -Oh, it's so great to see you.

  • Ah, you look great.

  • Thank you for coming on again.

  • I hope the family's all well.

  • Are your -- How old are the kids now?

  • Are they --

  • -They are soon to be 15 in just a couple of weeks.

  • In about two weeks, they'll be 15 years old.

  • -Wow. -Yeah. They're doing good.

  • -What's it like to quarantine with two 14-year-olds

  • the past few months?

  • -You know, they spend an extraordinary amount of time

  • in their rooms.

  • They did before quarantine.

  • But now with that in-school Zooming, even more so.

  • So I kind of hardly see them

  • except at, like, dinner, making breakfast.

  • -Yeah. They go, "Yeah, we're good, Mom. We're good."

  • -Yeah, I think they're cool with that.

  • -You've always done this cool thing where you start

  • every post on social media asking --

  • you say, "Everybody good?"

  • And this is before the pandemic, before COVID.

  • And do you feel like people are responding

  • to that now even more?

  • -Yeah. I find that they are.

  • I mean, they were before, but even so now.

  • Some folks have gone through,

  • you know, extraordinary, hard times.

  • So they appreciate just, you know,

  • just that asking about how everything's going.

  • -Last year was tough for so many reasons,

  • but we also lost your good friend, Chadwick Boseman.

  • But there's a story here that you actually met

  • before "Black Panther."

  • Would you mind telling the story?

  • -We did. We did.

  • Yeah, a number of years ago I was -- I was so honored

  • to receive an honorary doctorate from Howard University.

  • And so I'd go there.

  • It was a great time, a great experience, whatever.

  • And, you know, life goes on. You go back to doing your work.

  • And I get this movie, you know, "Black Panther."

  • I'm sitting next to Chadwick.

  • Every morning we shared

  • the same makeup trailer, same hair trailer.

  • So we spend hours and hours,

  • you know, prepping the day, getting ready.

  • I'm watching him, you know,

  • call South Africa, get his dialect right, you know.

  • And so the night of the premiere -- glorious premiere.

  • You know, pinnacle of just everything.

  • Cherry on top, whatever, and I'm looking --

  • you know, getting ready to leave, take the kids.

  • The only premiere I've taken them --

  • one of the few premieres I've taken them to.

  • We're getting ready to leave.

  • Let me go say hello,

  • and I find him and give him an embrace.

  • It's just been incredible.

  • And he whispers in my ear.

  • He said, "When you got your honorary degree,

  • I was the student that escorted you throughout that day."

  • And I was just so blown away.

  • I couldn't believe that he held that back from me...

  • -Wow, for the whole shooting. -...until this very moment.

  • While we were shooting. Yeah, the entire time.

  • But he shared that.

  • And, you know, so many times you meet young people.

  • And they say, "Oh, I want to work with you one day."

  • And you know that, you know, you say, "Yeah, I hope so too."

  • But you know how rare that can be, you know.

  • But we actually did.

  • We actually did work together.

  • -Do you remember years ago, by the way,

  • you gave me a ride to an awards show.

  • -It was after the Oscars one night.

  • -Yeah. You remember that?

  • -Yeah. I think we shared the same manager or something.

  • -Yeah, yeah, yeah.

  • -And we were in the backseat together.

  • -I loved it. I'll never forget it.

  • I was like, "You are -- I can't believe I'm with Angela Bassett.

  • She's so cool."

  • -I've never forgotten it too, because you were so cool.

  • You were as nice then as you are now.

  • So yeah, I always remember that too.

  • -We were doing some research about you,

  • and I saw that your very first TV gig, your first job,

  • was exactly 35 years ago on a soap opera

  • called "Search for Tomorrow."

  • -Yes, "Search for Tomorrow," right out of drama school.

  • And I thought it was such a big deal.

  • I think I had a little, small role.

  • I think I was a nurse and someone's sister,

  • big sister to someone. -Yeah.

  • When was the last time you saw it?

  • -35 years ago. [ Laughter ]

  • Definitely.

  • -Well, we actually found a clip of you

  • from a 1985 episode of "Search for Tomorrow."

  • Watch this. -Oh, my God.

  • -How's it going, Salina?

  • -Well, well, look what the wind blew in.

  • Hmm? -You're mad, right?

  • -Only dogs get mad.

  • -Okay, so you're angry?

  • -Do I look angry?

  • -What do you think?

  • -Well, by the look in your eye,

  • I'd say it's not one of your better days.

  • -Oh, you read me right.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -My voice is so high.

  • -Oh.

  • -"You read me right."

  • -And look at you now.

  • I want to talk about "9-1-1."

  • Season 4 premieres on Monday.

  • This show is all about first responders.

  • So can you set up what's going on this season?

  • 'Cause it was a crazy episode the end of last season.

  • -Yeah. Yeah.

  • At the end of last season, you know, Athena was --

  • I mean, she was brutally attacked.

  • And, of course, she's been healing.

  • And the physical -- the physical wounds have healed,

  • the face, the arm, whatever.

  • But what about her emotionally, mentally?

  • That's where we're at.

  • But also, as we know in this world, you know,

  • trauma and tragedy is around each and every corner.

  • And as it opens up, there's been this huge sort of, like,

  • break at the Hollywood Reservoir,

  • and there's sludge and mudslides that's taking down --

  • just taking down neighborhoods and iconic signs and everything.

  • And first responders -- there's never a day off.

  • So either she's going to run in

  • and help or she's going to retreat.

  • -Of course. -And we see what happens.

  • -You do a great job. I want to show everyone a clip.

  • Here's Angela Bassett in the season premiere of "9-1-1."

  • Take a look.

  • -They are not thinking on their feet out there.

  • It's more like their elbows.

  • -Got an alarming call from the emergency operations center.

  • They think those micro quakes

  • might've damaged more than just the dam.

  • They're worried about a landslide east of the reservoir.

  • -East of the reservoir.

  • Well, that's all residential.

  • You're going to need more boots on the ground,

  • people to knock on doors.

  • -And someone to supervise the scene.

  • Look, I know you said you wanted to ease in,

  • but I need you back out there.

  • -Angela Bassett.

  • Season 4 of "9-1-1" premieres

  • Monday at 8:00 p.m. on Fox.

  • Thank you so much for being here.

  • You know I love you.

-My next guest is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress

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