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  • - Well, let's talk about your time on some of these sets.

  • - Yeah, let's talk about it!

  • - 1997.

  • - Oh, God.

  • - Good Burger.

  • - Good year.

  • - "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger."

  • - "Can I take your order?"

  • - Do people like yell that

  • at you all the time? - All the time.

  • So, I go to gaming conventions,

  • and I go to like Comic-Cons and all the stuff like that,

  • because I'm a gamer, you know what I mean,

  • and I'm a geek.

  • So, I mean like, I'm gonna go to Comic-Con anyway.

  • But, because I do all that,

  • my newest thing is I'm cosplaying, right, so--

  • - Ooo!

  • So, let me tell you,

  • I just went to my first Comic-Con in a few years.

  • The first day I went as me,

  • and I sat at my booth and did what I had to do,

  • sign my autographs, whatever.

  • The next day,

  • I put on my Monique outfit,

  • from Good Burger, and I cosplayed

  • as Monique, - Wow!

  • - And I walked through the crowd and everybody's like,

  • "Oh my God, that's so good!

  • "That's so good, spot on!"

  • - "You look just like her!"

  • - I know, right, it's crazy; I work really hard.

  • So, I thought it was badass that I could cosplay as myself,

  • so I do. - That is fantastic.

  • I have a new goal in life.

  • - Yes!

  • - I wanna be able to cosplay Tracy Clayton.

  • - Yes! Yes.

  • - I'm gonna make it work, somehow.

  • - Make it happen.

  • - How did this role come about for you,

  • like how did you hear about it?

  • - Literally that one was just a regular audition.

  • It was, my agents were like, "Oh, there's this role.",

  • and initially when they had me audition,

  • for some reason it was like a cross in communication,

  • and my manager had told me something like it was

  • for like, a Wayans brothers skit or something,

  • and I was like--

  • - Well, that's very different.

  • - Who you tellin'.

  • So, so I'm like, oh, it's like, a Wayans brother movie,

  • so this gonna be off the chain!

  • Right?

  • So I had one way of playing it in my head,

  • you know, the script, and then I got there

  • and it was like "Nickelodeon",

  • and I said, I might have to revamp all that,

  • 'cause that's not gonna, that's not gonna sit well here.

  • So, I made some adjustments,

  • and then booked the role, so.

  • - Had you...

  • I don't know what I would have done, I would have went--

  • - Dude.

  • Oh my god, no, it was a shock.

  • I was like, oh yeah I got thi-

  • Oo, wait a minute.

  • - A plot twist.

  • - Okay, put the titty up.

  • Put 'em up.

  • - Even though it's just a titty.

  • - It's just a titty.

  • - Still gotta put it away.

  • - Let's put it away.

  • - Right, right.

  • Was there a lot of like, breaks in the scene

  • for laughter and stuff? - We had so much fun.

  • That was literally the most fun I ever had

  • on any project, ever,

  • and like all we did... - Really?

  • - We were just a bunch of crazy kids,

  • havin' a good time,

  • makin' a movie about a burger.

  • - About a place that loves burgers,

  • - Yeah.

  • - That makes burgers.

  • - Have your kids seen it?

  • - Oh my God, yeah.

  • - Do they love it?

  • - So I have a granddaughter, right,

  • who's five today.

  • - Aww, happy birthday baby!

  • - It's the weirdest thing to even say that.

  • I don't even know how to fix my mouth to say those words.

  • She's five today.

  • She watches that movie constantly.

  • - Really?

  • - Constant-, like she took her tablet to the zoo today,

  • so that she can watch it while she's at the zoo.

  • - I said it's overkill, baby girl, it's overkill,

  • and she'd just look at me and say the line,

  • and I'm like okay, well.

  • - Did they also see "Moesha"?

  • - My kids have watched everything.

  • They watch my stuff; I don't even watch my stuff.

  • They watch my stuff.

  • My mom and my kids watch everything.

  • I get weird sometime

  • watching my own work.

  • - Yeah, I feel like--

  • - It's too critical.

  • - So like, as you're watching yourself,

  • you're like ah I should've done this,

  • I shouldn't have done that.

  • - Yeah, or I'll be like, damn, she sucks!

  • (both laugh)

  • But I definitely will see things, where I'm like,

  • oh, I could've done, you know, switched that up,

  • why'd they go with that take, so I don't, I don't watch it.

  • - Do your kids or anyone in your family ever call you Niecy?

  • - They will never, no.

  • - Whoop!

  • All right.

  • - No sir, mm mm.

  • - Well, since we brought "Moesha" up--

  • - Yes!

  • - We must discuss it, because

  • "Moesha", I think is one of the like,

  • most impactful Black sitcoms--

  • - Yes, yes.

  • - Because, like, it addressed and spoke to

  • a group of people that people weren't really catering to

  • like young Black girls, you know?

  • - I'm so proud of that show.

  • - Everything we did was so groundbreaking,

  • and I didn't realize it until I became an adult,

  • you know what I mean,

  • 'cause when we were doing it it just felt like--

  • - Makin' a show

  • - This is what we're doin', makin' a show.

  • To hear, like, the younger kids talk about it,

  • I'm like,

  • wow, yeah we did talk about that.

  • Oo, we did touch on that.

  • - Y'all were tacklin' issues!

  • - The Mexican and the Black, racial thing,

  • we did touch on that!

  • Oh my god, like!

  • So it was crazy, 'cause we really touched on things

  • that were happening in our neighborhoods,

  • you know what I mean,

  • and nobody else was doing that,

  • so yeah it was pretty amazing.

  • - Nobody else was doin' that.

  • I heard that you didn't have to audition for it?

  • Is that true? - I did not.

  • So--

  • - What a flex, first of all.

  • You know, go ahead flex, you know, do it!

  • - So no, I had done this other show called "South Central".

  • - I loved "South Central"!

  • - "South Central" was so good.

  • - It was so good!

  • - Fun fact,

  • did you know that was J. Lo's very first acting role?

  • - I did not.

  • Oh my gosh!

  • - So yeah, we did the show,

  • and the same producers from that show

  • are the ones that worked on "Moesha",

  • so that's why Lamont was there too.

  • And so, yeah, like, I was workin' on this other show

  • called "My So-Called Life",

  • and I just, I had like one more day and I was gonna wrap,

  • and I got a call from the producers,

  • and they were like, "Hey Shar, so listen.

  • "We're in production on this show,

  • "we shot a couple days,

  • "but the actress that we have

  • "isn't really workin' out,

  • "so we were wondering if you could come in

  • "and jump into this.

  • "We've only got like two days left.

  • "Can you, can you handle it?"

  • I was like, psh, done with this today,

  • sure I'll be there tomorrow.

  • - I'll swing by and save your little show!

  • - You know what I mean.

  • I'll save it. - I can do that.

  • (both laughing)

  • - I'm getting that on a t-shirt.

  • That's amazing. - Yes! It'll be great.

  • - But yeah, so then I just, I showed up,

  • and luckily just fit right in.

  • - Yeah, the rest is history.

  • - Yeah!

  • - You and Brandy had such amazing best friend chemistry--

  • - Bran is my girl, man!

  • Like that's--

  • - Had you met her before?

  • - Yeah; I sing, occasionally,

  • and Bran was always singing,

  • so we would cross paths a lot in that world.

  • We were both really good friends with Immature--

  • - Immature!

  • - We would always do stuff together as singers,

  • and blah blah blah blah blah,

  • so yeah, I'd known her before that,

  • but I didn't get to know her

  • until we did the show. - Until the show, yeah.

  • How did you go about

  • developing the character of Niecy,

  • like how much of Niecy was Shar--

  • - A lot, a lot.

  • I just, you know I kinda just,

  • I wanted her to be real.

  • I wanted her to be

  • that one chick that nobody ever gets to see.

  • You know what I mean?

  • Like, we had Brandy who was the straight,

  • you know, super educated,

  • you know, I'm gonna be the good girl.

  • Then, we had Countess doing the Kim character

  • which was like the off-the-cuff, crazy,

  • be gettin' in all the mischief friend.

  • I was like, well what about that chick

  • that holds them together?

  • - Right!

  • What about the glue?

  • - I wanna be the glue,

  • so I became the glue.

  • Plus, I'm a Virgo, so I'm like natural glue.

  • - Oh, is that what that means.

  • - So, I just kind of, just look it up--

  • - A little birdy told me is that

  • - Niecy was just supposed to be there for the first season?

  • - Honey, she was just supposed to be there

  • for the first episode.

  • Her name wasn't even Niecy.

  • Her name was Gail.

  • - Wow!

  • - I'm happy they changed that,

  • 'cause I didn't feel like a Gail.

  • - Gail is like a, it's definitely a--

  • - It's not a Niecy, ya know.

  • - [Both] It's not a Niecy.

  • - So, wow, not even for the first season,

  • but just for the first show. - First episode.

  • Just for the pilot,

  • that's what it was supposed to be,

  • and then...

  • - Walk me through this.

  • - They were just like,

  • every week, there was a new script on my front door.

  • It was weird.

  • - I don't know if you would've been able

  • to tell me anything after that.

  • - Oh, no no no.

  • My mom would have made sure.

  • She was like don't, hm?

  • - You still better get your dishes done.

  • - Yeah my mom didn't...

  • Wait, have you heard a story about that?

  • - No, why, you got one?