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  • - I have imposter syndrome, big time,

  • because I first started off as a singer

  • and I thought that was gonna be the route that I took

  • and then life change things, and I end up acting by a fluke.

  • Hi, my name is Da'vine Joy Randolph,

  • and this is On the Rise.

  • Every job still feels very new and I'm shocked when

  • I get cast or have these opportunities to do these jobs.

  • So I'm learning as I go and I feel nervous to be like

  • I'm an actor, but I'm an actor.

  • (chill hip-hop music)

  • When I read the script, Lost City to me was a modern take

  • or adaptation on Romancing the Stone.

  • - There were just hundreds of snakes in this temple

  • just waiting for us to show up?

  • - What, why aren't they biting that guy?

  • - This is ridiculous.

  • Delete, delete, delete.

  • - A writer who writes romance novels,

  • so like the ones that you see

  • as you're like leading the supermarket,

  • and you have like, the Fabio on the cover.

  • So that's Channing Tatum

  • and he is like the model for these romance novels

  • who takes his job very serious.

  • Sandra Bullock plays the writer.

  • I play her best friend slash publicist slash manager,

  • all encompassing, I do it all.

  • Basically she gets kidnapped by Harry Potter,

  • AKA Daniel Radcliffe.

  • I have to say it is so deliciously wonderful

  • to see him play a villain, 'cause you're like, oh,

  • all those years when you were the sweet little boy

  • you actually wanted this side to come out too

  • and so Channing and myself and my assistant go to find her.

  • - If I don't get to this island,

  • my friend and her cover model are going to die.

  • - I am driving. - Oh, oh, oh.

  • - I first called myself a singer young.

  • I think other people called me a singer

  • and I just, I owned it.

  • I'm good at this, I have a talent for this, a good ear,

  • rhythm, those types of things.

  • I could mimic things that I could hear on the radio

  • or on a CD, back then.

  • I was a pretty wacky kid, had lots of energy,

  • no one in my family have the like, performance gene.

  • My mom was always like sing that thing you learned this week

  • or show 'em that dance, or, so I was always performing

  • for family and friends.

  • Now whether they just thought it was a cute kid thing maybe

  • but it was full production, hair, makeup, wardrobe

  • the whole nine, I was very into it.

  • I'm from Philadelphia, so I thought I very much so

  • had a New York vibe, my school was a theater school

  • so I thought, you know, Broadway if anything.

  • And when I got here to New York

  • they had me meeting everyone.

  • I booked a musical, Ghost the Musical,

  • the musical based off of the movie.

  • The lady who was doing it on the West End had got hurt

  • and so they decided to fly me from here

  • the day after Thanksgiving to London.

  • They taught me the role in four days,

  • I went on for the fifth day.

  • I had made my like career debut on the West End,

  • which is like, unheard of.

  • It was the wildest thing.

  • The next week I had five auditions,

  • and I ended up booking in one week, the Good Wife,

  • an original play at the Atlantic Theater Company,

  • and then I ended up doing Robin Williams's last movie

  • and everything just kind of fell in the place

  • but that's kind of how my life has been.

  • I haven't been, I'm definitely not in the driver's seat

  • by any means necessary,

  • but I've now grown to see all the amazing things

  • that come out of it.

  • So I've learned to relinquish control

  • and just be willing to be open to

  • what is literally handed to me.

  • I just got finish doing Rustin,

  • Netflix is doing Bayard Rustin

  • and I get to portray Mahalia Jackson

  • and that was something in speaking of like intent,

  • that was like in the quiet, buried pages of my journal

  • that I was like, I want to play Mahalia Jackson.

  • My worlds are merging now

  • and I really want to personally produce

  • and begin doing biopics of women in general, obviously

  • but certain Black women who are entertainers.

  • It's really nice to see those worlds meld

  • and I've always joked and said, as my retirement

  • I would then full blown, go into singing

  • and just retire in Europe and be an opera singer.

  • My favorite role is probably Cherise from High Fidelity.

  • - Does she seem sadder than usual or is it the sweater?

  • - Sweater.

  • - To have that much freedom and play

  • and to be filming in the city that you're in, that's huge

  • and that doesn't always happen.

  • To have the great privilege to work alongside Zoe Kravitz

  • and to see her be such a boss and do so many things at once

  • and to see it all come together was so amazing.

  • There was so much love for that character that was felt

  • and given and put into, it was just all encompassing.

  • It was amazing.

  • The city is a whole 'nother character.

  • You can't fight it, they're a part of it.

  • You'll have people across the street watching you

  • while you're working, people screaming, like,

  • I wanna be in it, you know what I mean?

  • Or they'll walk in, it's amazing.

  • I mean, at this point, right,

  • I think I've had so many wonderful experience

  • of like Eddie Murphy and Tracy Morgan,

  • Steve Martin, Martin Short,

  • I'm at least feel comfortable in the arena.

  • I'm no longer like, oo, trepidatious, 'cause it's like

  • someone teaching a kid how to swim.

  • They just throw you in there.

  • So eventually you're like, oh, okay.

  • I figured out how to stay afloat.

  • The biggest high of my career was Dolomite,

  • from start to finish.

  • Eddie Murphy was so gracious.

  • He told the studio, whatever press he does

  • he wanted to make sure I did as well,

  • and that's beyond.

  • I would say the two biggest moments,

  • one having a heart to heart with him when we wrapped,

  • and then I would say when we World Premiered,

  • tons and tons of people in that theater

  • and we all came out and they gave Eddie a standing ovation

  • and then it came to me and they gave me a standing ovation

  • and I never expected anything like that

  • and it was overwhelming.

  • At this point, I do not feel as though I've made it.

  • I respect this craft and the people who are in it

  • and I know what I strive for.

  • I do think I am on the path and things are starting

  • to resonate and stick and I'm very grateful for that.

  • My thing is like, be a good person,

  • love what you love, work hard at it

  • and I feel as though the world takes care of you.

  • I would be insane to think that I've made it.

  • I do think I want to continue to see that through.

  • There's still an excitement.

  • What other interesting stories even that I

  • would want to bring to the table could I do?

  • So it's like a deeper meaning for me than

  • celebrity or famous.

  • I got my dog, a Frenchie, she's so cute, Ella.

  • I got her and then two weeks later I booked a movie

  • and now when her carrier comes out,

  • she knows we're going to the airport.

  • And she jumps in there.

  • I put a little outfit on her.

  • Oh, she's the star of any airport.

  • Now she's famous, I'm not, they don't care.

  • They don't wanna take a picture of me.

  • They're like, oh, can I take a picture of your dog?

  • All of this is very surreal for me.

  • I thought I was going to tour the world

  • living in Europe and being an opera singer.

  • Every job, every time I'm on a set,

  • there's always this euphoric moment.

  • I never thought this.

  • So it's it extremely overwhelming

  • if I'm honest and humbling.

- I have imposter syndrome, big time,

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