Angela Lewis is widely praised for her portrayal of Aunt Louie, the complicated character in FX’s crime drama “Snowfall,” which was created by John Singleton. Drama series “Snowfall” explores the complicated dynamics of the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles.

This spotlight reveals how Lewis, a Detroit native, manages to balance her acting career and parenting her toddler daughter Brooklyn.

Your character is a complex one on “Snowfall.” How did that experience go and how can you prepare for this role?

Every actor hopes to portray complex characters. We do our best to make a character more layered. Louie is complex! It is both terrifying and rewarding to be able to navigate her complex psyche. I thoroughly understand the scene, episode, the stakes, and Louie’s personal stakes. I try to imagine how she would feel about the situation and what she would do if it didn’t work out as she planned. My imagination is always firing on all cylinders.

Tell us all about your move from New York to pursue acting while you have a baby.

Everything is in perfect, divine order. My husband, actor J. Mallory Cree, was determined to move to L.A. when I got married. I was also curious. We made moving a part our wedding plans. We moved in 2014. We moved in 2014. Except for the move, there was nothing I had planned. I had my goals and I dreamed. But the timing was perfect.

From a young age, your family nurtured your creativity. What did your family do to help you achieve your professional goals?

My family has nurtured my talents since I was young, which has made me feel very supported. Actors are often told “no” and the business can cause real damage to self-esteem if they don’t provide support or self-confidence. It was life-saving to have my family by my side throughout this time.

How would you describe your daughter?

My daughter is incredible! Every day she amazes me. She is a great communicator. She is very clear about her wants and needs. Although she isn’t yet able to speak, she can use her words to express her needs and wants.

We are both very in agreement with the whole brain child/no drama approach. My daughter should be able to think independently and feel connected to the earth and others. We want to encourage her creativity and the natural gifts she has.

Our job is to help her see the options and keep her out of danger as much as possible. We are deeply in love with her and will respect and honor her autonomy. She will still want to hold my hand, but I will indulge in her love. I will let her go when she is ready. I will open my eyes and cry. Mama is always watching.

What insights have you gained on your journey to motherhood?

It was what I planned for my birth that actually happened. To welcome my baby girl into the world, I had planned for a peaceful and tranquil natural water birth at a center. Instead, she chose to go on an adventure and have fun at the hospital. All expectant mothers, especially Black and Brown moms, should know that there are more options than they think. Education and access to resources is the key to success. Hire a doula. Doulas can answer questions that you may not have thought of. Doulas can be advocates for you in hospital systems. There are many resources available. Look into everything you desire, no matter what you need, and whatever you are imagining. angela lewis

I wish I had known that birth is the wild wild west. Although you can plan everything, at the end of it all, your baby will arrive exactly as you wish. angela lewis

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