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Being Mary Jane: Jill Scott talks guest role, interracial dating

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SPOILER ALERT: The following contains details from “Hot Seat,” Tuesday’s episode of Being Mary Jane

Have you recovered from what went down during the last episode of Being Mary Jane? “Hot Seat” featured a slew of all-important firsts, like Mary Jane dating a white man and Jackie (played by singer-actress Jill Scott) making an appearance in an attempt to connect with her daughter Niecy.

Jackie’s debut on the show answered a slew of questions – like Why isn’t Niecy’s mom ever around? What kind of history did she have with Patrick? What type of character traits did she pass down to Niecy? – and helped create a complex backstory for an incredibly multi-dimensional character. And, as it turns out, she – just like the Paul clan – has a fair amount of issues, namely guilt about being absent from her daughter’s life and a struggle to etch out a career as a celebrity hair stylist. But with her fun-loving attitude and a sound perspective, it’s no wonder that Niecy loves her mom – and now we do too. Here, Scott answers some quickfire questions about her guest role.

How Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil approached her about a guest role: “A text from Mara! It was an offer I couldn’t turn down.”

On relating to Jackie’s “mom guilt”: “I understand. It’s all about finding a balance though.”

“You’re not your situation, baby. You’re the architect of your own dreams. Just start building, one brick at a time.” Thoughts on those lines? “Absolutely true. Couldn’t have said it better myself.”

Most surprising aspect of the BMJ set: “How realistic it was and that it felt like home.”

On Mary Jane dipping into an interracial relationship: “She should do whatever makes her happy! Being happy is the most important thing, whatever route it takes you.”

On a possible return to the show: “I don’t know, but I hope so. It’s an amazing show!”

Being Mary Jane airs Tuesdays on BET at 10 p.m.