Niecy Nash (Selma, Scream Queens) is returning to TV with the premiere of her TNT comedy-drama, Claws, in which she stars as a money laundering salon owner. The two-time Emmy nominee sat down for EW’s Beyond Beautiful series to talk about obstacles in her career, advice she has for her younger self, and how she feels the industry is progressing.
A self-proclaimed “lover of people,” Nash said, “The one thing I will say about progress in the entertainment business is … there’s always #More that can be done.” She added, “I celebrate the fact that, you know, there are so many black and brown women leading series right now, but the world is bigger than black and brown women too. There’s a whole lotta other women who got stories to tell. So I do believe that there’s progress being made, but #More.”
Nash, whose career really took off when she landed a role on Comedy Central’s Reno 911, says her biggest professional challenge has been getting people “to think differently in how they see me,” often taking matters into her own hands. “I’ve had to call a whole team meeting and just say, ‘I just wanted to reintroduce myself to you, ’cause I changed,” the 47-year-old Southern California native explained. “There are things that have happened in my being that make me not the same client you signed two or three years ago. And with that said, here’s where I’m going. Now you can come with me, or not.”
After more than two decades in the business, Nash’s advice for an earlier version of herself is the same guidance she gives other people now: “Trust your gift. Where other people doubted it, it was my job to trust it, to trust what they doubted. And that’s why it’s not called ‘them-esteem,’ it’s called ‘self-esteem.'”
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Claws premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. E.T. on TNT.