A version of this interview with Anthony Anderson first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Down to the Wire Emmy Issue.
“Whooah! Hi Mama! I know you’re watching!” Anthony Anderson said in June after earning his second consecutive Emmy nomination as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on Black-ish.
In the hit ABC sitcom, the actor plays ad exec Dre, raising three young children in the Obama era with his surgeon wife (Tracee Ellis Ross). TheWrap spoke to Anderson about his work on the show, and how it tackles serious issues in a comedy format.
Dre will never grow. Now, the subject matter we deal with may force Dre to deal with things in an adult manner — but in terms of growing, Dre’s going to be the same dude that he always was. But you love him.
The way that we deal with tackling subject matter is really in the authenticity of the show and the authenticity of these characters and the truthfulness with which we tell the stories. There’s nothing that we won’t tackle, and we won’t censor ourselves.
Growing up in Compton in the mid-to-late ’80s, I was a victim of police brutality. Kenya Barris wrote a great script, and the words were on the page.