Interview: Jasmin Savoy Brown
If you watch Stitchers (she plays Nina) or The Leftovers (she plays Evie), you know Jasmin Savoy Brown. If you don’t then for the love of all that is good – click here for Stichers and here for The Leftovers. Get caught up!
Jasmin had made guest appearances in a number of great shows before landing on The Leftovers. Besides acting she is a talented musician and singer. We had a chance to ask her a few questions.
Check out our interview below and be sure to keep an eye out for her – she has a number of projects in the works.
Q. What is Nina’s best quality?
Nina’s best quality is her sense of self. She knows who she is and isn’t afraid to proudly and confidently be what that is: an intelligent, knowledgable, confident nerd.
Q. Your character in Stichers is a pop culture “nerd”. Are you into comic books in real life?
In real life, I am not into comic books. But I am a nerd about Broadway – I am obsessed and that love was my key into Nina’s mind.
Q. Was it difficult to come into a show, as what some shippers would consider, the other woman?
Not at all! It was FUN! In fact, I had no idea what a big deal my presence on the show was until Jeff (Schechter) said to me one day, “Don’t worry. It’s going to be very hard for people to hate Nina.” And I thought… “Wait, why would people hate me?!” Then I figured it out. HA! And it made it even more fun. I love to stir up some trouble and make people mad. 😉 Because it’s all in good fun.
Q. How was your experience working on The Leftovers? (one of the best shows on TV in recent memory)
Working on The Leftovers is my favorite experience thus far in my career. It felt like I was being paid to attend a master class – in my opinion that show hosts some of the best working actors alive right now. And I had the opportunity to watch them do their thing in real time and learn from them, what a gift. Beyond that, every single person from cast to crew was the kindest, most humble, lovely person, and truly welcomed every new cast member (the Murphy clan) to the family with open arms. I love The Leftovers with a deep fierce love.
Q. Your bio shows a number of instruments you play. Do you have a favorite instrument?
My favorite instrument to play is my voice, followed by the violin. My favorite instrument to listen to is the cello.
Q. How did you get into ASL?
I discovered ASL thanks to Evie in The Leftovers. Evie (my character in The Leftovers) speaks ASL with her mother, Erica (Regina King), so we had to learn it for the show. And I fell in love!
Q. Charity you are most passionate about?
Peace Over Violence, a non profit organization that provides free counseling and resources for survivors of abuse. They are based out of LA, but have hotlines that are available 24 hours a day that anyone can call into and receive free counseling, or just have someone to talk to.
Q. What’s the nicest thing a fan has ever done for you?
I love this question! A fan sent me a necklace of an infinity tree. She has no idea how much I love trees, but for whatever reason, she was compelled to send it to me. That deeply touched me.