BoriquaChicks.com recently spoke with the beautiful actress Angela Robinson. Angela, who is known for the ferocious and unapologetic character, Veronica Harrington, on Tyler Perry’s wildly popular television drama on the OWN network, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” isn’t new to the acting world. Angela has spent a lot of time on Broadway, even playing the character of Shug Avery in “The Color Purple.” Angela also supports many philanthropic efforts such as The Actors Fund and the Society of Singers.
Check out our interview with
Angela Robinson below!
BoriquaChicks.com: For our audience members who haven’t seen Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots,” can you tell us what the show is about? Also, can you describe your character, Veronica Harrington?
Angela Robinson: The show centers around 2 families. One family is wealthy (the Cryers) and the other family is working class (the Youngs). The Cryers have some wealthy friends (the Harringtons). Veronica Harrington is good friends with Katheryn Cryer. These families’ lives collide when the Cryer’s new maid, Hanna Young, turns out to be the mother of Jim Cryer’s new call girl. The drama unfolds from there. Veronica Harrington grew up on the Southside of Chicago. She has great street smarts. She managed to defy the odds and go to law school and become a top attorney. The stress of some of her law cases led to her dependence on painkillers. She was hooked on prescription meds. She checked in the rehab and was not happy with the facilities available. When she got clean, she decided to build her own rehab facility. It was a huge success and has made her millions. She is worth 20 million dollars. She tells it like it is and has no patience with people who are willing to accept the status quo. She loves her family fiercely, yet her love does come with conditions, but this is the way she loves; she doesn’t know any different and wants the very best for her family. On the outside looking in, you may think “love” is not in the equation, but she does love her family. She is extremely complex and will fight till the end for fairness and justice, but will never accept mediocrity.
BoriquaChicks.com: Is the character Veronica similar to any other role you’ve played?
Angela Robinson: Yes and No. I have played many strong characters. I think Shug Avery in “The Color Purple” is strong and speaks her mind. However, I have never played a character with so many layers. Veronica is strong, smart, controlling, extremely vulnerable, and insecure at times. Because it’s a television series, we get to pull back all of the layers gradually. I am always excited to see where Mr. Perry takes the character.
BoriquaChicks.com: When fans see you on the street, do they react to you negatively because of your ruthless character as Veronica?
Angela Robinson: We have the best fans in the world. Our fans love the show, so they approach me first because of their love of the show. They share their love for the show, then they tell me all the things I (Veronica) need to work on. I love it! They are so invested. It says a lot about the show.
BoriquaChicks.com: How long have you been acting? Can you tell us about your experience on Broadway in the “The Color Purple”?
Angela Robinson: I have been acting for a very long time. I got my union card in the 90’s. “The Color Purple” was my fourth Broadway show; it was one of my favorite Broadway experiences. That says a lot because all of my Broadway experiences were good. I dreamed of being on Broadway from the time I was 10 years old. Anytime I was blessed to do it was exciting, challenging, and a dream come true. “The Color Purple” was special for many reasons: It was my longest running Broadway experience, I was with the show for 5 shows (from the beginning to the end on Broadway and the National Tour for 2 years) and Oprah and Quincy Jones, as 2 of the producers, made it exciting all of the time! Oprah’s surprise visits to the show were always exciting. She actually flew the entire cast to Chicago to appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. My family was convinced I had made it when they saw me on Oprah. “The Color Purple” touched people deeply; I was blessed to be in the number.
BoriquaChicks.com: You are part of a diverse cast. Why do you think it’s important for shows to show diversity?
Angela Robinson: It’s important for shows to look like the world looks; otherwise it’s not realistic. It’s playing reality, but it’s not real. This is 2014, and circles of friends look different, relationships look different. I think imaging is important, not stereotypical characters, but true depictions of our world. I think our show does that well.
BoriquaChicks.com: We know you support many philanthropic efforts, can you tell us about some of your recent endeavors?
Angela Robinson: I support The Actors Fund, Zimele and the Society of Singers, to name a few. As a working actor my career has seen great peaks and deep valleys. In the early days, I saw some lean times. In those lean times, The Actors Fund saved me and the Society of Singers paid my rent. They helped me to keep a roof over my head, rescued me, gave me a chance to continue pursuing my dream and never made me feel like a failure because of it. In a career where there is so much rejection, they accepted my pursuit of artistry and didn’t say I should do something else. They helped me get on my feet to continue my life as an artist and I will always support them so they can continue to help others. Zimele is an organization that helps women in South Africa learn skills to start their own businesses. Zimele means to stand on your own two feet. Many groups that help the poor in Africa collect money for them, but they never help them to get passed needing a handout. This organization puts a lot of time into teaching and training these women to start their own businesses so they can take care of their families. I have always had a special place in my heart for Africa. Also, I am a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices. We are a gospel choir made up of all Broadway performers. The voices are amazing and we give great concerts, but beyond that, we have a significant outreach program. Serving our community through music. I am an artist. Most of my outreach is dedicated to the arts and artists.
BoriquaChicks.com: Can you tell us something about yourself that many people may not know?
Angela Robinson: I love long road trips. My husband and I have the best time on very long road trips. Some of our best memories are from these trips. If I have the option to fly or drive…I will drive, no matter how far.
BoriquaChicks.com: What can we expect from Angela Robinson as your career moves forward?
Angela Robinson: I want to continue working and growing as an artist. I love what I do. I am grateful for every chance I get to do it. Expect more. My palms are face up, poised to receive whatever God has for me.
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