Marlon Wayans And Essence Atkins Discuss ‘Marlon’ Chemistry And Bond

MARLON -- "Cleaning Out The Closet" Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Essence Atkins as Ashley, Marlon Wayans as Marlon -- (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)
Family sitcoms are a television fixture, but one of the elements that could put Marlon over the top is the friendship and working relationship between Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins. Check out the video below as the actors break down the bond that serves as Marlon’s foundation.

NBCUNIVERSAL UPFRONT EVENTS — 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City on Monday, May 15, 2017 — Red Carpet — Pictured: (l-r) Essence Atkins, Marlon Wayans, “Marlon” on NBC — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBCUniversal)

In the video below, Marlon Wayans describes Essence Atkins as the heart of the show. “She knows how to jump in the jump rope,’ said Wayans. “I read a book (called) Good to Great which said put great people on the bus. I’ve got a great person on the bus and I feel like (with) my co-pilot on this plane – I can go anywhere and she’s going to fly with me.”

“Our friendship has deepened, our trust has deepened,” said Atkins, who worked with Wayans on the Haunted House films. “I already knew we worked well together but telling this story, especially because it mirrors our own lives . . . he’s been there every step of the way as a co-worker, as a boss and has been nothing but loving and supporting.”

Marlon, co-starring Bresha Webb and Diallo Riddle, premieres tonight on NBC (9/8c).