‘Parenthood’s’ Joy Bryant Works Out Acting Muscles With ‘About Last Night’



In About Last Night, Joy Bryant stars as Debbie, a single woman who’s all but given up on love. An electric Los Angeles evening with a charming guy named Danny (Michael Ealy) changes her entire outlook – that is, until reality sets in for the pair. Kevin Hart and Regina Hall co-star as Bernie and Joan, the other couple who take their passions into an entirely different (and emotionally unbalanced) level.

Based on David Mamet’s work Sexual Perversity in Chicago, the 1986 original starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. The Windy City has now been replaced with downtown Los Angeles with this iteration, and for Bryant she was more than prepared to flex her chops with this comedy. It’s a discipline and versatility she’s acquired thanks to her work on the acclaimed NBC series Parenthood.

“It’s still all the same, overall big muscle of just working and being comfortable and being relaxed,” said Bryant. “I don’t think I would have approached playing Debbie the way that I did if it weren’t for ParenthoodI get to work every day on a show with really talented people, great material, and they give us a lot of freedom to do what we want to do. I observe and learn from people who are really amazing at improv and who seem very effortless in their delivery.”

To hear Bryant talk about the joys of Parenthood and interacting with its loyal fan base, click on the audio below:

About Last Nightdirected by High Fidelity scribe Steve Pink, opens Friday. New episodes of Parenthood starts on February 27 (NBC, 10 pm et/pt).

If you’re into jazz, check out Bryant’s thoughts on Miles Davis, a post that’s featured on her blog.

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