Brooklyn, New York native Andrea-Rachel Parker is on the rise and plans to make 2018 her year! The actress caught the eyes of many in her break-out roles on Power as Destiny and on HBO’s The Deuce as Bernice. The multi-talented star has big plans for her career and gave SHEEN the inside look of just who Andrea-Rachel Parker is.
Do you mind telling us a little about yourself and how you got into acting?
I got into acting at a very young age but I honestly didn’t take it seriously. I come from a family that doesn’t necessarily believe that the entertainment industry is viable. Even though, I pursued dance and acting I always had what they called, “a real job.” I was in the science field and studied chemistry and biology for a long time. One day, I just decided to make the switch because I realized that those I grew up with were able to make a career out of their dreams. I would see them on commercials or as back up dancers for artists. So I thought to myself, if they can do it, I can do it too.
Can you tell us what it’s like playing Destiny on Power? How did you prepare yourself for the role?
Playing Destiny is really fun! I didn’t expect the backlash from what she did but I was appreciative of it because I believe it provided many layers to her. I don’t think Destiny knew what was going to happen, it was a consequence of being too trusting in her cousin. Preparing for the role was pretty easy, I kind of felt like I already knew the character. I’ve been her in some ways before. Once I knew her environment, I wanted to let go of the fear and just act.
How would you compare your role as Destiny to your role as Bernice on The Deuce?
I think Destiny has grown up around a lot of trouble and being surrounded by those that always had to make a way. With Destiny, she’s trying to stay out of trouble as much as she can. Bernice on the other hand, she is someone that is looking for an adventure and something to open up her walk of life. She comes from a small town but I feel as if she wants to live and feel like she’s living. I think that’s what compelled Bernice to move to New York City. I think she uses her fear in the new city to become more stronger. Whereas, Destiny was easily discouraged.
Now that you’ve become successful in the entertainment industry, is there anything you wish someone would’ve told you before you began your business as an actress?
I feel like there is a lot of preparation. I haven’t been caught off guard with anything I will say that it’s a long and hard process, even once you have certain notches under your belt. I appreciate the process because it’s fun and vibrant.
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