Get ready to make Hulu’s “Reasonable Doubt” your new favorite legal drama. The courtroom series – created, written and produced by ‘Scandal’ alum Raamla Mohamed, featured the new high-profile lawyer on the TV block, and her name is Jacqueline ‘Jax’ Stewart (portrayed by Emayatzy Corinealdi ). “Reasonable Doubt” comes with an all-star cast that includes Michael Ealy, McKinley Freeman, Sean Patrick Thomas and Pauletta Washington and a production team stacked with executive producers like Kerry Washington and Larry Wilmore.
“The biggest piece of advice Kerry gave me was to make sure I take my vitamins at the start of the show.”
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a black female protagonist lead a mainstream legal drama. Most memorably, Viola Davis’ Annalize Keating in “How to Get Away With Murder” helped pave the way for others like her. But others like Washington’s Olivia Pope of “Scandal” and Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyon of “Empire” also contributed to the rise of the archetype which has spread across all television genres.
Directing a television series is by no means an easy task. The revolution spurred by the above has led to a myriad of beloved shows featuring famous black women – including “Insecure”, “Harlem”, “Run the World”, “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and “Queen Sugar” – although it took years for it to come to fruition. However, Corinealdi now has the honor of joining these giants, and she tells POPSUGAR that she enlisted some wise words from Washington — who also directed the pilot episode of “Reasonable Doubt” — to help her prepare. .
“The biggest piece of advice Kerry gave me was to make sure I took my vitamins at the start of the show,” she jokes, “because it was going to be long days and stuff, but Kerry is really a fantastic support system throughout. Her background, obviously, as the Kerry Washington that we know as an actor, she brought all of that to the making of the pilot, and that really influenced everything that I I did. She just had such a thoughtful approach to directing it made it a really enjoyable experience to have. That was my favorite part, Kerry was truly such a joy to work with.”
Corinealdi isn’t the only one with great things to say about Washington’s contributions to “reasonable doubt.” Thomas, who plays Brayden, tells POPSUGAR he admires what the former “Scandal” star has accomplished both on and off screen.
“Kerry Washington is very, very involved in her community, involved politically, and she talks a lot about equal opportunity for women,” he says. “Seeing her put that into practice and in force on her own production amazed me…I have so much admiration for Kerry for putting her money where she is and empowering all those women in front and behind the camera to be all they can be anyway.”
The first two episodes of “Reasonable Doubt” are now streaming on Hulu.
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