Actress Sanaa Lathan On What It's Really Like to Do a Sex Scene
Shots Fired star Sanaa Lathan reflects on the career she almost had before becoming an actress, what it's like to shoot a sex scene and more in a new video interview.
Released on 7/13/2017
I thought I wanted to be a lawyer.
I was kind of a nerd, but I was always around the business
'cause both my parents are in the business.
When it came time to decide what I wanted to do
when I really researched being a lawyer,
I realized I had no interest.
So I was like, let me do what I like to do
and I kind of pursued acting and it kind of worked out.
What was the first job I got?
You know what, I got a Secret deodorant commercial.
When I came out of drama school,
it wound up paying my rent for a year.
It felt like a mini movie.
It was like me getting ready with my boyfriend
and like rushing around the house and like,
pouring coffee and kissing him and I felt like
I did a little mini movie that day.
Shots Fired is the show that I'm on right now.
It is a 10-hour mystery thriller that is very
reflective of the world that we're living in right now.
I play Ashe Akino.
I call her #BadAshe.
She is an investigator with the Department of Justice.
She's going through a crisis in her personal life
that kind of threatens her being a mother
to her child.
I have some good sex scenes with some cutie pies.
Sometimes it feels like soft porn.
TV is getting racier and racier
so you have to do it, it's part of the job.
But I'm lucky on this one.
I had some good guys to do my little love scenes with.
Oh yeah, well my dad was one of the first,
I can probably say first black directors in TV
and he used to direct Sesame Street
and he blindfolded me one year.
I don't know what year it was, but I must've been
like Sesame Street age because I was really excited
when he took the blindfold off and I was on the set
of Sesame Street and I got to meet Big Bird.
That was my biggest thrill at that point in my life.
And then now as I get older,
I just don't want to celebrate anymore.