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

Transcript

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