Niecy Nash is known for her roles in comedies such as Reno 911!, as the Emmy-winning host of Clean House on Style Network, and for dramatic roles including Selma. Her role as Denise “Didi” Ortley in HBO’s Getting On, taking its series bow this Sunday Dec. 13 at 10/9c, earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. She joined us to discuss the end of the series, her stint on Scream Queens, and her childhood TV crush.
We have loved watching your character Didi’s journey in Getting On. What have you loved the most about playing her?
What I loved the most about playing Didi is that she was different from any character I’ve ever played. I’m usually called to play big, broad characters. Didi is very far from that. I love that through her I was able to show the industry another side of my art.
Tell us about what it was like working with Laurie Metcalf and Alex Borstein. Did you just have a ball?
Working with Laurie and Alex is like attending a daily master class in comedy. They are brilliant and I consider myself lucky to get them up close and personal!
What can you tell us about what we expect from the series finale?
The finale is written in such a way that if the fans rally, the show could keep going, and if not, it’s simply beautiful.
You were nominated for an Emmy earlier this year for your role. Tell us about that night!
Emmy night was magical! I did not have a publicist, I was not campaigning, and so it was especially delicious to be recognized by my peers. Not to mention it was the best date night ever! Even though I did not win my category, my husband leaned over and said, “You will always be MY leading lady”. (Aww, husband!!!)
You also have a wonderful guest role in Scream Queens. How was it filming in New Orleans?
When Ryan Murphy calls, you pick up and say, “Yes”! Working on Scream Queens was the best! I’m in love with Jamie Lee and po’boys, so…
Growing up, who was your biggest TV/movie crush!
Biggest crush was Todd Bridges from Diff’rent Strokes! Hey, Willis Drummond!!!