Yvette Nicole Brown Interview: ‘The Mayor’
When asked during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about what first attracted her to “The Mayor,” Yvette Nicole Brown reveals, “I loved the idea that it’s about a novice who doesn’t know what he’s doing, but he has a heart for people. I thought that in this political climate, it’s interesting to see that side of things, where if someone runs for public office and wins public office, their goal is to make their community better, and to make people’s lives better. What would that look like?”
This ABC comedy series centers on Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall), a struggling hip hop artist who runs for mayor of a small California town to promote his mix tape, unexpectedly winning the election. Brown plays Courtney’s mother Dina, a postal worker who holds her son accountable for his actions. “She’s raised her son by herself, but she’s raised him to be a good young man,” states Brown of her character. “She is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to her son; she’s very protective. She’s kind of the heart of the show, I would say, because she’s like the elder statesman.”
Brown is best known for playing Shirley Bennett on the NBC series “Community.” She has had roles in such shows as “The Big House,” “The Odd Couple,” and “Drake & Josh.”
“The Mayor” was created by Emmy nominee Jeremy Bronson (Variety Talk Writing for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in 2011) and executive produced by Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Featured Actor in a Musical for “Hamilton” in 2016).