Regina King Interview: ‘Seven Seconds’
“I had to take the role,” declares Regina King in our exclusive webcam interview (watch the video above) about playing the mother of a teenage boy involved in an accidental hit and run in the Netflix limited series “Seven Seconds.” “The universe put it into my lap, and I accepted it, and just hope that it makes some people who wouldn’t have ever considered another person’s story, consider it,” the actress reveals. “It’s not [just] a story, it’s a reality for a lot of people.”
In “Seven Seconds,” King does some heavy lifting playing a heartbroken mother who not only discovers her child has been critically injured, but that the crime has been covered up by police in an effort to protect the officer who thought he had left the boy for dead. “To lose a child is unimaginable, but then to lose a child at the hands of someone else, is even more devastating,” the actress explains. “It is so important to honor the pain that parents feel when they go through this and because it is something that is so much of a reality right now in American culture.”
After three seasons on ABC’s “American Crime,” for which the actress won two consecutive Emmys and was nominated again last year, King joined the cast of Veena Sud‘s dark portrait of a cold and unforgiving city in which law enforcement cover up a brutal crime in the face of a family’s pain and loss. It was yet another role that gave King the opportunity to explore themes of social justice, family, racism and class that have so often made headlines daily in America.
“When privilege is your norm, equality can feel like oppression. You watch this story and you see people that love a life of privilege, and not just privilege because of the color of their skin, but because they abuse the badge that they wear.”
“This is kind of like an anthropology lesson, a study on behavior,” King adds. “Just like you can pass down DNA, like the same eyes as a family member, and all these physical attributes, I think things like pain and guilt, those things can be passed down as well. When you come from a line, a lineage that has a lot of oppressing people, that plays itself out a certain way, and when you have a lineage that comes from people that have been oppressed, that plays out a certain way.”