Shar Jackson On How ‘Moesha’ Influenced a Generation and Her Close Relationship With Brandy

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Brandy made longtime Moesha followers desires come true when she introduced {that a} reboot of the favored 90s sitcom was within the works. Details of the reboot have but to be launched however one character many are hoping returns is Niecy Jackson, performed by Shar Jackson.

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Jackson starred on the sequence for all six seasons as considered one of Moesha’s greatest mates. Niecy is considered one of Jackson’s most beloved characters and most well-known all through her performing profession. She barred all in a brand new interview on her time engaged on the sequence, its affect, and the standing of her relationship with Moesha star, Brandy.

Shar Jackson on ‘Moesha’ as Niecy Jackson

Jackson starred as Niecy on Moesha for the whole run of the sequence. In the start, her function was minimal however grew all through their highschool years, with Niecy turning into an intricate a part of Moesha’s friend circle. She finally turns into Moesha’s closest friend and roommate in faculty.

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She didn’t should audition for the function, as she’d labored on a sitcom prior who had the identical staff of producers. She defined throughout an interview with Netflix’s Strong Black Lead podcast. 

I used to be engaged on this different present known as ‘My So-Called Life’ and I had like yet another day and I used to be going to wrap and I obtained a name from the producers [of Moesha] they usually had been like, ‘We’re on manufacturing on this present and we shot a few days however the actors that we had isn’t actually figuring out so we had been questioning in the event you may are available in?’

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The relaxation was historical past, however her character was initially solely supposed to look in a single episode – the pilot. Producers love Jackson and continued so as to add her into extra scenes, finally turning into a recurring character.

Much of Niecy’s character was infused with Jackson’s real-life character. She was an leisure junkie and aspiring dancer – Jackson in actual life was an actress and singer. She was given free rein to develop Niecy into who she needed her to be and was intentional in how she went about it.

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“We had Brandy who was the straight, super educated, ‘I’m going to be the good girl’…then we had Countess [Vaughn] doing the Kim character which was like the off the cuff, crazy and getting into all the mischief friend and I was like well what about the chick that holds them together,” she defined.

Shar Jackson on ‘Moesha’s’ affect and her relationship with Brandy

Jackson defined that her love of the present is because of its means to efficiently deal with essential material, particularly for Black youngsters coming of age on the time. 

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I’m so happy with that present. Everything we did was so groundbreaking and I didn’t understand it till I grew to become an grownup. When we had been doing it, it simply felt like we had been making a present. To hear the youthful children speak about it, I’m like ‘Woah, yeah we did talk about that. The Mexican and the Black racial thing, we did touch on that.’ So it’s loopy as a result of we actually touched on issues that had been taking place in our neighborhoods and no person else was doing that.

Jackson additionally defined that the present’s success was partially because of the chemistry of the solid, particularly her relationship with Brandy. They’d identified one another via trade circles as they had been each singers, however their relationship grew whereas engaged on the present.

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“Bran is my girl,” Jackson beamed. “I didn’t get to know her [intimately] until we did the show.”

The Niecy character appeared on different Black sitcoms moreover Moesha, with visitor roles within the Moesha spinoff The Parkers, in addition to Girlfriends, and Clueless – displaying the affect the character and present had throughout its time.

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