Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Sheen Magazine - Q & A with BET's "The Quad" Star, Zoë Renee

Sheen Magazine - Q & A with BET's

The Quad


Honestly, filming The Quad has been one of the best experiences of my life. It's my first TV show, so being introduced to the whole cast and how many veterans we have in the cast and learning from them and experiencing all their knowledge and soaking it all in. It's like going to school for the first time with all the new friends, the new people, plus I'm the baby on set and they're extremely protective of me and its really really fun experiencing this whole thing. I took a gap year between high school and college, so this is my first experience "in college" being at Morehouse and being able to hang out with all the Morehouse students. It was really cool, it was getting a chance to experience that.

You pursued a gap year after high school, did you apply to any colleges before you started acting?

I applied to SCAD (Savannah College for Art & Design) and applied to a few colleges for acting. I decided to take a year off mainly because I did not know if I was ready to go, I did not know what I wanted to do, I just wanted to take some time. My older brother did the same thing and I saw how much I grew up in that year and I thought it was a good idea to do the same. I have never even thought of going to HBCU, now after seeing the show, if I have time afterwards, once everything slows down, I would like to go to an HBCU now.

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The show Is filmed at Morehouse College in Atlanta; You've never gone to current college but how does it feel just being in that environment?

Noni and I are similar in a lot of ways but probably the main one

One is kind of going into a new situation, she's entering college and I'm starting a new TV show, we're entering the next chapter in our lives, but we've been training for this moment for so long, so I can Report to her hunger and her passion.

Your character, "Noni," plays the saxophone, do you have any previous experience playing the sax or did you learn the show?

I really do not play the saxophone. I did not have a lot of time with it, I did learn a few songs. Before the TV show, I never played the saxophone, I had a lot of mentors and people watching me to help make it as real as possible, it did not do the instrument justice. It was the first time I played the saxophone.

With any show, it has its fans and its critics. How have you dealt with all the attention, good or bad, the show has received?

What tips would you give women who are inspired by your beauty look and curly, natural locks?

Through this whole 'Quad' experience, I have really been able to Embrace what my hair is naturally, embrace what is it; With the kinks and the curls and all that. The team on set has literally showed me how to take care of my hair. I'm 19 years old so I'm learning so many new things that I've been doing wrong but I think the first step; I'm grateful, I want it to look good, I do not want to mess it up when I'm on set. They've really educated me on what to do, I've been using It's A 10 Keratin Leave-In and the look that "Noni" has most of the times just wash-and-go, that's detangled and defused, And then we throw in a little of leave-in condition on it and we're ready to go and let it air dry. It's tough because when I'm not on set, my hair does not get all the attention, but its really cool having that workshop where they school me on what I need to know and how to keep popping curls.

You recently worked in LA For your upcoming movie, Jinn, how did you handle that change in environment and city life?

It's interesting. Atlanta is home, I'm truly a southern girl at heart, I really love just being out in the country and feel in Atlanta, but being out in LA. Was awesome, my entire team is out there so I really get a good chance to connect with them and talk about future projects. I think I grew up a lot during that time while I was far from home but I was living my dreams while doing it. I was able to figure out a lot of things on my own, working through it on my own without my mom or my family. That was interesting, jus that little taste of independence was fun but I was also like 'I do not know if I want this.' But L.A.

Jinn is a film about a young girl, who is free and light, her name is "Summer," and she is looking for that big what. What am I going to do with my life? What am I going to go to school for? And in the midst of all this confusion her mother is questioning her religion, she has always been not very religious and she meets a woman and decides to learn more about it. It's a film that I think is very important for this time, everything that we have going on shows that this is a time where we need to film like this humanizes women and men.

What I have a few projects coming up that I'm very excited for you all to see.

They're very different from "Noni" or "Summer." Everything will be up on Twitter and Instagram, @TheZoeRenee. I'll be announcing some of them pretty soon.

The Quad comes on BET on Wednesday nights at 10PM EST

Photo by Brian Love

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