Showtime’s new hit legal drama series, YOUR HONOR, starring Bryan Cranston (Michael Desiato) and Hunter Doohan (Adam Desiato), season finale is quickly approaching and airs February 14. No Valentine’s Day plans? Well, now you do. And if you’re wondering if the show is worth the hype? Yes, yes it is.
YOUR HONOR features a highly respected judge (Bryan Cranston) whose son (Hunter Doohan) is involved in a hit and run. As the lies build up, viewers see how far a father will go to save his son.
Before the season finale, we had the chance to sit down with Andrene Ward-Hammond who plays the role of “Big Mo” on the show. We chatted with Andrene about filming during a pandemic, how she relates to her character, and her career thus far. She even gave some advice for young actors!
Check out our full interview with Andrene below.
The Knockturnal: In which ways do you relate to, or not relate to, your character on the show?
Andrene Ward-Hammond: “Both Big Mo and I are incredibly down-to-earth women, who are fierce protectors of our families, tribes, and communities. Unlike Big Mo, I am fearful of prison, so I try to keep all my dealings above board.”
The Knockturnal: How is your character “Big Mo” different from other characters that you have played in the past?
Andrene Ward-Hammond: “She’s a badass boss! Definitely more fearless than anyone I’ve played in the past. Not often does one get to play a character in a position generally only seen played by men. Unassuming, powerful, and heavily respected.”
The Knockturnal: What has it been like filming throughout the pandemic? What has been the hardest part? What has been something positive to come out of it?
Andrene Ward-Hammond: “Filming during the pandemic has been interesting to say the least. Lots of precautions taken to ensure all parties, cast, and crew, are safe. Honestly, it feels like the safest place to be in the outside world because everyone is respecting and following all the safety guidelines. The hardest part, for me personally, is not being able to interact, hug, and play with my friends on set. Given the social climate, those little things are helpful. The time will come again…but I do miss it. The positive? In a time when so many are suffering, I’m just grateful to be back at work…and because we test so often, I ALWAYS know my COVID status.”
The Knockturnal: When was your “aha” moment where you realized that you wanted to pursue acting as a career?
Andrene Ward-Hammond: “I tried when I was younger; I’ve always loved theatrical performance. But, when I got sick and the doctors said there was a possibility of death…what did I have to lose? I just started having fun, playing, taking classes. A friend encouraged me to put caution to the wind, and it has been a whirlwind since.”
The Knockturnal: What has been the most special moment of your acting career thus far?
Andrene Ward-Hammond: I don’t have anyone special moment, but the most memorable ones have been gaining new friends in this process…in an industry, I couldn’t have imagined, in my wildest dreams, I would be a part of. Working with people I only once admired from afar, who are now my peers, my friends. Every show is a family I’ve been gifted to be a part of.
The Knockturnal: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What is your dream project?
Andrene Ward-Hammond: In 10 years, I hope to be in a place to provide more opportunities for others in some capacity. This industry seems inaccessible to many because many don’t know where to be, not necessarily in front of the camera, but behind. I know so many amazing artists…makeup artists, stylists, designers…I’m hoping to provide doors for them. Dream project?! I love comedies, but I don’t have one project in mind. Each project I’ve had has been a manifestation better than any dream I’ve had.
The Knockturnal: What advice do you have for young actors?
Andrene Ward-Hammond: Don’t compare a person’s “success” at year 10, to that of yours at year 2. This journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Be patient with yourself. In those moments when you feel stagnant, you are steps ahead of the last moment…and you’re doing well! Stay the course!