Title character in The CW’s new superhero production Naomi She has superhuman abilities, but her hair is very black and very braided.
This is not a coincidence, the actress said Kaci Walfall, the Equalizer, Power and Military wives alum who will deftly charm audiences as Naomi briefly when the manga drama opens at 9pm this Tuesday.
Written and executive produced by Ava DuVernay (When they see us) and showrunner Jill Blankenship (Arrow), the DC comic book film adaptation also starring Barry Watson (7th Heaven), Mouzam Makkar (Diary of a vampire), Mary-Charles Jones (Kevin can wait), Alexander Wraith (Agent of Marvel SHIELD) and Cranston Johnson (Hap and Leonard).
“We tried our hair on when we first started,” Walfall revealed to TVLine. “My mother may have some paintings. There are false positions and different types of braids. Miss Ava chose the box braid for the pilot, and I love it so much. The parts are really cool. There’s so much you can do with braids, and I really love the styles we do on the show. ”
Naomi, a cool, bright, glasses-wearing and confident teenager, realizes her hidden destiny in the pilot as well as the many similarities she has with her Superman idol after an “actor”. stunt” locally feeds her blog and more about the Man of Steel may not be mythical.
For example, Naomi was adopted, just like Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent. But that story coming from someone who looks like Naomi goes even further among modern fervors, Walfall shares.
“The first time I read the lines, ‘I was adopted, so I was cast,’ was for my audition scene,” Walfall revealed. “Jill and Ava write so beautifully, I get goosebumps. McDuffies is all about love, respect, and inclusion. What other show has a white father [Watson], a South Asian mother [Makkar] and a black daughter? ”
Naomi’s sexuality is equally fluid, and in the first two episodes a love square begins to form as the heroine shows an equal interest in Nathan (Daniel Puig), Anthony (Will Meyers) and Lourdes (Camila Moreno).
“Naomi really is herself, so of course, people will be drawn to that,” commented Walfall. “She’s also a teenager, so expect surprises when it comes to her love life.”
To Naomi’s strength, Dee (Wraith), a tattoo parlor owner with her own secret skills and abilities, has Naomi’s best interest and becomes her reluctant mentor. On the other hand, Zumbado (Johnson)’s intentions are less transparent, but he certainly knows about her abilities. This may or may not include flight and supercharged hearing, so expect some fight scenes in the future.
Until then, Naomi has her trusty skateboard with which she rides briskly across town – a feat Walfall accomplished with the help of stunt double Nadia Lorencz.
“I couldn’t get on the skateboard because I was 17 years old and inexperienced,” said Walfall. “But Nadia is great, and she really suits me physically. I am really grateful to the stunt coordinators. I have a background in choreography, and when it comes to choreography, I find my strength in that. It’s like dancing with a partner.”
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https://tvline.com/2022/01/10/naomi-preview-kaci-walfall-season-1-the-cw-dc-comics/ Season 1 preview of ‘Naomi’ premiere: Kaci Walfall talks with braids, stunts