There are certain celebratory moments in life that you never forget where you were when you heard the good news. Today, many actors and actresses will remember their location when they found out they had been nominated for the Primetime Emmys by the Television Academy for the 73rd Annual Awards show airing on CBS tonight. Ryan Michelle Bathe is one of them, and she remembers exactly where she got the news of Sylvie’s lovethe nomination for Outstanding Television Movie and Most Congratulatory Message she received that day.
“I was in my kitchen where I am most of the time,” said the actress who played Kate in the movie Amazon Prime. The sweetest text I received and the most excited text was from Nnamdi [Asomugha]. He’s the producer and the star of the movie and he was like a heart, a smiley face, big stars and 17 emojis, ”she laughs as she shares the actor and then asks him via text:“ Are these emojis enough? ”
“It’s good to know that the nomination is for people who really like it,” adds Bathe. “It’s even more of a moment of happiness.”
Bathe was in love with the script of Sylvie’s love from the moment she first read it. The drama, which stars Tessa Thompson opposite Asomugha, follows the couple’s love story through decades, family changes, and career ups and downs. “I’ve never seen us like this,” Bathe admits. “I have never seen a period play with blacks so incredibly specific and just about love.”
While the film begins in 1962, which historically is the height of the civil rights movement in the United States, the story does not center on the pain and trauma of black people. “Look, we know what was going on in the background,” Bathe says, “but there were those times and times and spaces where our parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles were living their best lives. think we made it up, but we didn’t. They lived their best lives.… You can go back to any point in history and make a completely different movie. But the fact that we don’t ‘ve never seen this, and it was such a complete movie, and so well executed artistically and musically, which is why it meant so much to me.
Playing the role of Kate, a black woman who was a powerful television producer, was also particularly important to Bathe who grew up around black women who were pioneers in their field.
“I was in an organization called Jack and Jill, and where I lived in Connecticut, mothers worked. Many of the mothers who were in our chapter were those firsts or some of the firsts. They were among the first women in finance. They were among the first black women in the publishing industry. They were among the first black women to produce, ”she explains.
“It was an amazing opportunity to play someone who is from that lineage because there are a lot of black people who have done a lot of amazing things that we will never know,” adds Bathe. “It’s not just the Daniel Hale Williams, or the Lewis Latimer, or Martin Luther King Jr. The only reason we’re where we are is because of the unsung heroes. So for me, I just felt like this was the right place to really give these unsung heroes their flowers.