Actress DeWanda Wise reprises her role as artist Nola Darling for the second season of “She’s Gotta Have It” on Netflix.
The series was created and directed by Spike Lee, who also served as executive producer with his wife Tonya Lewis Lee. It reimagines Lee’s 1986 film with the same name in a present-day gentrifying Brooklyn.
Rolling out spoke exclusively with Wise at Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday night, May 23, 2019, about her favorite Spike Lee joints, her reaction to Lee winning an Oscar earlier this year, and her take on the abortion restrictions that have been passed by eight U.S. states.
Wise didn’t hesitate when asked to name her favorite Spike Lee films. “Bamboozled. I love Crooklyn. She’s Gotta Have It. I actually love She Hate Me a whole lot,” she said.
In February, Wise was as excited as anyone in Black Hollywood when Lee won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman in between the first and second seasons of “She’s Gotta Have It.”
“You know when Spike wins, we feel like we win,” she said.
Finally, when asked her opinion about the eight states that have passed controversial abortion legislation, a smiling Wise turned serious.
“Don’t make me cry on the carpet,” she said. “It’s devastating, and it’s also confounding and infuriating.”
Watch season two of “She’s Gotta Have It” on Netflix now and click to the next page to hear the complete video interview with Wise, including how she approaches playing a character like Nola Darling.