LM: Working with Jermaine allows you to bring different elements to each character. He creates
the words but he allows you to bring a backstory to the role. He finds great joy is testing your
strength and your dedication. Jermaine’s a tweaker who watches then shapes you to reflect his
vision. Once you learn the lines he allows you to bring your own personal touches and that’s
important in the creative process.
While filming this movie (drama, etc.) how were you impacted personally from the
story that it’s portraying?
LM: I wanted to give her the ability to fight with her spirit! I needed to give a voice to homeless
people so that people realize we are all just 2 paychecks away from being in a serious situation
when there is no support system. I loved the opportunity to play this role.
Producer Jermaine Smith on Lorene Martinique: Lorene lost herself inside of her character.
She came to set looking the part, smelling the part and living the part as Halle Berry did in her
When was your first role as an actor or actress?
NW: I portrayed a mistress to a Pastor In college in
1997 in the play was “Don’t Bother Me I can’t Cope” by
Dr. C. Lee Turner
What’s it like working with Producer Jermaine
NW: Jermaine’s a blessing, he has given so many
people their first opportunity in this business. He
Neyoka Wells (Guest Pastor)
play version (which she performed in as well) to now the big screen is unbelievable.
inspiration + style
auditioning for her part in Jungle Fever. To see where she brought this character from in the stage