Doesn’t the irony just wash over you like an acid bath? Your questions don’t matter, and what you put out is not real. So I joke and say, “If they ever want to do a flashback to before the zombie apocalypse in an air conditioned room, I am the girl to call.” But as long as they’re in the woods with soot and dirt on their faces in the summer time, I’m going to have to pass.Super polarizing season this year.It is!What side of the pole are you on?I have always been someone that affords a creator the opportunity to create the show that they want to make. I watched everything. You could do better, because we don’t do that here. “The baby bakes? That’s what someone said on Twitter. And if you were rotten, he let you know you were rotten, and you didn’t have to be that way. You knew he was multi-talented, but what’s been happening lately …Listen, if you Google me talking about Donald Glover as far back as 2009 or ’10, I have said this from the beginning: I have never met anyone more talented in every creative endeavor than Donald Glover. I thought that was a perfect way to say it. So the first thing I try to see is, is this someone that is reachable? When they yelled cut on “Community,” Donald went and sat in front of his computer and wrote a song, or went and sat in front of his computer and wrote a script, or did a treatment. My heart broke. I can get out of the car, but I don’t get to ride in someone’s passenger seat or back seat and dictate where they’re taking me. I never thought that your vocation or your profession prevents you from speaking up about things that grieve your spirit.I believe that you are given a platform to use responsibly. So I look at acting as an opportunity to say, “What can I give to people today?”I think of my Twitter page the same way. What’s cool about that for you?You know what’s cool about it is I always think of acting as an offering. And he created sets with lovely, wonderful people for that reason.I felt his loss stronger in certain instances than some family members that I lost, because there’s not a time in my life where he wasn’t a part of it. I feel like those of us that have watched the show from the very beginning, we’ve seen entrails out of people, we’ve seen bloated walkers in wells, we’ve seen people literally ripped to shreds. There’s a lot of people that get a pass for bad behavior because they’re talented, and this industry rewards bad behavior, and you see people that are horrible just continue to get opportunity after opportunity. He can dance, he can sing, he can draw, he can bake, he can write, he can rap. So it’s very evenly measured. That’s the first time this season we’ve held on to 100% of our lead-in. Let’s redo all of this. When they yelled cut on “Community,” I went to the craft services table, as anybody who watched me balloon on that show will know. They are telling their story, and I as a fan do not have a right to dictate the ride they take me on. That’s not saying they can’t open up a book, Google a reputable news source and find out, they just don’t know. There’s actually a video of me talking to [TV Line’s] Michael Ausiello where I cried like a baby through the whole interview about Garry. I feel like there’s a lot going on in the world, and if I can be a part of something that makes people forget something at their job, or something in politics or whatever, for 30 minutes, what a gift that is. All she just needs is some more quality time with Oprah.For the self-admitted super-enthusiast of all things entertainment, Brown’s got just about all her bases covered: she’s a prominent network TV actress (see the insta-classic sitcom “Community” and the current incarnation of “The Odd Couple”); she’s turned her addiction to “The Walking Dead” into regular guest spots on the aftershow “Talking Dead”; she put her red carpet reporter hat on to host the Hollywood Foreign Press Association official live stream of the Golden Globes red carpet; and she just added a regular role on “SuperMansion” to her flourishing voice actress career — which includes stints as Beyoncé on “Bojack Horseman” and Amanda Waller on “DC’s Super Hero Girls.”She’s the ultimate fusion of star and fan, as she reveals in a wide-ranging conversation with Moviefone that includes her thoughts on her ongoing projects, her take on the current season of “TWD,” her outspoken Twitter account, the long-apparent genius of Donald Glover, her lifelong love for the late Garry Marshall, and why she needs a real sit-down with the Queen of All Media.Moviefone: When the Stoopid Monkey guys called you for “SuperMansion,” were you already a fan, or did you have to check it out?Yvette Nicole Brown: I was already a fan. The hosting and the “Talking Dead” is me taking. I’ve had the, “Hi, I’m Yvette, I love you” moment, but I want to have a sister-girl sit-down, fry-some-chicken, talk-about-life moment, and I hope one day I achieve enough where I can get that invitation.One of the things I love about you is that you are a fan as much as you are a pro.I am a fan more than I’m a pro.Tell me what’s happening inside your head in a case like this, as in some of the other things you do where you’re living out the fan dream, when you get to show up thinking “I’d pay you guys to be here.”I actually hosted the Golden Globes red carpet for the Hollywood Foreign Press and Twitter and I had a moment where it was like, “I need to cut somebody a check. The only person I can think of that even comes close to his level of caring for other people is Henry Winkler. I knew something was wrong when he told his followers not to watch the DNC. Because if they’re reachable and they just don’t know, then I’m going to try to share what I can to pull them back from the brink.But you’ve got someone in power working against that by calling news fake, and vilifying journalists, and saying that anything that is said that doesn’t come from this source is not true. I think he’s a good egg and will remain a good egg until the Lord calls him.Tell me about being an actress, and being Yvette on camera, too. I’ve never felt that your vocation prevents you from being American. It’s me getting to talk about television shows that I absolutely love. I’ve talked to Greg Nicotero and Scott Gimple about being a walker. When we were there first season, and he brought in sweet potato pies, little mini pies that he had made himself? He was simply the best that there was. This right here …” Or refuse the check they give me, because this is my childhood dream come true.I’m interviewing Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn and Tracee Ellis Ross and Octavia Spencer and Donald Glover. I got a call about an audition. That’s why I’ve been begging to everyone, I’m like, “Guys just watch these last three. So I watched the RNC. Then to get to work with him, and he was lovely, funny, and an encyclopedia of sitcom info.When he did the episode he did with us, getting to act with him was amazing because he’s got little tidbits: “When you cross, you make sure you ring the doorbell, then knock on the door — it’s funnier.” And sure enough, if you rang the doorbell and then knocked, the crowd went “Yaaah!” It’s like he understood the math of how a joke hit someone in the funny bone. It’s me as little Yvette from east Cleveland being around people whose work energizes me. So we needed to take Oprah to, like, crazy town. The reason that episode, the first episode, destroyed as much as it did, was because it was someone that we had been with from the very beginning, and it happened to him.But we’ve seen violence equal to, or at times worse, than what we saw in that episode. As a black woman, a double minority, who would I be if I did not speak out against that evil?And I don’t care what office he’s in. How do you handle that?Most of them are ignorant — and I didn’t say “dumb,” I said “ignorant.” They don’t know, and a lot of them don’t know that they don’t know. I think I could probably be a walker. Because this is a man that has the most power in the world telling the people that are going to keep him in check “You don’t matter. Garry treated you exactly the same and it was with love and kindness. I give and I take, and I hope that I give in the same measure that I take so that the scale stays balanced.You, of course, are a well-known “Walking Dead” superfan. Because I don’t want it if I didn’t earn it, and I definitely don’t want it if somebody wants me because it benefits them, and that person is possibly a war criminal.”You guys don’t know yet about the future of “The Odd Couple”?We don’t. I watched every minute of it. I’ve watched every debate from all of the parties. That’s just rude.So I thought that the first episode was brutal, but I felt that in order to pay homage to the comic book, it had to be. I love stop-motion animation, so they had me with that. He’s not the best of America. I love entertainment, so at every point in my life, there’s a Garry Marshall moment, a Garry Marshall memory. It is my sincere prayer that he will get better. You add in Bryan Cranston and Keegan-Michael Key, I’m sold. My heart broke when he did what he did to that CNN reporter. You’re straddling both worlds now. I don’t care if you were a street sweeper, or President of the United States. So I’m not going to tap out because a show about zombies is violent. That’s how you make a decision.So if all you hear is one side of a story, and you have someone saying, “My side is the truth, but that person is lying,” how will you know? Donald deserves every opportunity he gets because he’s still a decent human being.I don’t think being Lando Calrissian is going to change him. He was like, “I’ve got too much. And listen, we did the best we could, CBS did the best they could, Nielsen numbers count. I believe that my group is going to find themselves again and come together, and fight back this evil as they always do, and I’m going to be on my couch watching it when it happens.At the Globes, Meryl Streep made a sensation, and you yourself have been outspoken on Twitter about politics.I find it ironic that Donald Trump is someone who used his celebrity platform to actually end up in the highest office of the United States of America, and yet actors shouldn’t say anything?Isn’t that interesting? I think Matt into Matthew [Perry] would have been a really great opportunity for our show. To get to talk to a couple of my friends, hours before they got their first Golden Globe, and to know that that moment of anticipation and excitement is saved forever, and me getting my chance to wish them well publicly is saved forever, there is nothing greater.Let’s talk about one of those friends, Donald Glover, for a second. No time is wasted. You knew he was talented. So then it got kind of morphed into more of a mixture of Oprah sensibilities and wanting to help people, but then just a wacky black womanHave you met Oprah?I have met Oprah, but I haven’t metOprah. I believe the second half of this season is going to be amazing. Because you’re saying things about me that I don’t like.”If he was a decent man, and he heard that a foreign power had intruded in our electoral process, and he cared about this country, he would say, “Stop everything. I’ve got to get it out.” So he’s the truth.And the thing that I always say about him, too — and I know I gush about him a lot publicly, but I’m so proud of him — he’s also a good man. And I did her kind of like in reference to Oprah at first, and then the more we recorded, we realized how crazy she is. I hope that’s what I brought.Did you have to think, “Do I do it mostly in my own voice? I am fully aware of every single person that ran. I don’t know why it never happened.Did you get to have many encounters with Garry Marshall before we lost him last year?I did. My only thing is, I’ve done prosthetic work before on “Percy Jackson,” and it’s very long hours, and they shoot in the summer in Atlanta, and I’m a girl that likes comfort! Or is it too meta?It probably is too meta! Looks like the baby bakes, too.”There’s nothing that he can’t do, and also, he’s very efficient with time. Every time Portia came to the scene, or Zenith came to the scene, I wanted them to know that it was going to be crazy fun. The two of them are cut from the same cloth.This, in my opinion, perfectly encapsulates who Garry Marshall was: he said, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” And he lived that. And I also am not going to tap out before I see the person that caused the violence get their comeuppance. Once you got a sense of the role, and you knew the show already, what did you want to bring your contribution?I wanted her to be wacky, unpredictable, and fun. Posted March 6, 2017 by Scott HuverYvette Nicole Brown may be living her best life. No idea. No, we have no idea. I don’t use it to take; I use it to give. Or do I put on a weird cartoon voice?”I think I was thinking “talk show host,” and she has to have gravitas, and she has to have an Oprah way of speaking. I’m not saying he can’t be better. Do you think they’ll ever let you on the show to act? I don’t think being a Golden Globe-winning show creator and actor is going to change him. I try to do everything in my life with love, with kindness, and with care. If you’ve never seen the show, please tune in.”They put us behind Matt LeBlanc’s show and we held on 100% to his — and he was a rerun, and we held on to all of it. We literally will find out in May, and they have us until June. I respect Robert Kirkman, I respect Dave Alpert, I respect Scott Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero. I don’t know if he sleeps now, there was a moment in time where Donald wasn’t sleeping. I think people think there’s some glamorous world where people just get calls going, “We need you on set tomorrow, darling!” No, it’s, “Would you like to audition for ‘SuperMansion’?” “Yes I would.” So I auditioned twice, and I got the nod.What did you want to bring to it? When the nation is confronted with someone who mocks disabled people, who assaults women, who vilifies religion — certain religions — and vilifies certain races and ethnic groups, who tears down the family of a soldier who has passed away, who’s called women pigs, and dogs. But I’m saying what I’ve seen right now, as long as it stays like this, as long as I’ve got air in my breath and Twitter followers, I don’t care if it’s five of us by the time I’m done, I will continue to speak about the things that are not the best of us.As a celebrity that’s very wired into social media, you’re a bigger target than me when people disagree with you.


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