Feb '00
Shane Johnson is on the rise

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Shane Johnson
Interviewed by Shelby J. Jones

Late last year, Blackcinemacafe (D.C.) hosted another elegant and charming evening in Washington D.C. for a well-heeled group of moviegoers at the Zanzibar Restaurant. The fans were treated to the raucous and zany The Rev. Do Wrong Ain't Right (see review) featuring Lester Bibbs in the lead as the Rev. on a mission. That night the crowd was treated to the acting talents of Shane Johnson who plays the love interest of The Rev. Tall, curvaceous and captivating in conversation as well as beauty, Shane Johnson is definitely on her way. I chatted with Ms. Johnson for a while and learned one thing - don't let the beauty fool you. She has a game plan and you better recognize what the Bronx native has to say.

SJJ
You moved to LA from the boogie down Bronx without any family or a cushy role waiting for you. What provided the inner will and strength to handle such a move? Any regrets?
SJ
I moved from NY to LA without any family or cushy role, yes, but I knew this is what I had to do to be happy and also fulfilled. Loving myself enough and wanting the best for myself gave me the inner strength and will to do so. Also knowing that through success I would have the opportunity to help others and that was very important to me. I have no regrets.
SJJ
There were plenty of hilarious scenes in The Rev. DoWrong. What was it like filming this type of comedy?
SJ
I did the film Rev. Do Wrong which was very different for me. I hadn't done much comedy so I enjoyed the experience. I got to work with Lester Bibbs a great comedian and actor so I had a lot of fun.
SJJ
You said you wouldn't accept roles that are degrading. Do you have a certain judging technique about what is acceptable and what is not?
SJ
I would never do a role that I thought was degrading to myself. I have a lot of respect for myself as a woman and as a human being. It's difficult when you're starting out because you need the exposure but some things are just more important.
SJJ
No doubt. When we chatted you expressed that if given the opportunity, you would want to work with Spike Lee or Oliver Stone. Why those two? Any actors/actresses you would like to work with?
SJ
Spike Lee would definitely be one. His work is so real and in your face. I think he's great. Oliver Stone is another one - his movies are edgy and exciting and I love that. Also, F. Gary Gray. I thought Set It Off and The Negotiator were very cutting edge. Actors and actresses I'd like to work with·Will Smith and Whoopi Goldberg.
SJJ
Who is your role model? And why?
SJ
My mother. She's a very strong black woman who's always pushed me to be the best that I can at anything that I do, and also to be a decent human being. As far as entertainment role models, I would say my mentor is Vanessa Williams being that she is a singer, actress and dancer. All the qualities I've been blessed with as well. I would love for the opportunity she's had to display her talents in such a wide variety of outlets - Broadway, Disney soundtracks, films and the list goes on. I also admire how she overcame all the odds that were stacked against her. And she didn't let anything stand in her way.
SJJ
So you toured with the ultimate Diva, Whitney Houston. How was that experience? How do you prepare for a tour? I imagine you must be in shape.
SJ
Yes I toured with the ultimate Diva Whitney Houston. It was a wonderful experience. She has one of the most beautiful voices ever. I worked with her for 4 years and she's really a sweet person. I also worked with her husband Bobby Brown whose also, contrary to rumors, a very nice person with a big heart. We had like a month or two to prepare for a tour so that alone puts you in shape even if you're not. I love to dance and create so it was fun.
SJJ
What kind of music do you enjoy? Are you into groups like Pearl Jam and Limp Bizkit or do you dig the Meth/Redman flava or someone like Macy Gray or Lauren Hill?
SJ
Let's see? I like everything. Right now the most popular in my ride are Donnell Jones and Destiny's Child. I'm also feelin the Hot Boys and I'm a down low Backstreet Boys fan!!
SJJ
So you worked with the King of Pop on the video Remember The Time - that sounds intriguing. I understand Jackson is a perfectionist. How long was the shoot? Would you like to work with him again? You know he is about to fire his career up again.
SJ
Yes I had the opportunity to work with Michael Jackson on the Remember The Time video. It was a great experience - just watching him was amazing. He lights up when the cameras are on. The shoot was about a week and it was great working with John Singleton. He's a great director. I wouldn't mind doing a little duet with MJ.
SJJ
What's up with the firearms training? I take it you are interested in action roles.
SJ
Firearms training was a bit scary but it was a necessity when I did the film Mystery Men. It was an action/comedy about misfit superheroes starring Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Rush who is such a fine actor and person.
SJJ
Which do you prefer - the stage or film?
SJJ
I live to do an action role. I would love to put some kick ass Bronx flavor on the big screen. I love stage as well but I prefer film because I get to share my talents with the world. What a blessing.!!

 

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