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article imageJanet Hubert talks 2020 Daytime Emmy nomination for 'King Ester' Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 30, 2020 in Entertainment
Beloved actress Janet Hubert ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" fame) chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about her 2020 Daytime Emmy nomination for playing Mignon in the hit digital drama series "King Ester."
On her 2020 Daytime Emmy nomination, Hubert said, "I am not one for awards or Hollywood because I see myself as an artist, but this project, in particular, was very special to me because of its subject matter. These talented young producers, writers, and directors were so wonderful, kind, gracious, and giving."
"I felt compelled to do this since stories like this don't get told. These stories are very real," she added. "It's not about the size of the role, it's what you do with it. This role was raw and gritty. Just to be recognized for this piece is wonderful."
Hubert is proud of the fact that she really got to understand her character. She acknowledged that Mignon "I love characters but Mignon was one of the hardest dialects that I ever had to do due to the New Orleans accent," she admitted.
She complimented executive producers Dui Jarrod and Caralene Robinson for their vision. "Dui is amazing, and the musical score is remarkable. I am so happy for Dui, Caralene, and the production company, and the cast. Issa Rae provided a great platform for us and kudos to her, she has opened so many doors in the industry. Thank God to YouTube for this," she said.
"It truly was a labor of love and I enjoyed telling the stories: there are so many gay, lesbian, and trans women that are murdered, and nobody ever tells their stories or ever talks about them. The world is on fire right now because of injustice," she added.
Hubert praised her luminous scene partner Rowin Amone for playing her daughter, Ester Pappion for being "astounding." "Rowin went places where the average actress would never go. Rowin was simply amazing and she is very warm, connected, and loving. She is one of the most genuine actresses I have worked with in a long time. Everybody in King Ester was just spectacular," she said.
"I'm not afraid to be gritty and to go without makeup, that's who I am in real life. All of the people in the cast and the production are extremely authentic people. I don't think of myself as anybody special, I think of myself as an actress, and that's what I do," she explained.
Equally special for Hubert was being a part of General Hospital, where she played Yvonne, as part of an Alzheimer's storyline opposite Emmy winner Max Gail. "That was something," she said. "The Alzheimer's role was wonderful because my father had Alzheimer's. I loved working with Max Gail, we had a really great connection. He's a terrific man. It was quite an honor to do that role as well."
She also opened up about the perennial relevance of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where she originated the role of Vivian Banks. "It has been 30 years," she said. "People just can't let it go because it was such a staple. I am amazed at how long it has held on."
Hubert defined the word success as "looking back and having no regrets."
To learn more about King Ester, check out its official website, and follow it on Twitter.
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