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Q & A With Lanett Tachel

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Article | Sat August 12, 2017, 04:41 PM EST

  • Lanett Tachel

    Lanett Tachel

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August 12, 2017 -- Lanett Tachel literally takes my breath away - not just because she is physically stunning, but because her energy and presence are undeniable when she walks into a room. Her combination of strength, warmth and easy laughter pervades each of the roles that she has booked since moving to LA after graduating from Howard University with a Fine Arts degree. Some of her recent bookings include a new TV movie with director Jose Montesinos (Sinister Minister, Lifetime), and a short film called, “The Providers” with director, Denise Harkavy (Queen Sugar, OWN Network). As a big believer of “work begets work,” Tachel has produced, written, and starred in a feature film of her own called, “Illicit.” It had success with a limited theatrical release in Chicago, and can be seen on various streaming platforms nationwide, before airing on television this fall.  Tachel strikes me as a woman who knows and goes after what she wants. But as independent as she is, she also loves the collaboration of the film industry and is sincerely excited by the give and take of the creative process.


Where are you from originally?

I'm from the D.C. Area and my hometown is PG County MD. Big ups to Blue Crabs and OLD BAY seasoning!


When did you move to LA? 

I came to LA after receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Howard University a little over 5 years ago. I knew it was home right away!


What inspired you to be in the industry?

I love to entertain-- To tell other people's stories sprinkled in with a little bit of my own. I love bringing out what makes each person unique, but also I love highlighting the thread that connects us all. That's what storytelling does. I feel like its a gift to be an actor, to be able to write, to be able to collaborate. I feel like it’s the healthiest way to affect change and present perspectives that need to be heard and seen. This industry is the place to make that happen on a larger scale.


What are some of the projects that you worked on?

My project, “ILLICIT," hit theaters in Chicago in April and you can look out for it on television this fall. There are lots of familiar faces, and a few new ones that I think the audience will love.  It's sexy, and suspenseful with a lot of curveballs. I'm happy to have starred, co-written, and produced it. 

Another project I recently starred in is “The Providers,” where I play a troubled girl who takes pride in being the primary source of income (and trouble) for her female pimp. It's based on a true story and has a predominately female cast and crew, including the writer/director, Denise Harkavy. She directed on Ava Duvernay’s series, “Queen Sugar.” I'm super excited for that one to be released. 

Most recently, I had the chance to play a kick ass detective for a TV suspense/thriller movie by Jose Montesinos.


What are you currently working on?

In addition to my acting endeavors, I'm currently writing in a feature film, as well as a comedic TV pilot that I'm looking to start production on this fall. I love being busy and the best way to keep it up is to constantly be creating your own work. 


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself doing action movies that have a flair for comedy. (Think Deadpool with a black female lead!) I also will producing and acting as a series regular on a breakout new comedy. Finally, I'll be filming something crazy dope overseas while training to do my own stunts. 


How do you feel the industry is changing and how do you feel it benefits you as an actor?

I feel like the industry is changing because gatekeepers are changing. The more we have minorities and forward thinking people in positions of power, we can reshape and redefine the possibilities of all of us: actors, writers, creators, and producers. The industry will always reflect those who run it. 


Interview by: Giovannie Espiritu


Article | Sat August 12, 2017, 04:41 PM EST

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