Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing an amazing woman whose talents are beyond stupendous. Danielle Scott-Haughton is a writer, director, producer, and creator of two amazing web series, Dear Jesus and its spin-off, The Alexis Show. London’s own Scott-Haughton started her own production company named WonderLondon Films and is marking her territory in the entertainment world.
Check out the interview below where Scott-Haughton talks about the upcoming new seasons of her web series, what’s next for her, and more!
1-Growing up, did you always know that you wanted to do something in the entertainment field?
Not entertainment per se but I knew I wanted to write. My grandfather Benjamin Hanson was a writer, he raised me in Zimbabwe and always made up stories to tell me. They always had wonderful titles like “Why The Giraffe’s Neck Is So Long” or “Why The Lion Only Has Hair On His Head.” He made me want to tell stories. I want to instil that sense of wonder in people the way my grandfather did to me.
2-How did you come up with Dear Jesus?
Not able to find work in my industry after the magazine I worked for folded, I was forced to work as a waitress at my Aunt’s Jamaican take-away in South London. Dear Jesus was borne of my desperation to make a name for myself and hopefully get a job in television. I used the ridiculous exchanges between myself and customers as a foundation for the story and everything else is the product of an overactive imagination.
3-Dear Jesus is critically acclaimed and has been featured on some lists of black web series through publications like BLAVITY.com. Why do you think the show is so popular?
There are a few things I attribute the success of the show to, one being our consistency; for the most part our audience can rely on us for episodes to come out when we say they will. And two: the Dear Jesus Cast and their commitment to their roles on the screen as well as off it. I have been blessed with actors who know they only get out as much as they put in and they push the show so hard on social media and in their everyday lives.
4-Season 4 is currently filming and we at Black Talent TV cannot wait. What can we(and fans) can expect?
You can expect more episodes, more drama, more laughs, more tears. It is the best work the team has done to date.
In The Alexis Show this season, we find out more about why Alexis is the way she is, where Jonathan’s daughter came from and the audience gets all the answers they’ve been looking for and answers they haven’t been.
In Dear Jesus, this season there is a lot. I don’t want to give anything away; it’s all too juicy.
5-You’ve also created a spin off web series titled THE ALEXIS SHOW following Alexis, Merecedes’ sister. What was it about Alexis that made you decide to create a show around Alexis?
The Alexis Show was created to attract viewers who were alienated by the religious connotations of the title “Dear Jesus.” I love Alexis and Samantha Earle who plays Alexis, because she’s real. Unlike Mercedes who is fearful of the world and unsure of herself at times, Alexis is fearless. She says it how it is. I love to write for her because I wish I was more like her. I take 3 weeks to think of a comeback after an argument. Not Alexis, she is sharp. But we learn in the second season of the show that she was hardened by life and had to learn to be that way in order to survive the brutalities of her circumstances.
6-Can we expect a season 2 of THE ALEXIS SHOW and if so, what can we expect?
Yes! There will be a season 2 of The Alexis Show. It is heart breaking. I cried writing it and I cried filming.
7-Do you plan on doing any films in the future?
Yes–Plays, films, different shows. Everything.
8-If you had a chance to cast any current actor and/or actress in a project you’ve created(or it could be a current one like DEAR JESUS), who would it be and what would the concept/genre be?
Phil, I can’t tell you all my secrets and dreams.
9-What advice would you give to someone who wanted to get into creating/writing?
Never give up–SO CLICHÉ, BUT SO TRUE. The first thing you write is not going to be amazing, but if you keep going you’ll get better. I look back at the first season of Dear Jesus and I cringe. But I also smile because I kept going.
10-What is NEXT for Danielle Scott-Haughton?
Season 4 of Dear Jesus and Season 2 of The Alexis Show. It’s my best work yet and I’m so excited to share it with you all.
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