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Meagan Good's Looks Almost Cost Her The Starring Role In Her New Series 'Harlem'

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We first reported on Meagan Good starring in the new Amazon Prime Video series Harlem in November and now the veteran actress is opening up about her character on the show. Harlem is written and executive produced by Tracy Oliver and highlights four Black women in their 30’s who are best friends and taking on New York’s famous Black neighborhood.


Meagan stars alongside Shoniqua Shandai, Jerrie Johnson, and Grace Byers who is best known for her role in Empire. Meagan Good plays Camille who is a professor struggling with her breakup from P-Valley’s star Tyler Lepley who plays Ian.

The 40-year-old revealed what drew her to the character and the show in an interview with POPSUGAR. According to the synopsis, Meagan’s character Camille is “a popular young anthropology professor at Columbia who has an extensive knowledge of the dating norms of many cultures, but has a hard time navigating her own love life.”

"I immediately fell in love with Camille mainly because she's just so quirky and honest, even when she's trying to hide and trying to play it off," Meagan shared with the outlet.

"There's still an honesty and a purity to her, but she's also very much of a grown-ass woman who is pursuing her career, smart, intelligent, and all these things."

The Jumping the Broom actress has an extensive career in acting and has been in the business since she was a child.

However, when she reached adulthood, she became a sex symbol and often acted in roles that catered to the male gaze. And her looks almost made her miss out on the role of Camille.

Harlem’s executive producer made the surprising revelation during an interview with Entertainment Weekly in October.

But because Meagan was open to notes, Tracy quickly saw her Camille. "This was before she knew she had [the role]. And she was just like, 'I'll do whatever to prove that I can embody this role,'” Tracy said.

“And then as soon as she did, we were all like, 'Oh, it's her. It's absolutely her.' And she was amazing. And I was wrong. You can be gorgeous and you can be smart and you can be strong. And all of these things put together," she concluded.

When it comes to the series, Meagan hopes that women see themselves and their friends in the characters. "It's incredibly inappropriate, but in the most amazing way . . . it's very honest, but also fun and very vulnerable," she said.

Harlem premieres Friday, Dec 3. on Prime Video.

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