‘Haves and Have Nots’ star breaks down its last season
Angela Robinson has performed devious Veronica Harrington on “The Haves and Have Nots” for eight seasons — and says there’s extra to her alter-ego than meets the attention.
“I don’t suppose Veronica is evil in any respect — I feel she’s ruthless,” Robinson says. “I feel she’s very upfront, very aggressive [and] she will get what she needs.She’s a nasty ass. Males get to be all that and so they’re hardly ever referred to as evil. If there have been extra Veronicas on this planet girls could be working the world…actually.
“She simply wants remedy.”
Robinson, 57, originated the position of Veronica on the soapy drama about prosperous (and battling) households dwelling in Savannah, Ga. and Jacksonville, Fla. Created by Tyler Perry, “The Haves and Have Nots” was the primary unique scripted collection to premiere on OWN (in 2013). It kicks off its last season Tuesday at 8 p.m. on the cable community.
Robinson says she injects components of her private life into her portrayal of the catty, snobbish Veronica, who appears to dislike nearly everybody and the whole lot she comes throughout.
“I do typically take my [real-life] anger and use that for Veronica,” she says. ” I imply, I don’t maintain on to [the anger of] individuals reducing me off on the highway, but it surely’s only a temper of, ‘I’m not feeling anyone at this time’ so I put that into Veronica — and don’t take it out on anyone else.”
The homophobic Veronica, a millionaire, mom and ex-wife, has a very unhealthy relationship together with her homosexual son, Jeffrey, who’s performed by Gavin Houston. The present’s giant ensemble solid consists of Tika Sumpter, John Schneider, Crystal Fox and Renee Lawless.
“I feel there are lots of people who, in actual life, really feel the way in which Veronica feels about her homosexual son,” Robinson says. “However I hope individuals will simply be who they’re. I’m not that method, so it makes me a bit of uncomfortable when individuals come as much as me and say, ‘I’m with you on how Veronica treats Jeffrey.’
“I’ve positively had that occur to me,” she says. “However that’s what drew me to Veronica: to be as truthful as I can and characterize individuals as actually as I can, as a result of I do have many homosexual associates whose mother and father have that perspective. I simply needed to decide to not care if I used to be hated [by viewers] however to be extra involved with what I used to be actually displaying. That truthful [onscreen] homophobia and hate; it’s actually been a blessing within the homosexual group.
“They’ve really embraced me as nicely,” she says. “I believed, ‘Oh my God they’re going to hate me,’ however as an alternative they’re like, ‘That’s my mother, that’s my aunt.’ ”
And, Robinson says, there’s one other aspect of Veronica that she’s tried to indicate throughout all her years of taking part in the character.
“I feel everyone can be taught from Veronica,” she says. “She’s the sufferer of her ‘flip aspect,’ which I feel each particular person has, good qualities that may go unhealthy in the event that they’re not managed. It’s lovely to be a perfectionist like Veronica, however not if you impose that on everyone round you.
“Being controlling and sensible is what received Veronica out of the initiatives, via legislation college and into constructing nursing houses so she might turn out to be a millionaire,” she says, “but it surely’s additionally what received her into essentially the most hassle.”
Robinson tells followers to anticipate the ultimate season of “The Haves and Have Nots” to be an emotional rollercoaster.
“You possibly can anticipate extra shootings and extra fights and it will likely be stunning every week,” she says. “Each season has its traditional one-liner — and it gained’t be any totally different this season.”
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