Tuesday, March 1, 2011

WLS Interview Archive: Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson stole the show at the 2nd Annual Indie Soap Awards with his heartfelt and tear-filled acceptance speech for Outstanding Lead Actor in ANACOSTIA.  In case you missed it, here is our interview from December, 2010, which spotlights Anderson's accomplishments in indie soaps as well as plans for the future.

Few indie soaps have amazed and inspired as much as Anthony Anderson's ANACOSTIA.  Without star power or ties to Hollywood, Anderson has set the Indie Soap Revolution on its ear by spinning traditional soap elements into fresh and innovative character development and plot twists. Yet, as you will see in this interview, Anderson doesn't just work tirelessly day and night on producing a quality show.  He also is devoted to giving back to his real-life community of Anacostia, as well as promoting the wellness of gays and African-Americans across the United States.  Please join us for this revealing interview in which he discusses his insights and inspirations. 

In Part One - The Indie Soap Award winner shares how he began creating stories as a child, surviving extreme bullying in school, and the devastation of losing a sibling.

In Part Two - Anderson reveals why the suburb of Anacostia became his creative muse, and how he learned to craft such satisfying soapy stories.

In Part Three - Anderson discusses the controversy around his primary gay character's suicide attempt, and highs and lows of directing himself in explicit sex scenes.

In Part Four - Anderson describes the struggles of putting together a season of episodes that are often 20 minutes long, hard lessons learned along the way, and previews the extras that will be coming in the ANACOSTIA box set!

In Part Five -  We discuss Anderson's appearance on the We Love Soaps 15 Most Fascinating People of 2010 list, what's ahead in 2011, and why Anderson wants you to watch other people's shows!!

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