Tuesday, June 18, 2019

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Robin Givens Teases 'Ambitions' is Full of "Drama, Drama, Drama"

At long last, Jamey Giddens' highly anticipated primetime soap opera, Ambitions, premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN, following a new episode of The Haves and the Have Nots. Ambitions explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia. The series centers around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins), former best friends from college who find themselves adversaries in both their personal and professional lives. Full descriptions of ensemble below:

Givens plays the sophisticated Stephanie, who hails from a long line of distinguished attorneys. Stephanie desperately wants to be in charge of her family's prestigious law firm and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

We Love Soaps caught up with Givens when we visited the Ambitions set in Atlanta. Check out what she had to say in our interview below.

WE LOVE SOAPS: What was your first reaction when you read the script for Ambitions? What stood out to you?
ROBIN GIVENS: It was sort of interesting because I was working on Riverdale and The Fix at the same time. With Riverdale, I worked with that character for some time so I understood her. The Fix was a pretty tough character (Julieanne Johnson) for me, and it was a lot of work. When my agent sent me the script for Ambitions, I was like, "No, I'm fine." I was already working on two shows but when I read it I was like, "Okay, no one can do this better than I can" [laughs]. So I borrowed a dress from The Fix, went in for the audition and did my thing.

WE LOVE SOAPS: Tell us about your character and what we can expect to see with your character as the series progresses.
ROBIN GIVENS: I try really, really hard to give her a range. I think it was important for me to show her vulnerable side as well. When she’s with her father, you get to see that side of "nothing I ever to do is good enough." When she’s with Rondell (Stephanie's sister-in-law, played by Brely Evans), she really feels like, "Look, I’m your family, lean on me.” I’ve really worked hard to give her different layers. Sometimes when you see her a certain way that’s her protecting herself. Is she tough? Absolutely, but she does have a sense of wanting love. I think in her relationship with Greg Peters (Gino Anthony Pesi) you get to see that he makes her feel like a woman.

WE LOVE SOAPS: What kind of drama are we going to see when it comes to marriages and personal relationships?
ROBIN GIVENS: Drama, drama, drama for sure. You know it’s a little bit of everything--there’s love, passion, sex, fighting, confusion. I always call it “delicious.” That’s my favorite word. Someone used the word “yummy” and I even like that better, so I’m going to steal that. It’s just good fun, and I imagine women every week sitting with a bowl of popcorn and wine and their husbands walking by slowly to sit down to watch the show [laughs'. It’ll be a guilty pleasure.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Lovers, competitors, enemies, traitors, scandal—and that's just for starters! Don't miss the premiere of Ambitions tonight at 10 p.m. ET, only on OWN. Check out the Ambitions trailer below, and join us on Twitter as we live tweet the premiere using hashtag #Ambitions.

Shruti Sadana is a bicoastal producer and actor. She attended SUNY Purchase where she earned her B.A. in Cinema Studies. After graduating, she interned at EUE/Screen Gems in New York City and assisted with high profile events for Gen Art. She also worked on several productions behind the scenes and in front of the camera.  She recently produced the transgender rights short film ​Denim,​ starring Jazz Jennings. She also produces content and interviews celebrities for the online magazine, ​Hey Beauti. Shruti has worked on several cover photo shoots for their online platform with some of the industry’s most well known talent: Steve Howey (​Shameless, Reba), ​ Sarah Shahi ​(The L Word, Person of Interest, Reverie), ​ Emmanuelle Chriqui ​(Entourage, The Passage, You Don’t Mess with Zohan, Shut Eye). ​ Her interviews include Priyanka Chopra, Megan Fox, Malin Akerman and many more. Her positive nature, work ethic, and keen sense of understanding people on a deeper level has lead her to build strong relationships in the industry.

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