LargeUp Exclusive: Interview With Sky Nicole Grey

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Jamaican actress and model Sky Nicole Grey has been showing up more or less everywhere Okayplayer looks these days--most notably in the two films we've talked about (and sponsored!) the most lately; Storm Saulter's Better Mus' Come (LargeUp) and Andrew Dosunmu's Restless City-(Okayafrica). LargeUp's Sherman Escoffery sat down with Sky and at Miss Lily's here in New York and discussed both roles, as well as her other projects--musical cinematic and otherwise. Get an excerpt below and hit the link to read the full interview at LargeUp (and while you're up, read Okayafrica's interview with Dosunmu as well).

LU: Let’s talk a little bit about Better Mus Come.

Sky: Right, Better Mus’ Come is a movie that was shot in Jamaica based in the 1970s, a little bit of the gang war and the love story that softened up the movie and that’s where I come in.

LU: And a lot of the movie was about the Green Bay killing… the Green Bay massacre which was before your time.

Sky: Way before my time but can I tell you that for me Better Mus’ Come was an educational piece. I had to do so much research. I went back and talked to my granddad and grand-uncle and said tell me about the 1970s. I want to hear about the 1970s. The director is young, Storm Saulter, and for him to go back in the past and dig up a very important piece, something that nobody talks about, because I didn’t know about the Green Bay Massacre before I got the role in Better Mus Come. So I stopped here for Better Mus Come, then I went on to Egypt to represent “Restless City” and I’m back in New York.

LU: What is the central theme or the plot of Restless City?

Sky: It’s based on African immigrants right here in New York. You know people from all over the world come to New York City, it’s a place where artist people will think…. this guy who plays the lead actor in the movie thinks he is going to be the next Akon and he wants to be the next Akon so it’s a place where big dreams happen. It doesn’t necessarily come true but you come and you have to deal with the struggle you know? You might get yourself in a good situation, you might end up in a bad situation. In this case they end up in a good/bad situation and it is a struggle to stay together and, you know, you feel the love.

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