DomiNque Perry Talks “Insecure”
Actress Dominique Perry and her role as Tasha has become on the most popular characters on Issa Rae’s hit show Insecure. Perry, who hails from Houston, has been acting since age 7, has appeared in Kevin Hart’s “Get Hard” and the fan favorite Underground. In an exclusive, we spoke with Dominique on her thoughts about cheating, how she landed the role of Tasha, her family’s reaction to her nude scenes and how she is treated by fans. Check the interview below.
On if extra-marital affairs in an open marriage is considered cheating:
I don’t feel like it’s cheating if you have an open marriage because she knows and it’s kind of like their agreement. So, if you have somebody that you see, is it cheating? That’s kind of what you signed up for as the wife or the husband.
On what is considered cheating in an open relationship:
I feel like it’s considered cheating if you start really getting feelings for that other person. I feel like it’s only supposed to be what it is and then you go back to wifey or hubby. But if you start getting feelings, like emotionally, then it’s emotionally cheating.
On the way Lawrence treats Tasha after his breakup with Issa:
I know that’s what guys do. When they go through breakups they do so much crazy stuff, because they don’t know where their head is right now. They’re in such a crazy head space. But just to see him do that, and Lawerence being so sweet. It was shocking him acting like that.
On her start in acting:
I’ve been acting since 7, literally. I started at the Ensemble Theatre downtown in Houston. There they taught me stage production, singing, acting, and dancing. I was with them during their main stage plays and musicals until 17. Then I went to Prairie View A&M [University] to major in Theatre. After that, I went to Texas Southern [University] and then I moved to Atlanta to start acting there. It’s been an ongoing thing. I’ve been acting forever, I never had a plan b.
On how she landed the role of Tasha in Insecure:
I moved here [Los Angeles] last February, and my manager at the time told me about an audition for a new show they had coming up. I went in, did the audition. I was making everybody laugh. It was amazing. And that’s when I met Issa and everybody. It just went on from there.
On thinking that she didn’t get the role:
There was a period of time where I didn’t think I got the role. But I really wanted the role For like 2-3 weeks straight I didn’t hear from them. Then I looked on Issa’s page and they had a picture of the table read. I was like ‘They done choose a Tasha.’ I’m calling my mom crying, ‘But I wanted that role, I was her.’ And before I knew it they called me for a chemistry read with Jay [Ellis].
On her first impression of Tasha:
When I first read her, I thought she was so fun. She was so colorful. She exudes sexiness, but she was also a person who knew what she wanted. She was the around-the-way girl from the streets, but she’s trying to go back to school and stuff. So when I read her I was like, ‘Oh no, I like her.’ She a little hood, but she educated.
Sex Scenes with Jay Ellis:
It’s a lot. It’s amazing though. It’s not as fun as everybody thinks. You have to keep that energy going on every take. So, it can be very tiring. You don’t even realize you’re pretty much naked and the world is going to see it when you’re doing it. And it’s a close set and everyone’s really respectful.
On her families reaction to the nudity scenes on the show:
My family never talks about it. It’s kind of the elephant in the room. I’m kind of like, ‘Hey Granny, you know episode one you may to just…’ She’s like, ‘Girl, we watching it all.’ So, they never really tell me their opinions about it. We just leave that unspoken.”
On how people treat her outside of the show:
I love the attention, just because I’m apart of an epic show. I think that’s what I love the most about it. I think that’s how my life has changed, people are starting to take notice, which is what I been wanting them to do.
How certain celebs slid in her DM’s after seeing her sex scene on the season finale:
I’ve had a couple yes, slide in the DMs. Just from last season I had it. You know what? I noticed that ever since that season finale, I kinda separated it like – okay, you’re one of them “Finale N*ggas”. I call them “Finale N*ggas”. If you ain’t hit me up before that, you a “Finale N*gga” and I don’t want to rock with you. Cuz now I know what’s up. I know what you want. You ain’t even looking at my face!
Watch the full interview below.
-by Martel Sharpe