Maxine Shaw Is Crazy! Erika Alexander Explains Why Living Single Was Her Favorite

September 4, 2013 ‐ By

Erika Alexander Explains

You may have seen Erika Alexander around and about over the years but we all know we’ll all remember her the most for her role as Maxine Shaw in “Living Single.” Even though she says Maxine has been her favorite character, she can’t say she’s too much like her.

 “I’ve played a lot of really good characters but they are all really flawed in some way and if I say that, people will say ‘I knew it! She’s a sex addict.’ I don’t want to hear that. I played a wonderful character. People know me best for Maxine Shaw, “Living Single.” And I’m really happy about that character, that I got a chance to play it. I loved the cast that we were with they are my sisters and brothers. It was a wonderful time…The character itself is crazy. So if I admit to that, who am I really? I loved playing her but I don’t really know how close I am to Max.”

In addition to her “Living Single” days she spoke about the lessons she learned from “The Cosby Show,” and what drew her to her new role on the AMC show, “Low Winter Sun” that airs on AMC, Sundays at 10PM.

Check out the interview with Erika below.

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  • lashon123

    very well spoken… but uhhh I couldn’t take my eyes off her eyebrows O.o one is higher then the other.

    • Pstreet

      Just gotta find something wrong don’t you. Thanks again for proving that the cattiness between black woman is alive and well, smh.

      • lashon123

        lol that’s not catty.. I have OCD, her eyebrows are uneven to me..i couldn’t take my eyes off of them

      • Istahil ibrahim

        Or maybe people are just so quick to accuse a Black woman of cattiness in order to fulfill the stereotype you already have built up in your head. SMH

  • E.

    Love her!

  • Jenn N

    Loved the show and I forreal saw myself in Max… to the point that I went to law school and became a criminal attorney like her. I met her Erika one year on my birthday when I took my mom to see a play she was in with Phylicia Rashaad. I made sure to tell her how much I identified with Max, and that she/Max was the reason I went to law school. I think Erika thought I was crazy lol. But it worked out for me!

  • C

    Loved Maxine Shaw-Attorney at Law!


    OMG! Maxine is by far my favorite “character” on tv. I live vicariously through her.

    • Issa

      Maxine was the girl you wanted to be friends with

      • Yvette

        so true!

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