Francesca Andre Invites Us To Live, Laugh & Love With Her Upcoming Web Series, “3L”
As the future of television continues to shift to the internet, web content is expanding to include a variety of web series that are capturing and holding viewer attention. We sat down with Francesca Andre and Melanie Charles, the creator and main actor respectively, of “3L (Live, Laugh, Love),” an upcoming web series that focuses on the story of an Ivy League-educated, young African-American woman who moves to Bed -Stuy, Brooklyn after a devastating breakup with her boyfriend of five years. During the series we watch as Gaelle learns to redefine herself while adjusting to her new reality in one of the art meccas of Brooklyn with the support of an eclectic group of friends.
MadameNoire: I want the inside scoop on what a typical day of filming was like.
Melanie Charles: Typically the day started at about 5am and lasted until about sun down. We only had three filming days scheduled, so the crew was pretty much running on an adrenaline high the whole time. This being my first on-screen experience, I was really excited to be on set and to observe the backstage experience.
MN: How was it working with Francesca and the rest of the team?
MC: It was like working with family. We all believed in the story and could all relate to the characters. Everyone brought a sense of humor to set and people always had something funny and light-hearted to say. It was a great time of connection.
MN: Francesca, how did the story come about?
Francesca Andre: Around January 2013, I had the idea to write a story about a woman in the creative field. After the first two episodes, I reached out to a friend, Melissa Ternier. We read the episodes out loud and quickly realized this could be a very relatable story for women. Once we started working together we invited two other writers to join the team: Brian Lynch and Darrion Beckles.
MN: How long before you were casting the series?
FA: From January to March 2013, we did the writing. Around late February is when we did the casting. Although it sounds easy, it’s more than just putting out a post and finding people. It’s an important process finding the right people to represent each character. The lead character however, Melanie Charles, is a Haitian-American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress that I specifically reached out to. Once she came and read for the part it was clear she was perfect for the role.