Lisa Bonet guest stars alongside her husband, Jason Momoa, in the Sundance Channel’s new dramatic series, The Red Road, playing Sky Van Der Veen, a Lenape Native American lawyer who returns to her hometown to call for justice following a brutal crime against a member of her tribe.
She spoke with ESSENCE from her Los Angeles home, which she shares with Momoa, their children (son Nakoa-Wolf, 5, and daughter Lola, 6), dogs—Scout, Arrow and Zion—and ball python, Orpheus.
ESSENCE: How did you choose to do this particular role?
Lisa Bonet: Jason and I had done a film together, and when he was in the process of booking this show he sent the film to the producers. They really appreciated our chemistry, which was nice.
ESSENCE: The show is very thoughtfully written. The shooting style is intriguing. Are there things about it that you think people should know before tuning in, or is it just that people should watch it?
Bonet: On paper, it read like a film, and it definitely unfolds like a good series should. You know, it’s fun to go on a discovery and not really know much about it.
ESSENCE: You said earlier that the producers of the show saw the chemistry between you and Jason on-screen, and that’s why he asked you to do this part. How is your chemistry at home different from your chemistry at work?
Bonet: The chemistry between the characters we’re playing in The Red Road is a bit stiff, because we’re still uncertain where our rapport is leading us. Off camera, in real life, we are a very goofy couple. One of my favorite things about him is that he makes me laugh.
ESSENCE: Goofy how?
Bonet: Goofy like, we just laugh—we love curling up to watch Saturday Night Live with a thing of popcorn in front of us.
ESSENCE: How did you and Jason meet?
Bonet: [Laughs] We were both at a club to hear this 80-year-old toothless blues singer named Mickey Champion. We had a mutual friend who introduced us. Jason actually came with all his boys, and it was the birthday of one of my good friends, so I had all my girls with me. It was like the meeting of two different posses.
Read more of Lisa Bonet’s interview at Essence.com