Breakout star, Raven Goodwin speaks to Madame Noire about how it feels to both pull and carry weight in Hollywood. She stars in ABC Family’s new show, HUGE. Madame Noire: So Raven, congratulations on your show HUGE. It’s on ABC Family and I would like for you to tell us about it.
Raven Goodwin: HUGE is about kids who go to a weight-loss camp and the show is about discovery. It has a lot of heart and is really touching because it’s more about the weight we carry around mentally more than physically and that gets revealed throughout the show. In every episode, you find out something new about the characters that makes you fall in love with each one of the characters no matter what. That’s the best part about HUGE.
MN: How do you channel your character specifically? Who is she? And why will we either love her or hate her?
RG: My character is BECCA. Every one is going to love her. She’s very shy but has layers that no one knows about and she wishes she can say what she wants to say, but always ends up biting her tongue. That’s why she takes to Nikki Blonsky’s [from the Broadway show “Hairspray”] character Willamina because Willamina speaks her mind. But Becca is totally opposite from [the real] me.
MN: You’ve had the opportunity to play young Mo’Nique in “Fat Girls” and young Oprah in “30 Rock.” It seems like everyone is casting you as the younger version of these really big super personalities. How does it feel to carry that?
RG: It’s crazy because as far as Mo’Nique’s situation goes, ever since “The Parkers” came out, I was always called little Mo’Nique. I had the chance to talk to her and she’s really amazing and down to earth. Playing Oprah was very interesting and nerve-wracking because she I knew she would watch it. So I definitely put my all into it. I’m pretty sure she watched it! (laughs)