*Jackée Harry, the woman who became a household name as the sassy neighbor on “227,” is back on TV in the church-themed film “Brother White,” currently airing on GMC.
The actress plays Veena Johnson, the first lady of a black, inner-city church in Atlanta on the verge of foreclosure – that is until an associate pastor at a Los Angeles megachurch, James White (David A.R. White), moves to the ATL with his reluctant wife and family to become the church’s new pastor.
Let’s just say Veena is not happy with the new arrangement.
“He’s white,” Jackée tells EURweb. “It’s like he comes into our church – we got a black church – and they said, ‘Oh, the pastor’s coming,’ and I’m, like, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.’ And then he brings him in. And I go…’Really?’”
Describing her character, Jackée says, “Of course she’s bossy – such a stretch for me – and in charge. You know, when you go to churches there’s a ‘nomenclature.’ You got to go to the usher, the usher’s got to go to the head board, to the deacon. You can’t go straight to the pastor. She thinks she’s the pastor, so she has this conflict with him. But it’s charming.”
Below, Jackée tells a group of TV critics that “Brother White” is some of the best work she’s done in a long time – “comedically, and otherwise,” and explains how her improv for this film differed from the off-script work she did on “227.”
The next airing of “Brother White” is Friday (March 16) at 9 p.m. on cable channel GMC. Watch the trailer below.