NADINE WHITEMAN is currently starring in the comedy series Take Note on Peacock TV.
We caught up with Nadine Whiteman to talk about her new role.
AC: What can audiences expect from Take Note?
NADINE WHITEMAN – So much! Take Note is a show about a fictionalized tween singing competition. You can expect to see and hear some amazing singing from some extraordinary young talents. You can expect some laugh-out-loud comedy. You can expect some heartwarming family interaction. Honestly, this show has something for everyone in the family.
AC: How does your character fit into the story? What do you think is your character’s ultimate goal?
NADINE WHITEMAN – I play Drea Richards, the mom of 14-year-old Calvin Richards who is one of the contestants in the show. She is a no-nonsense kind of a mom but that being said she is no stranger to having fun! She loves her family more than anything else and would move heaven and earth for them.
AC: Can you recall any funny moments from on-set filming?
NADINE WHITEMAN – Yes! There was this one time early in the shoot when, wait, okay there was this other time that this. There were tons of funny moments but if I told ya I would have to give up spoilers and we can’t have that can we?
AC: As an actor, what are you still trying to learn?
NADINE WHITEMAN – Ha! What am I not trying to learn? Every moment on set is a learning moment for me. From learning to connect with my co-stars to trying to find what I and my character have in common. I think my biggest thing is being easy on myself. I can be my biggest critic.
AC: How can you tell when you’re reading a great script?
NADINE WHITEMAN – I think I know when I am reading a good script when it touches my heart on the first read. Take Note for example. On the first reading of the script, I really saw the whole show on the first reading of the materials that I was sent. The vibe of the family and the humor were all right there. As soon as I read Drea I felt a connection to her. She is warm and open-hearted. She was the mama bear that everyone wants in her corner. There is a scene early in the series that just reading it broke my heart wide open. If you can do that early on, in a first reading you know you have something great. Take Note did that again from heartfelt scenes to knee-slapping comedy.
AC: When did you begin to see acting as a potential career avenue?
NADINE WHITEMAN – I know I have always wanted to be an actor and have thought it was something I would like to do as a job. I did all the school plays in high school. I loved public speaking. Every presentation that I did in school I channeled Oprah. I even looked into doing a fine arts degree when I left high school but my confidence was not that great. There weren’t a lot of people who looked like me on TV. That is why I think that representation is so important. I pursued acting as a hobby for a few years. I thought of pursuing a law degree because at least I would still be able to perform in front of a jury. Honestly, it wasn’t until someone hired me for my first big show, Mamma Mia, that I realized that I could actually do this as a career.
AC: What’s the biggest realization you’ve had this past year?
NADINE WHITEMAN – That it really does take a village. I know that you hear that all the time but it is absolutely true. Take Note was my first lead in a TV show. Was I nervous?? You betcha. Every day it felt like I was in a dream. You get to the set for the first time and you cannot believe the work that has gone into creating the world that you get to be immersed in for the summer. From the hair and makeup, the wardrobe department, sound department, the electrics, the carpenters, the set designers, the props, the directors, the showrunners, the producers, the PR department, and of course your crazy talented cast members. All of these people and many I have forgotten to mention, all of these people working so hard to make you look good to make a great show. Every single day I was humbled.
AC: Everyone seems to have an app idea at the moment, what’s yours?
NADINE WHITEMAN – I shouldn’t even say because someone is going to make this app and make a fortune! My app would be called HELP! I Need A Millennial. It would be an app that with a click of a button you would be connected to a Millennial that would help you with all of your tech needs. It happened on set. I have been on set for years and on day one Braelyn Rankins, the incredible talent that plays my son Calvin, and star of the show, introduced me to an app that helped me so much on set. I use it every day!
AC: What makes you feel nostalgic?
NADINE WHITEMAN – Music! The first few notes can take me right back to a time and a place. Throw on Duran Duran or Thompson Twins or Michael Jackson and I am right back in high school. Or Let’Em In by Paul McCartney and I are in the back of my Dad’s station Wagon going on a road trip. It is amazing how all the lyrics just seem to zoom right into a time and place. Music honestly is like a time machine for me. During the show, hearing the kids sing some of those classic songs really was a treat.
AC: Aside from your upcoming projects, what are you excited about for the future?
NADINE WHITEMAN – Being able to hang out with friends and family again without restrictions. There is nothing I like better than a cookout or meal at a restaurant or going to the movies with friends. Oh and traveling! To get on a plane and explore a new place sounds so decadent and I am really looking forward to that!
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