Joy Bryant on the Success of the Show for ABC’s For Life [Exclusive Interview]

Joy Bryant
Joy Bryant in ABC’s For Life

For Life hits home to many Americans as it tackles the issues of the prison system that many Americans are in today.

With millions of Americans in prisons, the show highlights the life within those walls and the difficulties of the court system.

The show follows an imprisoned man named Aaron Wallace, who becomes an attorney while in prison. He seeks out ways and evidence in order to overturn a crime that wasn’t committed by him. Along the way, he helps out many prison inmates seeking redemption and freedom through the legal system.

The inspiration for the true story is based on Isaac Wright Jr. The real-life former inmate was wrongly convicted of drug charges and sentenced to life in prison under New Jersey’s drug kingpin laws. Within his incarceration, he started off working as a paralegal to help overturn twenty of the wrongful convictions of his fellow inmates. Finally, he proved his own innocence. Later, it led him to graduate from St. Thomas School of Law, in which eventually the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Committee finally approved his application years later.

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The series was created by Hank Steinberg, who successfully created other television shows, including CBS’s Without a Trace, ABC’s The Nine, and TNT’s The Last Ship.

For Life stars Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella), Indira Varma (Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love), Joy Bryant, Mary Stuart Masterson (Benny & Joon), Dorian Missick (Southland), Tyla Harris (Six), Glenn Fleshler (Joker), Boris McGiver (Taxi), and Timothy Busfield (The West Wing).

LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with actress Joy Bryant on the success and story of the show.

Joy Bryant started her career as a fashion model in Paris after signing with Next Models Management. Later, she signed with prestigious brand names, such as Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria’s Secret. Her acting debut came in 2001 with Robert Townsend’s Carmen: A Hip Hopera, starring Beyonce and Mekhi Phifer. The big breakthrough was with Denzel Washington’s directorial debut Antwone Fisher. In 2003, she starred with Jessica Alba in Honey. Also, she appeared in high-profile films of  Baadasssss!, The Skeleton Key, London, and Get Rich or Die Tryin’.

For Life second season premieres tonight at 10|9c.

Check out the exclusive interview with Joy Bryant below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, ABC

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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