Wu-Tang: Interview of the cast of season 2 of an American saga
Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson and Damani D. Sease discuss their return to their iconic roles in Season 2 of Wu-Tang: An American Saga.
After what feels like a long wait, Wu-Tang: an American saga is back for a second season on September 8. The Hulu biopic series finally brings the group together in all their glory for the first time as the story moves on from the story of Bobby Diggs (Ashton Sanders, Judas and the Black Messiah) and his friends to how these friends become a second family and form the Wu-Tang Clan.
However, there are plenty of plates to turn at the start of Season 2 before things fall into place. Bobby’s best friend Dennis (Siddiq Saunderson) juggles his right-hand status with new fatherhood duties, while infamous future Raekwon (Shameik Moore, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) tires of being just Sha Raider. And U-God (Damani D. Sease) is inducted into the world after a season of viewers clamoring for his introduction.
Moore, Saunderson and Sease spoke to Screen cry to return to work in the midst of the pandemic, and to be personally inspired by RZA and other members of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Screen Rant: Shameik, as we move towards the phenomenal success of the Wu-Tang Clan, how do you envision Sha Raider becoming Raekwon? What does this development look like for you?
Shameik Moore: From the start of Season 2, I just think his mindset is, “I have to find a way. I don’t want to be on the streets and so on forever. I just have to get up from it. that. I must rise. “
At the start of the season, I will do it on my own by any means necessary. Then mid-season it’s like, “Come on, Bobby! Come on, man.” And then at the end of the season, it’s like “We’re here”, you know what I’m saying? Anyone walking here the wrong way, it’s a body. It is what it is.
Dennis this season he has Bobby and he has Shurrie (Zolee Griggs). How does it feel to juggle both sides of the family?
Siddiq Saunderson: Yeah, I think it’s difficult. It is certainly difficult [dealing with] the stress and pressures of having Shurrie as now not only my daughter but the mother of my child. She’s trying to be like, “I’m up there in the ranks,” and then there’s Bobby talking about music. “I put you on this, and I do this, and I need you to do these things.” They’re sort of fighting and leaving me in the middle is an interesting tension that happens when that happens. Mainly because they are siblings, so they have their own tensions that exist within their relationship.
It’s a dope story, and I think the audience is going to be excited. And I’m glad they see how it all goes with now me being a father, and Bobby being my brother but also my kid’s uncle – it’s just a lot of things intertwined. So yes, I love it.
Speaking of a big family, welcome to the family, Damani. We’re finally going to see U-God in all its glory, so what’s it like to step into those iconic shoes and have RZA as your guide?
Damani D. Sease: Honestly, it helped a lot because he’s one of the founding members. Having him there certainly helped a lot.
Putting myself in his shoes, I spoke to him several times and noticed that we had a lot in common. So it wasn’t too hard. I only really had to focus on certain things, like his vocals – U-God is known for that bass filled voice and his rap, so that was probably the hardest part. Honestly, just study his manners and watch interviews; talking to him and his son – it really helped bring the character to life.
You had some time between season 1 and season 2. What did you do to prepare yourself to return to this space?
Siddiq Saunderson: I was just trying to stay alive and not get COVID. Let me start off by saying this, because it seems like everyone on Instagram is really rushing us. I’m sure, Shameik, you got that in the DMs – and everyone’s in the comments like, “What’s taking you so long?” “
I really want viewers to hear this from me: we are human beings. We are actors and artists and public figures and la la la, but we are also people. And so when COVID came and hit, I was dealing – [like] everyone – with if it’s the end of the world. What is happening? They only have soup cans at Whole Foods, like, what’s going on?
I think for me: staying healthy, staying sane and focusing on my mental health were priorities. And then the show was like, “Okay, we’re coming back,” and I was like, “Okay, cool. I can start making money again. I’m working.”
But I think it definitely took a little second to get back to that go-go-go mode that is required when you’re on the set. Because 2020 was a lot. It was great; it was a time for reflection and pause. But there was a trauma that existed, at least for me personally, that I then felt I had to return to work. It just took a little bit of concentration of my energy and really good intentions to start the season.
Next: Top 10 Moments From Wu-Tang: An American Saga Season One
Wu-Tang: an American saga Season 2 premieres September 8 on Hulu.
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