Vivienne Acheampong Talks About ‘The Sandman’ Netflix Series – News Kidda

“You never know when it’s going to happen for you,” says Vivienne Acheampong. Speaking from the living room of her London flat, the “it” she refers to is the often elusive role or set of opportunities that makes one a regular working, in-demand actor – an actor who can leave the job they’ve worked to pay the bills. to pay. After supporting herself for several years as an elementary school teacher between acting roles, Acheampong made that professional step in 2019 as a regular on the BAFTA-winning sketch comedy show. famalamand recently appeared at the Royal Court Theater in London in the revenge drama of Alesea Harris Is God Is. Then she stars in the Netflix series the sandman.

“I’m biased, but I think people will love it,” she says of the show, which is based on Neil Gaiman’s fantasy comic and sees her character, Lucienne, play the right-hand man from Tom Sturridge’s Morpheus. Ahead of the August 5 premiere, she reflects on teaching and landing her current role.

You worked as a supply teacher, what we call a substitute in the United States. How was your teaching style?

I was very strict. The kids always said, “Yes … give teacher!” So I had to come in really hard and say, “I’m your teacher today, so you have to listen to me.” I was strict, but inside I would cry.

What attracted you? the sandman?

I loved the whole concept, and I loved [Lucienne], who is this calm, intelligent presence. I am also very interested in this theme of dreams. I had just lost my father about a year before this project came about, and my dreams became very important to me because my father was there a lot. I thought, “I’d really like to have this part,” and then I got the damn thing. Even now I can’t believe it.

Vivienne Acheampong

Thanks to Joseph Sinclair

You’ve done a lot of comedy – what was it like filming a fantasy?

It was a huge learning experience. I’ve never done anything like this and I’ve never worked with greenscreen. The first day of filming felt like a sketch of what it’s like to be on a film set.

Hair is such a hot button topic among black women. Have you always worn yours short?

No. I was always obsessed with my hair like obsessed. And when I lost my father, I looked at myself in the mirror and didn’t recognize myself. It was really weird. So I went to the hairdresser and cut it all off. When my cousin from Ghana came to see me, he said, “Did you know that in our tribe, when women lose their father, they cut their hair?” And I didn’t know that.

Are you nervous about it? The Sandman premiere?

It’s scary, but Kirby Howell-Baptiste, who is on the show, gave me such brilliant advice. She said, “No matter what happens, just remember how you felt doing the job because that will stay with you.”

The actress as Lucienne, the chief librarian in the dream realm in The sandman.

Thanks to Laurence Cendrowicz/Netflix

Interview edited for length and clarity.

This story first appeared in the July 27 issue of News Kidda magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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