Exclusive: Meagan Good talks Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Exclusive: Meagan Good talks Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
by Wilson Morales
December 19, 2013
Currently out in theaters in the heavily anticipated Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Harrison Ford, and Greg Kinnear.
With the 70′s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
For Good, who plays Ron’s new boss, Linda Jackson, the role represents a new look for the Los Angeles native. Known for her roles in urban films such as Eve’s Bayou, Biker Boyz, Waist Deep, Stomp the Yard, Jumping the Broom, and more recently Think Like a Man, Good has reinvented her career with leading role projects. She recently headed the NBC series, ‘Deception.’ Despite the fact that it only lasted one season, it the show expanded her profile to another level and led to bigger projects. In ‘Anchorman,’ she’s figures predominantly in the story.
In speaking exclusively with Blackfilm.com, Good goes over her role in ‘Anchorman 2,’ her career change, and working with her husband DeVon Franklin in building a community of positively.
How would best describe Linda Jackson?
Meagan Good: Linda Jackson is aggressive and smart and has been working really hard to get where she is. She’s in a very unlikely position at the time, being a black woman at that time. She’s a tough cookie but underneath it all, she has a soft heart and wants to do the right thing.
What was the appeal to doing the film?
MG: I just wanted to do because I had been dying to do some comedy. I wanted to work out this other muscle that I haven’t had the chance to do during the duration of my career. Drama is my comfort zone. To do something like this where I’m completely out of that zone, you have to be fearless and unafraid and try things and see if they work. A lot of times they are not going to. For me, it was about doing something different and new.
The film takes place at a time where you were either young or not even born. Who did you refer to as a guide to that era?
MG: I did some research. I definitely spoke with my mom and dad but I did a lot of research online, especially with the position and the mentality that comes with it. I watched a couple of different movies and put together a template of what I felt that position is.
Then there’s the cast. How was working with Will Ferrell?
MG: He is so genuine and is a sweet person. He’s humbled and quiet and not at all like a wild and crazy guy. He’s just a humble guy.
And working with the rest of the cast?
MG: I got like the best case scenario. It’s amazing how supportive everyone was and there are no divas or anyone trying to steal the shine or have their moment in the sun. It was about supporting each other and making a good movie.
What was the funniest part of doing this film?
MG: The fun part was being in the film. I felt as an actor I grew a lot because I had the freedom to try different things and it made coming to work not like coming to work but coming to play; and everyone is coming to play and enjoying each other. It really was a laid back atmosphere. A lot of times it’s just very hard work and long hours.
Was that the first time you ever wore your hair like that?
MG: Yes. I was dabbling with the idea of doing something similar to that and I hadn’t done it yet. When we trying to figure out what my hairstyle was going to be, we were thinking the Foxy Brown look with the Afro, and we landed a picture of Oprah (Winfrey) from the 80s that we loved. This was a good opportunity to get it in and I really loved wearing my hair like that.
When you’re in a film that already has a fanbase and is a non-urban film, what does that do for your career?
MG: I don’t know. I just wanted to go into this with the right mindset and just do good work, but I really don’t know. Hopefully it brings more opportunity. I believe in God that it will. The awesome part about doing ‘Deception’ was that it created an avenue for this opportunity. Hopefully, it the road continues for more work.
Although ‘Deception’ lasted one season, are there any thoughts to going back to the TV world?
MG: If it was the right thing. I’ve been steering away from TV because I was afraid of the commitment, but I also told my agent that if a show comes along where I can do action or it’s a leading role and there’s diversity and there’s a lot of interesting aspects about it and I can beat people up, that’s the kind of show that I would do. When the script for Deception landed in my hands, I was like, “This is exactly it!” That experience matured me in a lot of ways; not just in my career, but in my personal life as well. If the right thing came along, I know it would be another great experience and another awesome chapter in my life.
‘Think Like a Man 2’ hits theaters next year. What can we expect from your character?
MG: Well, she’ll be funnier this time around. I came straight from the Anchorman set to do this film. At one point I shot both films at the same time, from the last week of Anchorman and the first week of Think Like a Man 2. There is a lot more freedom with my character and a lot of more trust with me and the director (Tim Story) and the cast. We had a lot more freedom to know our characters and see what happens. You can expect the movie funnier and everyone moving into the next chapter of their lives in terms of their characters. You can expect to more of the women together and you can expect a fun, crazy ride.
A lot of people have credited ‘Think Like a Man’ as the film broke the barrier to have Hollywood greenlit more urban films. Do you believe so?
MG: Yeah. I think there’s a lot of truth to that. It was a hit that not everyone was expecting and when it happened, it helped solidify that people want to see our faces and people want to see more of us. They enjoyed it and ‘The Best Man Holiday’ is proof of that as well. Hopefully there will be tons and tons of more films because we need our “Boomerang” and “Coming to America” and all the wonderful things we had in the 80s and 90s. We need more variety on the screen.
We also need more black actresses in leading roles.
MG: Will Ferrell and I were doing ‘106 and Park’ and he said to me, “Congratulations, because as the reviews have been coming out, your name has been mentioned in them and your performance. I’m just happy for you.” It made me feel so good because I’m the only black cast member in the film and to be mentioned alongside him in the reviews and I’m a new cast member, it means a lot to me. Every single turn is a stepping stone a building block in showing that people do want to see our faces and that we are capable for leading roles and people will love it. We just need more vehicles that allow us to do that.
What keeps you grounded?
MG: My husband, my family, my purpose. It’s my desire to not succeed in the industry as a celebrity or star but to succeed in the industry as a platform to build my kingdom. On the creative side, I love what I do for a living. There’s a lot of ups and downs that come with it and if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t do it; but I do love it. I just want to creatively expand and feed my soul.
Is there anything else coming up?
MG: No, I’m just working on sisters’ projects. My older sister has a solo project and my younger sister is in a singing group called ‘Phoenix Rose’ and there’s four girls from 16-18 years of age and I sort of being as a manager and if even it’s not the job that I want to have, I’ve developing them for a few years. We covered Ariana Grande’s ‘The Way.’ We’ve been working on something positive that young girls can listen to. My sister and I have a foundation called ‘For the Greater Good’ and we’re getting that up and running. Devon and I have been going around and talking with people and churches and trying to build a community of positively.