‘9-1-1’: Athena Grant Actor Angela Bassett Revealed the Biggest Challenges of Starting on Show

by Kati Michelle
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The end of the year is fast approaching and for a lot of people, that means entering a period of reflection. It means looking back and thinking about what you might have done differently or what new goals you might set for the coming year. The “9-1-1” action series on Fox has come a long way since its debut just after New Year’s Day on January 3rd of 2018. And if this week’s midseason finale was any indication of what’s to come, fans better buckle up for a serious ride.

In the meantime, Angela Bassett is here to rewind the clocks and take a walk down memory lane. She’s lent both her acting and producing skills to the series for years and seems to have really found her pace with things. According to the star, though, that wasn’t always the case. She detailed her biggest challenges of starting on the show to Deadline and what she said might surprise you.

The ‘9-1-1’ Star Pokes Fun at the Uniforms Before Revealing Her Biggest Challenges as an Actress on the Procedural

The Fox procedural actually marked Bassett’s first-ever acting role portraying a cop. That alone must have been difficult, but apparently not as difficult as the costume. The actress joked with Deadline saying the uniforms were actually one of the biggest challenges of working on “9-1-1” during the first season.

“Those polyester uniforms that don’t stretch or give. That’s a challenge [laughs].”

She then dove a little deeper into the character dynamics on the show. Fans will remember how her Athena Grant character struggled with her marriage ending during the earlier seasons.

“But also, just the family dynamic. It’s a challenge that I welcome, that I relish, that I really enjoy discovering. Whenever the family or the husband was around, or the relationships—this woman who’s fresh out of a marriage and a mature woman, and now she’s back on the scene. What does she want, and how does she go about getting it? And is love still possible? Is it love that she wants, or is it lust that she needs at this time?”

How Much Does She Know About the Plot Ahead of Time?

Now that she regularly aids in the production aspect of the show, it’s probably a little different. But back in Season 1, Bassett rarely knew what was coming ahead. Just after the first season wrapped up, she mentioned:

“Dealing with that and the season-ending was a surprise. I’m reading the script like, ‘What?!‘ I know they’ve been in the writer’s room, so I can’t wait to see how we’re going to delve into this. I was wondering how the characters were going to come together…I’m looking forward to how that’s going to play out.”