This year, Danielle Moné Truitt took on a new role as Ayanna Bell on Law & Order: Organized Crime. And she’s determined to keep her character fresh for years to come.
Detective Stabler gained a new partner when Ayanna Bell joined the team on Law & Order: Organized Crime. Bell, a commanding officer for the control bureau, is an intuitive detective who projects a tough exterior. But under that exterior is an extremely compassionate woman who will do anything to help her co-workers and victims of organized crimes.
In a recent interview with Starry Mag, Ayanna Bell’s actress, Danielle Moné Truitt, shared that it can be hard to portray such a complicated character week after week. And “the biggest challenge” is making sure that she’s “playing [Bell] as a human being.”
Danielle Moné Truitt Hopes that her Job on ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Never becomes ‘Mundane’
Truitt loves her new gig on Law & Order: Organized Crime. But she worries that her job will become more of a habit than a passion. And if Truitt loses her drive and connection with Detective Bell, the character will appear stagnant.
“I think that once the show is going on for so long and you’re doing kinda the same thing every week—you know with actors, you’re doing the same thing every day—week after week. And it’s 22 episodes “So the biggest challenge is making sure that I’m being honest as an actor and that I’m putting in the work that I need to be put in,’ she said. “You know, for this character to come to life. And it doesn’t just become this mundane thing.”
The Law & Order franchise has been around for over 30 years. So there is a good chance that Truitt will play Ayanna for a very long time. And she hopes she can always do justice to the role. But she knows she can fall into the trap of thinking, “ok, I’m going to work. And I’m gonna stand on my mark and say these lines.”
“It’s like really thinking about who my character is and the trajectory of where she’s going and even thinking about who I am as a person and what I can put into my character in light of who I am as a woman,” she continued.”Because the more that I can put into my character, the more vulnerable I am, the more to life she becomes. So you know, I think that’s the biggest challenge. Just making sure that you’re being honest with what you’re given and these scenes and stuff that you’re not just kinda going through the motions.”