'Good Trouble': Versatile Nicki Micheaux's passion for "the fight for justice" lands her another significant role
Micheaux plays the role of Sandra Thompson - the grieving mother of an unarmed black murder victim - whose case the show's lead Callie Foster takes up
Nicki Micheaux is what you would label an emblem of versatility when it comes to prominent roles in TV series. From horror to drama and suspense thrillers revolving around detectives, Micheaux's contribution to television spans different genres with roles set out on making an impact on the world. Currently, on Freeform's 'Good Trouble', she plays the role of Sandra Thompson - the grieving mother of an unarmed murdered black victim - whose case is being handled by the law firm the show's lead, Callie Foster (Maia Mitchell), works at.
"Set five years after the final of 'The Fosters', 'Good Trouble' follows Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana Adams Foster as they begin their lives in Los Angeles, Callie as a law clerk and Mariana as a software engineer," reveals the official synopsis of the show.
Speaking about her role, Micheaux exclusively told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Sandra's son, Jamal, "was killed by the police. Now, we are taking the case to trial five years later and Callie is a clerk in the judge's office who has the case."
Elucidating on the significance of the plot, especially in the contemporary socio-political climate, where police brutality against the black community is still a burning issue, Micheaux's character "Sandra is a typical mother facing extraordinary tragedy. And we see her fighting for justice," said the mother of two. "I think it was that fight for justice that drew me to the character."
"There’s so much to fight for in our country right now. And I jumped at the chance to play a character and to be a part of the story that’s trying to say something," she added. But it wasn't just the story, she was excited about. Micheaux said working with the cast and crew of the show has been "great", and something she has "loved doing, because of the spinoff from The Foster’s, I’ve walked into, basically, a really big family."
And as big as her 'The Fosters' and 'Good Trouble' family might be, Micheaux's collection of roles over various genres through her rich career is even bigger. "I would say any good part is always a challenge," spilled the 'Lincoln Heights' and 'Lowlife' actress. "Portraying a story that is playing out in real American homes day in and day out, real people are losing their lives to police violence, my goal is to be as authentic and truthful as possible in representing these real people."
Being an absolute horror fan, which she believes is "a lot of fun and also great for the fans," Micheaux is a full-time mother to her two gorgeous children, striking the perfect work-life balance by following her personal mantra, "Stop and be grateful. Stop doing everything all the time. Take time for yourself. Take time for the kids. Take time to just sit and breathe. It’s always a challenge because there are things I’d like to achieve, dreams I have. At the same time I have my dream already. I have two amazing children who I love. Everything else is just like a cherry on top."
As her journey as Sandra meanders through the tragic story on 'Good Trouble', fans can always watch out for "the arc I have coming up on 'Chicago PD'. It starts in a couple of weeks it should be really great. After that, you can see me playing a drug dealer on 'In the Dark' on The CW."