It's never, you know - it's never the - hopefully, it's never the same. You're trying to express yourself. And the idea and the concept of a Black woman being revered by her children and respected is an idea that I think deserves to live on screen and in this world and in spirit. I remember we were actually shooting at their house in Encino and - Lawrence Jacobs and myself. And some of the roles I remember you may be playing - it might be a role of a prostitute. But then you get an opportunity to do television, and then you want to do more. Do it with excellence, not just a waste of time, you know. So not a lot of - and commercials. BASSETT: You know, I might be feeling a certain way about myself now today. Get on up here, Teach. SANDERS: If you wanted to say to folks that wanted to know who Angela Bassett is as a performer, what is one quintessential role of yours that you would steer them towards and say, if you watch that, you will get me as a performer? Yeah. It's more like - you know, it's more like - it was more like street theater. And, you know, it's great - you know, you make $500 for the day or whatever. So this movie, it's all about a character named Joe Gardner, this middle school band teacher who really wants to be a professional jazz piano player. SANDERS: Well, that'll sell anyone on theater. (SOUNDBITE OF CONCENTUS HUNGARICUS PERFORMANCE OF JENO JANDO'S "PIANO CONCERTO NO. UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As character) What? You're writing poems and short stories. And I've always known that what work for me may not work for everyone. And he was strong. They would come in and audition you for film. It starts streaming on Disney+ Christmas Day. Yeah. She's one of the voices in the new Disney and Pixar animated film "Soul.". BASSETT: (As Katherine Jackson) Joe Jackson, you're a liar, and you're a cheat. It comes from going to the theater and seeing Cicely Tyson in "Sounder" or Diana Ross in "Lady Sings The Blues" - you know, I mean, not noble, rich, grand, stately characters but grand in their - you know, in what moves them and who they are and grand in these women's excellence, just singular excellence, you know? They'd go back to California, cast someone who was there. But roles would - new roles would come along. Wow. But it has to paint. SANDERS: What do you say when that happens? You're right. I'm Terry Gross. BASSETT: Well, I didn't have to say too much because then the world started changing. But it's generally just a reader or the director. But, you know, you have a pride in how you do things and what you say yes to doing. Even growing up after drama school and coming to New York, it just seemed to be these constraints of - these are commercial actors. You know, and I was - my first love was theater. She's one of the voices in Pixar's new animated film "Soul." And when you have more awareness, you know, maybe you make different choices. Let's get back to our interview with Angela Bassett. I mean, the world started showing its face, you know? And then, when they get to about 14, and they think that, mom, that's a stereotype or you're - that's so race - or they think that you're wrong about it, about what goes on in the world. BASSETT: You know what? GROSS: This is FRESH AIR. I'm here with my son, T'Challa. Hollywood actress Angela Bassett feels it is important to have people of colour in the world of animated stories, because it is important for the young generation to know that there is a … Best of 2020: Our Favorite Adaptations BY David Rapp • Dec. 28, 2020 ... Oprah Winfrey, and Angela Bassett, read and perform Coates’ words; the author himself makes an appearance toward the end. You - it starts showing itself. I don't want you no more (crying). BASSETT: It has never been the other actor (laughter), which is strange. Fresh Air For Dec. 22, 2020: Angela Bassett Hear the Fresh Air program for December 22, 2020 All right. GROSS: We're listening to the interview our guest interviewer Sam Sanders recorded with Angela Bassett, one of the stars of the new Pixar animated film "Soul." I could tell by her wedges. Angela Bassett and Phylicia Rashad on 'Soul' and Remembering Chadwick Boseman (Exclusive) By John Boone‍ 10:00 AM PST, December 21, 2020 Entertainment Tonight Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett and Tina Fey discuss the new Disney/Pixar movie “Soul.” The animated film is the first Pixar movie to have a Black lead animated character. SANDERS: Angela Bassett, thank you so much for your time here on FRESH AIR. You know, the whole time, we were - yeah. GROSS: This is FRESH AIR. So what are you going to do - I don't know - shoot me? SANDERS: And I was like, I wouldn't have expected to see Angela Bassett doing this. But I have seen one back in the day of Betty Carter, you know, leading her quartet of young musicians, you know, whether it's Cyrus Chestnut, you know, and that ilk. And he says, hey, we need some help. She famously played Tina Turner in the Tina Turner biopic "What's Love Got To Do With It. But you got to live in that moment. They're not white, they're peach. I love that, that callback. Yeah, I get it. You know, Halle Berry did that work, got that Oscar. She's received Emmy nominations for her roles in "American Horror Story," as well as guest appearances on "Master Of None" and "A Black Lady Sketch Show." It's a pleasure. So I remember how I felt listening to them or going to see Betty Carter and those young musicians looking up at her, and she's leading them. SANDERS: Is this kind of voice acting in an animated film like this one easier or harder for you than - I don't know - quote, unquote, "regular acting," where we, you know, see your body on a screen? And I remember thinking, oh, if I could make people feel as bad as I feel right now. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information. We can give you so much kings and queens. He was not. And, you know, and it was something different. I'm thinking right now specifically of John Singleton, you know, and "Boyz N The Hood," where I had come to LA from New York, you know - not much television. One day, an old student of Joe's, who is a drummer for Dorothea Williams' band, he calls Joe. And yet, you know, perhaps, from time to time early in the career, you're in a career where you are sort of boxed in or shoved into, you know, little, safe, recognizable places and stuff. I came away, and I'm good with my choice. ANGELA BASSETT: (As Tina) I've got a room full of people who've come to see me - you hear me, Ike? You know, it's just your voice. DENNIS: (As Mya) No. BASSETT: Yeah, it soars, and I know he's watching me. BASSETT: Oh, yeah. But I think we should be. But as times change, you know, and roles come and go and opportunities, I've been able to say yes to various things that, I guess, have, you know, freed me from that, you know, from... BASSETT: The tightest constraints of being only this are only that. This is FRESH AIR. SANDERS: That role got her an Oscar nomination. Would the Angela Bassett of today turn it down now? BASSETT: It may be you're a nurse on a soap opera. It's the only one we got. All rights reserved. But that ain't you, sis. Pixar's new animated film "Soul" has an all-star cast providing the voices, Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs, Questlove and our guest, Angela Bassett. BASSETT: Yeah. And these are the movie stars, and that's the rarified air up there, and no one crosses any of the boundaries. You must hear that longing and that pathos or that joy or whatever it may be in the voice, in the voice (laughter). SANDERS: Wow. We're not Black, we're brown. But, I mean, there is a desire in me to not be boxed in, you know, to not be underestimated. I don't want you. SANDERS: Oh, that is a song for drama, though, because, you know, it just builds up and you can just go. You know how they do. I was like, wait a minute. We'll hear more of their interview after a short break. But this is also a Pixar movie, which means that "Soul" is about bigger things as well, like what makes a person a person, what happens before and after life on Earth and what's the purpose of life anyway? Here's Sam. Copyright © 2020 NPR. Like, was your family like, OK, she's going to be an actress? You know, little four lines here (laughter), you know, and do some Langston Hughes poems there and put a little ginger on it, you know, put a little funk on it, a little drama, you know - wherever I could. Angela Bassett and Phylicia Rashad Talk Disney's Soul Discussing Disney's Soul With Angela Bassett and Phylicia Rashad Is as Inspiring as You'd Imagine December 25, 2020 … BASSETT: Yeah. That's who I sort of recalled and imagined in approaching Dorothea. I'm fine with it. Angela Bassett werd geboren in New York, waarna ze als kind verhuisde naar Saint Petersburg in Florida.Angela en haar zus D'nette werden opgevoed door hun moeder Betty. It features Robin Thede and Laverne Cox as other members of the group. I used to run around my house in my parents' face, going, I don't want you no more. BASSETT: Because there was all this stuff in the tabloids about Michael. Save. That's just the way that I've seen it, you know? I don't want you. BASSETT: Thank you, appreciate speaking with you. It's so real. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. SANDERS: So you had the performance in you. I don't care if it's uplifting. You turned it down then. - come to see me. I'm Terry Gross. 1. Like, you have this career now where you've literally seemed to have touched every kind of type of performance as an actress, you know, on stage, on film. But if I could make people cry to this depth, you know, be so moved, how wonderful that would be. "Soul" will be released on Disney+ Christmas Day. Sam is the host of the NPR show It's Been a Minute. Part of it's - I'm like, how was I taught race as a kid? And it was a choice that I made. Share, rate and discuss pictures of Angela Bassett's feet on wikiFeet - the most comprehensive celebrity feet database to ever have existed. SANDERS: What made you want to get into acting? That's true. It starts streaming on Disney+ Christmas Day. And I go to - and he was - and I was actually trying to just, you know, beat him down. You know, there is one movie that's always spoken of. BASSETT: Yeah. BASSETT: Listen; you got to be happy with the decisions that you make in this life, you know? The DVD disc: "What's Love Got To Do With It" is a beautiful 118 minute studio reenactment of the ups and downs with in and out experiences which led to the actual start --then, finally, the fascinating career success of a famous R&B vocalist: Tina Turner (Angela Bassett) and the abusive she lived with Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne). So it's various elements that are drawing me. I think it comes not from one particular space, you know? SANDERS: It's so good. They're making me say yes. And with apologies to the writers and to you and to everyone else in this clip, we have to bleep the Bs for broadcast. Biography. (SOUNDBITE OF DAVE BRUBECK'S "SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN"). Both in front of the camera and behind the camera - opportunity. 2020-05-09 19:14:51. BASSETT: I would have to say "What's Love.". The following is a comprehensive list of acting and directing credits for American actress Angela Bassett. We'll be right back after a short break. They only do commercials. You can't just look at my face and see that I'm sad. You know. Cameron Scheetz. I think you know what I'm talking about. I mean, you would listen to her, and you would hear strains of classical music mixed with jazz, mixed with a little lullaby (laughter), you know, of your youth. And like you said, never having seen this, but I think some of the funniest people I know are Black ladies (laughter). The following is a comprehensive list of acting and directing credits for American actress Angela Bassett. SANDERS: Do you still hear from folks about that? BASSETT: (As Mo) ...As long as you're not a basic [expletive]. And you don't have the other distractions, you know, the physicality, the facial expressions, you know, the others. I call upon Bast. Are you teaching them things different about race than the way race was taught to you when you were a kid? And you'll hear Dorothea as well, voiced by Angela Bassett. And they're saying, they're what? ", (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE JACKSONS: AN AMERICAN DREAM"). BASSETT: It definitely gives me hope. You're like, oh, lord. We're - you know, we've got - we take care of ourselves. I don't want you. BASSETT: I probably would have done that sketch. It was make believe. And earlier in your career, more so than now, there was this pressure to outperform, overperform, be better than because you're Black, because you're a Black woman. We grow in our own time and place and space. They give you something. And the movie is all about whether or not Joe gets that big break. BASSETT: I can't even reflect on that. BASSETT: Determined, resilient, hard-working, back-backbreaking, emotional - yeah. And I was - you know, and I find - you know, he's on the phone, and I catch him talking to somebody he shouldn't be talking to.