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Actress Lana Young enjoying the limelight for role in hit Netflix film

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Lana Young in “A Jazzman’s Blues”, the Tyler Perry Netflix movie.

Bermudian actress Lana Young has been juggling a busy media schedule since the Tyler Perry movie she stars in hit the silver screen earlier this month.

Ms Young plays the mother of the leading lady in A Jazzman’s Blues, written and directed by Academy Award honouree Mr Perry, which is listing in the top three of Netflix’s most viewed films.

Speaking to The Royal Gazette last week, Ms Young said she was lined up for a slew of interviews after the premier at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11 and subsequent release on Netflix on September 23.

“I found out at the last minute I was part of press junket at TIFF and was flying to Canada on Saturday morning,” she said. “My agent gave me my schedule and it had all of these interviews and photoshoots ahead of the red carpet event - I had to do some fancy footwork to make them all.

“It included Entertainment Weekly [US digital entertainment magazine], The Wrap [US digital entertainment news organisation] - I was on The Daily Hour [Bermudian talk show] this morning and have been up since 6am. It was wonderful they are so upbeat, positive and hugely supportive on that show.

“I felt so grateful to be with the leading cast [on the junket], I wasn’t the lead so the fact that Tyler included me was an honour.”

Bermudian actress Lana Young starts in Netflix film The Jazzman’s Blues (Photograph supplied)

The film is described by Netflix as a “sweeping tale of forbidden love” in the Deep South in which 40 years of secrets and lies are unravelled.

It stars Joshua Boone known for his roles in Law and Order, and Amirah Vann who is best known for playing Tegan Price in How to Get Away with Murder.

While this is certainly not the first major production Ms Young has been involved in, she said it marked a huge step upwards in her career.

“It’s the biggest film I have been in,” she said. “My team sends me great auditions and now my name is in the mix with well-known actors.

“I’m hoping that I can go on to be a regular on a TV series and my next film goal is to have a character role that has a full arc from beginning to end.”

She said it was a pleasure to work with Mr Perry who she said played an active role in the filming process.

“He made it feel like we were all part of a family - he felt accessible to me the whole time. He’s a very kind and giving person and he loves to give those who may not be well known the chance to be seen.

“Tyler can afford to give new faces in the industry a chance - he has a loyal following, people love him and he pays it forward. I would love to work with him again.”

She has had a positive response from family and friends since appearing in the film.

She said: “My parents are aware of how hard I’ve worked and are looking at this part of my journey as a new fresh step. There is always something to celebrate, there is no plateau in this business. I look at it as a lifelong journey.

“I didn’t have any connections in the business, which can often be about nepotism. It was a leap of faith but I had a belief in myself and a dream, and went for it.”

Ms Young has several other projects in the pipeline, including the return of the Fox television show The Resident, in which she plays Mary Osder. Ms Young is also working on an original comedy called Between Us, which she co-wrote.

Ms Young started her acting career in her thirties after receiving a MA in acting from the Arts Educational School London. She has landed guest star roles including Detective Michele Hodiak in Gone [NBC], Linda in Kevin Can Wait [CBS], Debbie in The Act [Hulu] opposite Patricia Arquette, and more recently Dr Highland in WandaVision [Disney+].

She has worked with Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in the Oscar-winning film Beginners, played Gloria opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams in the boxing drama Southpaw, and played opposite Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux in the feature film The Girl on the Train.

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Published October 03, 2022 at 7:34 am (Updated October 03, 2022 at 9:43 am)

Actress Lana Young enjoying the limelight for role in hit Netflix film

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