Interviews , Television

Yvette Nicole Brown On Working With The Young Cast in Disney+'s 'Big Shot,' Staying Busy With Versatile Jobs

Yvette Nicole Brown is everywhere and she has no plans on slowing down. In season 2 of Disney+’s Big Shot, Marvyn Korn (John Stamos) returns to Westbrook with a new fire, ready to show that his basketball team belongs in D-2 and that he’s still the championship-winning, powerhouse coach he was in the NCAA. Marvyn’s latest plan toward relevance is to get his team broadcast on ESPN and his method is to recruit an unlikely player: Ava (Sara Echeagaray), a gutsy beach volleyball phenom whose public tantrum got her ousted from her own sport. Between losing their assistant coach Holly Barrett (Jessalyn Gilsig) to a rival school, new friction amongst teammates, a sudden and unexpected proximity to boys and off-the-court disasters that no one could’ve predicted, this season, the Westbrook Sirens have even more to prove. 

This season also shows the transition from an all-girls school to co-ed, with Brown taking the lead as the beloved character Sherilyn Thomas. Ahead of the Season 2 premiere, Shadow and Act spoke with Brown about her excitement for the show, other projects she’s working on and keeping a versatile resume.

Working alongside the talented young cast is one of Brown’s favorite things about the show. She makes it a personal mission to foster relationships with the cast and try her best to guide them both on and off-screen.

“It’s been amazing. And they keep all of us energized because they are full of so much energy and excitement about life,” she said. “I remember what it was like to do my first show. And so it kind of reminds me as an older person – I remember that sense of wonder and joy. So, it’s been really a joy. And they listen to us because we have walked the path that they hope to walk in this industry. So it’s nice to have someone ask questions about the best way to find a publicist or should I go to this party? I got invited, and what premiere should I go to? It’s nice to be able to have that conversation with the young ladies as well.”

Aside from the show, Brown has another Disney project coming up with 'Disenchanted.' She also stays booked and busy with a variety of jobs in film, television, talk shows and even game shows. With streaming and linear television, she’s allowed to stretch as an actor and creative in multiple ways.

“There are probably people that will watch it if you go, ‘Yes, we see her way too much.” I actually don’t feel like there’s a chance that you can. I like game shows, I like talk shows, I like voiceover, I like dramas, I like comedies. And I am blessed to be asked to take part in all of those things at different times. And so I don’t want to limit myself and say, well, I can’t do a talk show. I can’t do a game show. Why not?” she explained. “I don’t know that I believe that there’s anything there’s such thing as oversaturation as long as you’re bobbing and weaving and changing lanes. So I don’t act all the time. I don’t do voiceover all the time. I don’t do game shows all the time. I just kind of pop up different places and different audiences like those types of shows. So I think it’s a fun way to make it through the industry and in a way to make a living. I enjoy it.”

Big Shot season 2 is streaming on Disney+.

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