#WCW: Xosha Roquemore


Photography/Catherine Powell

What is your quintessential dream role?

I would love to play a real person. Maybe someone who is alive or existed. A biopic, yeah, that would be cool. If they did a “Mahogany” remake, I’d also want to be her even though that wasn’t a real person.

What draws you to the role that Diana Ross did such a fantastic job in?

That was just so glamorous and cool and I loved the story. I wanted to be a model when I was younger, but this was the story of a Black American girl model going from Detroit to all of a sudden Paris and all up in Rome. That’s dope.

You mentioned dabbling in modeling. Is that something that you’ve ever taken seriously?

I’m too old to be just a model at this point in the game, but being an actress is kind of like modeling. There’s a modeling component that comes with certain parts that you might get, but I’m not looking to start a career as a model on the runway at 31. That’s not really realistic. (laughs) Most models my age by now would be retired, you know?

What’s one thing about you that most people wouldn’t know just by looking at you?

I’m shy. I’m super bubbly and outgoing usually, but then I get super shy.

How so?

Well, in intense situations like meeting my boyfriend’s family for the first time. That’s the kind of shy I become.

You just said ‘boyfriend.’ Does that mean you’re off the market?

Yes, I’m attached. I have a fiancé.

Congratulations! Where are you in the planning process for the big day?

Oh my god, no plans or anything yet. This is still very new. I’m just luxuriating in the proposal. It’s only been a couple of days so I’m just really excited.

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