Why Aminah Nieves Felt She Needed to Take 1923 Role

She eventually made the decision to audition—and she consulted her family for guidance.

“I was speaking with my Mom a lot,” Aminah said. “I almost didn’t feel worthy enough to tell this story because it’s so important. It’s scary when you’re telling something that has been a part of you since you were just a thought, since you were a little light beam in the cosmos. It’s terrifying.”

As she become entrenched in the arduous audition process, she leaned on that familial support system to push her through—ultimately serving as her greatest source of inspiration.

“After the third self-tape, I couldn’t not do it. I could not get that third self-tape. I couldn’t get through it,” she explained. “I was bawling. I was like, I need to do it, not only for me, but I looked at my Mom on the other side and I was like, ‘I gotta do it for her.'”


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