Stacy Rose is becoming an all too familiar entity in theater and film. The actress just finished pro
Stacy Rose is returning from season 2 of Ballers as Dr. Robbins, a practical neurologist and confidant for Spencer Strasmore (played by Dwayne "The Roc" Johnson), a financial manager for professional football players in Miami.
Rose is set to premier on Season 3 of the buzzworthy series, which premiers on July 23, 2017.
Plot for Ballers
A superstar during his football playing days, Spencer Strasmore tries to find the same success as a financial manager for current players in sun-splashed Miami. Heeding his boss Joe's instruction to "monetize his friendships," Spencer builds a client base of young phenoms and veteran stars alike, but his role in their lives far exceeds money management as he struggles to help them navigate the many traps that come with life as big-time "ballers." The series is created by Stephen Levinson ("Entourage," "Boardwalk Empire") and stars Dwayne Johnson as Spencer.
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“Without saying too much, it’s always great when you have a recurring role. The producers and writers are able to keep you involved with the storyline; so initially the first two seasons, the storyline with Dwayne and his issue, we continued along that path. You know, and they are now creating some new end-roads for Dr. Robbins. I can’t say too much, but I’m so grateful that they’ve [HBO] decided to keep me in mind, and keeping her connected to the story, so it’s been a great ride."
Although Rose seized a phenomenal anecdote with HBO, you might also remember her saucy and native dialect from movies like Dolphin Tales, The Glades, Burn Notice, and Aquaman. Rose is more like the modern day, Cicely Tyson, who chooses characters that are unambiguously strong in virtues. She doesn’t go against her morality as a Christian woman; one, who can wake up in the mornings, look at herself in the mirror after a big performance, knowing that it was good day worth living—it was a job well done.
Speaking of her integrity, Stacy Rose, spoke elaborately about staying in the chronicles of who she is as a person and actor.
“Wow, that’s always a struggle for me. I don’t want to change my narrative. I am who I am, and I stand for certain things. I try to make sure that remains as a spine of who I am as an actor cause, that, then, informs the type of roles I’m willing to take. There are a lot of roles out there, but not everything is right for me, and not every story is a story I am willing or able to tell. We all have a choice and we just have to remember that. I have to remember that all the time.” While talking about the pivotal roles, Rose continued to share,
"First and foremost, it’s important for any role, that it not be contrary to who I am as a person. Now, I am a Christian person, and that’s just who I am. There is certain guidepost that I use in my life. There’s a certain way that I live; now, as a Christian, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have opinions or stories. I have opinions about a lot of things. I do. Not everything is Holy Ghost and bible talk. No, cause I’m still a person and I’m still human, so as long as the role is not contrary to my core belief, that is important—then beyond that, I love a great story. I love a great story that talks about the human condition. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Life is messy. You have a lot of broken people and happy people… there are so many stories to be told in life. I don’t shy away from telling those stories. Just like the bible, there are all kinds of things in the bible, it’s just how the story is told, and the pain, the purpose of telling the story."
As a native of Kingston Jamaican who resides in South Florida, the cultural attaché is producing and and starring in “Break the Stage,” a story about a troubled and self-centered teen who must earn the respect of her step team, before she can lead them to the National Championship.
The pulsating actor hosts a Caribbean Gospel music show called the “Island Praise”. The show airs Saturdays on South Florida Caribbean Music show, “Love Doc’n GIRL Power Radio Show.
The show is another endowment that Rose jumped into right after leaving corporate America, which is something that she does even when she isn’t acting.
The brilliant performer agrees that black actors and starring roles is like tasting the forbidden fruits of film. There are difficulties that many face. She confirms that for her, it was a natural progression to get into film-work.
“I started in theater. I did that for a longtime and just the evolution kind of required that I move into TV, which theater is great. I love theater but, unfortunately, if you decided that this is how you’re going to make a living, it’s more of a walk of passion, so I found that TV and film—I was able to make a living. There is hope of making a living doing film and TV, so I just moved in that direction, and started doing TV shows. In South Florida, TV shows would come through, and then films every now-and-again. It just developed in me getting representation in different markets that I could try out for larger projects that were outside of South Florida. It was very much just a natural progression for me because I decided that this is how I wanted to spend my life. I wanted to spend my life in this business so I had to find a way to make it work.”
Speaking of not just film work, but theater, Rose said her favorite role is from a play called “The Glass Menagerie”.
“I think the name of my character was Amanda. It was a while ago… it was a colorblind casting because this role is normally for a middle age Caucasian woman. For some reason, the director thought that I could pull it off, considering my age. It was already decided that the cast was going to be colorblind, so me playing a middle-aged white woman was interesting to say the least. It was quite a challenge but I had so much fun working on that project. I think in my memory, it's the best role I’ve had in theater.”
Loving the profound challenges of a part, Rose continued theater; she dabbled in voiceover work, and is now producing her own featured films. She said that it was a challenge to produce her first film which was, “A Baptism by Fire”.
“It was a true challenge, but that’s how life is. We have to learn somehow; sometimes you’re able to have people to walk you along the path and show you the pitfalls and etcetera, and sometimes you have to jump right in feet first and figure it out; and that was the situation, to jump in feet first and figure it out along the way. I made many mistakes but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world because that, for me, there are no actors in my life. That was necessary for me to learn and grow in this way. I learned so much, and I’m so much better for it as a producer and as an actor. I will definitely keep on producing… I like the fact that I am able to have my own voice and create content for stories that I am interested in so that I will never have to wait on work to come. I can create my own work, which I think is very empowering in a way that I’d like to continue my career.
With a beautiful declaration, it’s safe to say that Rose is thinking outside the box, and blurring the lines—there is no ending to her talents. Creating films for the US and her native roots was another of goal for the actress.
“We haven’t been really able to incorporate all of my roots, but there is reference to it, like in the last film. There is reference to my culture. It’s not specified but I am a Jamaican in the film. My character is Jamaican; so starting there, I’m just so happy to be able to present a part of my culture on the world stage. Beyond that, the hope is that—the plan is to create more content that is specific to the Caribbean and specific to Jamaica. There are so many stories peeling from my homeland, and then stories about my people, Caribbean, Jamaican people, that are yet to be told. And, I am thrilled to be able to be in that place where the opportunity is there for me to tell those stories. My hope is to be able to take advantage of those opportunities and create some great work, shed some new light, and new insight on our Caribbean people, and what it means to be a Jamaican.
Since we are on the subject about tapping into the diverse elements of film, Rose remarked that she loves doing comedy.
“Well, you know, somehow I always get cast for serious dramatic roles but, I love comedy. Comedy is harder than drama for sure, but I have so much fun. Low-key, I think I’m a funny person. When I’m hanging around my friends and family, I’m very funny but, in a general setting, I don’t come across as funny. I come across as pretty serious.”
Rose does voiceover work. She said that in order to do that type of animation, you need a combination of talent, training, creativity, headshots, as well as an agent, to help with demo reels so that you can break into the movie industry.
Don’t get too excited with that information because according to Rose, the movie business is difficult to break into.
“With my experience, and the experience of other actors I know, it’s rough. You have to really want to do it, and you have to be willing to do it free. If you want to do it free, chances are… this is the place for you. Be happy and content with it. Once you have that real conversation with yourself about what your passions are and where you want to spend the rest of your life, then you can move forward because the answer is, ''Yes, I will do this for free. Yes, I can see myself in this field for the next forty, sixty-years, until I retire or until I die,' then this is where you need to be."