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The Chi season 5: how musical theater inspired Nia Jervier’s love of acting

Showtime’s hit and iconic series The Chi Season 5 made its comeback to screens on June 26, 2022. This show has carved a place of its own in the hearts of devoted fans and viewers who have seen all of the characters constantly evolve over the course of the past four seasons. Each season since its first season in 2018, the series has been acclaimed by fans and critics for the show’s excellent portrayal of black people with an emphasis on their emotional turmoil and personal life struggles they go through while living in Southern California.

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Emmy Award-winning director Lena Waithe did an excellent job presenting the real-life struggles and personal struggles of the main characters. This time around, Nia Jervier plays Tierra, a confident and feisty god-niece of Mayor Otis “Douda” Perry (Curtiss Cook) in season 5 of “The Chi,” hired by him to rebrand him as a person. Tierra just knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to try, no matter what the cost and consequences. The current season focuses on black love by emphasizing how relationship arcs are constantly changing.

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Nia Jervier’s career

In an old 2015 interview with A Book of Us magazine, in which she shared how her love of acting began when she first appeared at the City Light Youth Theater audition, Jennifer said, “For me, it started when I was 8 years old. My mother enrolled me in musical theater classes at a school called City Lights Youth Theater. I went to musical theater every Saturday and drama every Wednesday until I graduated from high school. I’ve done countless musicals and plays there, including Once on This Island, The Apple Tree, and The Music Man. For me it was the most magical of all places.”

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Nia Jervier’s first audition appearance at the City Light Youth Theatre

Speaking of her very first audition appearance, Jervier said, “My first audition was at the City Lights Youth Theater to get into the program. My mom was in the room and I think I sang ‘The Wind Beneath’ by Wings.”

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Nia Jervier’s source of inspiration

Discussing what inspires her most as an actress, she said: “My creative inspiration comes from the classics; They always stand the test of time and inspire my art, even when I’m working on a project as modern and millennial relevant as Dear White People. Shakespeare, Moliere and Sondheim are friends in my mind. Classical music like Cole Porter, jazz standards, Bob Marley and Dina Washington speak to my heart.”

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Nia Jervier’s favorite acting icon

Explaining who her favorite actress is, the actress said: “Diahann Carroll! Her style and grace are second to none. She is the first African American woman to win a Tony Award for Best Actress on Broadway and the first to star in her own weekly primetime television series. She is also a Golden Globe winner and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. I am encouraged by the paths she blazed despite the obstacles of prejudice and hurdles of racism she endured in the political wilderness of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Her career spans 60 years and counting. She is a classic lady. My muse.”

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Nia Jervier’s career break with Dear White People

Sharing how fortunate and blessed she is to be a part of both the film and the television series Dear White People, Jervier said, “Being a part of the film and the television series is a unique and rewarding experience. It was a gift to see this project blossom and morph into the brilliance that defines the TV series. I was thrilled when I was invited to be part of the Netflix cast. The biggest difference for me personally would just be that I get to play Kelsey; She wasn’t in the movie. Being able to play a fully fleshed out role in a larger capacity means a lot to me. It’s an honor to be part of this groundbreaking project and talented cast. Dear White People is an ode to culture.”

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