Tyler Perry’s For Better Or Worse is returning for its second season on TBS and we’re pretty sure Tasha Smith’s outspoken— and crazy— character Angela played a huge part.
The 41-year-old actress sat down with Black Enterprise to discuss the upcoming season and how she reacts to being labeled an “angry black woman.”
Black Enterprise: What can fans expect from your character Angela in For Better or Worse?
Tasha Smith: They are going to see more of a balance. Angela’s home life is something they didn’t get to see in Why Did I Get Married? because she and Marcus were always traveling. She won’t just be going off and acting crazy, which I don’t really feel is her going off and being crazy as much as it is that she’s passionate and committed to her husband and marriage. Of course, Angela has some maturing to do, but a lot of women are insecure and fearful of abandonment, which makes them destructive and reactive. So people will see her as a wife, entrepreneur, and mother as well as see her trying to change and do what’s right.
BE: How do you respond to the criticism that Angela promotes the negative stereotype that black women are loud and combative?
TS: Any woman who has been in a relationship and has experienced anything close to what Angela and Marcus have knows things happen. Angela’s passionate, and if people give [the show] a chance, they will see how she matures as we all do. [Audiences] are going to identify with a lot of the different relationships. I want them to enjoy, laugh, and be inspired.
Check out the full interview at Black Enterprise!