BA Exclusive: ’Twenties’ Star Jonica “Jojo” T. Gibbs Talks Her Hopes For The New BET Series And Lessons She Learned From Lena Waithe: “You Stay Ready, You Ain’t Got To Get Ready”

Twenties lead Jonica T. Gibbs shares lesson from series creator LenaWaithe: “You stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready.”

Earlier this week, BET held its red carpet for the upcoming and highly-anticipated new series ’Twenties.’ The new comedy was created by Waithe and tells the story of “Hattie” (Gibbs), a queer Black woman who is fighting to kick start her career as a TV writer in Los Angeles, a nod to Waithe’s real-life story.

Just weeks prior, Baller Alert caught up with Gibbs on the NAACP carpet, where she explained how she got the role of “Hattie.” “It was the biggest blessing ever.  I’m still trying to soak in this moment,” said Gibbs. “I went from doing stand-up comedy, not having an agent or a manager, deciding to do my own thing, getting an opportunity to audition out of nowhere, and getting it. I was just like, ‘Thank You, Lord.’”

Gibbs then discussed the importance of always being equipped to perform a job with little to no notice. “That’s one of the things I definitely learned from Lena is you stay ready, you ain’t got to get ready. And when the moment comes, you gone capitalize on it.”

She said the one thing she’d like viewers to take away from the show is how to be uniquely them. “I really hope what people take away from Twenties is appreciating people for being uniquely themselves for living their true lives, for being confident, for stepping into their truth…I hope they take away laughs, of course. I hope they take away feelings of I want to see some episodes two, three, four, five, six, seven, ya know? Season two,” Gibbs said with a laugh.⠀⠀

Twenties will premiere on BET on Wednesday at 10/9c.

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