Over the past 30 years, beautiful actress Angela Bassett has played an impressive line of real-life characters from Rosa Parks to Tina Turner and Betty Shabazz has a newrole as an L.A. street cop named Athena Grant in “9-1-1,” a new series about first responders that premiered to rave reviews last Wednesday on Fox.
The show draws together three branches of first responders: the Police Department, the Fire Department, and the 9-1-1 emergency team.
While Bassett says she was attracted to the part because of the character’s story, as well as the police work, it’s definitely not a role she takes lightly. Just the amount physical stuff she has to do on set is different for the beautiful 59-year-old actress. But it’s one she faces head on.
“I love doing action,” says Bassett to the Detroit News. “Since I’m not 21, there’s some, ‘Let me get to the gym so I can do it.’ But I love to defy expectations.