In 2006, she took over one of the most popular, young adult roles in the history of CBS Daytime's No. 1 soap — and more than made it her own. In 2013, however, The Young and the Restless alum Davetta Sherwood (ex-Lily Winters) is going hard on cable.
The talented actress is starring as feisty stylist Cecile on Fuse's first-ever scripted drama, The Hustle. I recently caught up with an all-grown-up Sherwood, who dished about her new gig in creator Prentice Penny's (Happy Endings) dramedy.
Daytime Confidential: Congratulations on being cast as Cecile in Fuse's premiere, scripted drama, The Hustle. What can you tell us about your character?
Davetta Sherwood: I play Kutta’s [one of the rappers from the group] baby mom. She’s a mother and a stylist. And despite not being with Kutta, she is still trying to have her career as well as keep a cordial relationship with her child’s father. She kind of helped him get on and she still cares about him. But now she is dating someone and trying to live her life.
DC: The show is being compared to HBO's Entourage, only instead of exploring the film industry through the eyes of young, white men, The Hustle is set in the world of hip-hop and has a predominantly black cast. Do you feel this type of program is a long time coming?
DS: Yes. When I, or friends, watched Entourage, or talked about it, they love the show, but you can’t help but think, what about us? We all know people who are hustling, or working, or trying to make it in one aspect or another. The Hustle gives us that. It’s not exactly Entourage. It has the same feel though, mixed with a hip-hop feeling. I think everyone can enjoy that.
DC: There seems to be more opportunities for women of color to do drama on television of late. Kerry Washington is killing it on ABC's Scandal. Meagan Good had the lead role in the short-lived Deception on NBC. OWN is breaking records with The Haves and The Have Nots starring Tika Sumpter. Have you noticed a shift in the mood among other actresses of color when auditioning for roles?
DS: I think there is a bit more confidence, more a sense of we have a choice when it comes to the roles we play. I’m not taking anything from anyone, as we all have to crawl before we walk, but it’s great to be in a place where you actually have a choice. You can say, “No, I’m not playing that part.” Or, you can even start giving your insight or perspective into what the character is, or feels in the scene. Before, you were so happy to get offered a role, many just took it and kept quiet. I think we are finding our voice.
DC: You're no stranger to drama, having starred as Lily Winters on The Young and the Restless, but The Hustle is being billed as a "dramedy". Are you ready to exercise your funny bone?
DS: I am. I have played mostly dramatic roles, but in real life I am funny. Well, I think I am anyway. So it’s going to be great to be able to explore that.
DC: Speaking of Y&R, you haven't played Lily since 2006, but a week doesn't go by without at least one fan writing on a soap opera message board that they wish you were still in the role. Did you expect to make such an impact, during your brief stint on the sudser?
DS: Not at all. I still get emails and people recognize me in the street at times and it's still just a blessing to have had that opportunity.
DC: What would you say to your soap opera fans, to convince them to tune in for The Hustle?
DS: If you were a fan of Y&R for the drama and you got attached to the characters, The Hustle will have you begging for the next episode. You have great characters that you can relate to and really build a relationship with. An amazing cast, with wonderful guest appearances and even some fights. What more could you want?
The Hustle airs Wednesdays at 11/10C on Fuse.