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‘Roxanne Roxanne’ Star on Working With Mahershala Ali: ‘I Got Paid to Take a Master Class’

‘Roxanne Roxanne’ Star on Working With Mahershala Ali: ‘I Got Paid to Take a Master Class’

Producer Mimi Valdes got a call from Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali in 2016 and she nearly had a panic attack. Valdes knew Ali just rehearsed with the lead actress of her upcoming film, a newcomer who just signed on to the project days ago. Was she bad? Did she have to recast with only a few days left before the start of shooting?

“That girl is a star,” Ali reassured her.

That star is Chanté Adams, who joined Valdes at the Landmark Theatres in Los Angeles Monday for a Q&A and screening of their film “Roxanne Roxanne.”

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Valdes had a reason to be scared at the time. This was Adams’ first role since graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 2016. The film’s casting director had seen her senior showcase and invited her to audition for the role.

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