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Interview: Taylor Mosby of “The Last OG” and “Breakthrough”

2019 has been quite a year for Taylor Mosby. She stars as Tiffany Haddish’s daughter, ’Amira’ on TBS’s “The Last OG,” which is currently in its second season. Taylor is also seen singing and starring in 20th Century Fox’s Breakthrough, which was released last month. She even sang the song that was featured in the movie trailer! Taylor can also be seen as ‘Abby’ in Brat Productions TV show “A Girl Named Jo”. YEM spoke with Taylor Mosby about her growing career.

Young Entertainment Mag: How did you first get involved in acting?

Taylor Mosby: When I was about seven years old I knew I wanted to be an actress. I participated in as much dancing, acting, and singing as I could in my community. I was a part of different local theater productions and I would audition for all of the school plays. One spring break my mom took me out to LA to “try” acting and one audition led to another, and here we are today!

YEM: You’re also a singer! Do you prefer one over the other?

Taylor: Music has been in my blood since I was little. As a matter of fact, I knew I wanted to sing before I knew I wanted to act. I’ve always seen myself as 51% music and 49% acting. Singing has always been second nature to me just like acting has and I’m so glad I get to mix the two in Breakthrough.

YEM: You’ll be starring and singing in the upcoming movie, The Breakthrough. What was it like being a part of the film? What drew you to the project?

Taylor: When I found out they were bringing the story of John Smith to the big screen, I knew I wanted to be a part of the project. I knew this was going to be a beautiful and powerful movie. The amazing story of John and Joyce Smith shows how faith, community, family, and love can come together no matter the situation or circumstances. The set of Breakthrough was full of love and by the end of the movie, we were all like a family. I was so honored to be chosen to play Chayla in this movie, and it was a very different experience for me than any other role I’ve played because I was playing a real person, and I was acting out their real experiences.

YEM: Can you tell us about your character?

Taylor: Chayla is a smart and funny girl who loves being with her friends. When she finds out about John and his chances of survival, she does not give up there. Chayla prayed and did everything she could for John because she knew the capabilities of God and knew He could do what man could not.

YEM: What song do you sing in the movie? Did you have to sing in your audition?

Taylor: I sing the song “Oceans” in the movie. When I auditioned for Chayla, they actually asked me to sing Oceans. I was never aware that I would be singing in the movie or on the soundtrack. When I was singing this song, my goal was to make people feel what Chayla was feeling through her music. For them to feel her emotions through her notes. Making people feel something is always my goal when it comes to music.

YEM: You also play Tiffany Haddish’s daughter on the show The Last OG. What is it like to work with Tiffany? Were you familiar with her work?
Taylor: Ms. Tiffany is like a second mom to me. We always have fun working together and we’re always making jokes on and off set. I knew she was a comedian and used to watch the Carmichael Show with my family. I had no idea I would get to work with her! Whether she’s teaching dances from “back in the day” or I’m teaching her a newest dance move that’s gone viral, we have a great time. Occasionally, when we have down time she will tell me about some of her own personal experiences in the industry and how I can learn from them. She is truly amazing overall.

YEM: The Breakthrough is a dramatic movie and The Last OG is a comedy. How is acting in a drama different from acting in a comedy? Do you prefer comedy or drama?

Taylor: It’s hard to have a preference because I feel like both genres represent different sides of me. Drama is a little harder because it takes more focus and skill. Comedy comes natural to me and it is easier because all I have to do is act like myself!

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