“I called D.L. and sent him a teaser, and he said he was all in,” Rhone says. “He plays the uncle of Thomas Jones, and he’s that senior voice in your head giving guidance.”
Archibald says Jones brought the idea for “Johnson” to her in late 2019. Over loud music at a Los Angeles lounge, she says, “he was showing me this on my phone, telling me what was happening. I said, ‘OMG, please send this to me. This reminds me of people in my family, my brother, my father, cousins, play cousins, situationships.’”
Production started October and wrapped in February.
Rhone figures Hollywood is such a copycat town that “Johnson” could pave the way for other productions “by us, for us.”
Archibald has known Rhone and his wife for about 15 years. Before she left St. Louis to act and sing in Los Angeles, Archibald decided one day she would work with Rhone.
“I didn’t know what that meant, but I knew he was in entertainment, and I was about to embark on LA,” says Archibald, who was part of the choir for Kanye West’s Grammy-winning album “Jesus Is King.” “I never thought about producing.”
She joined A Bird & A Bear Entertainment in 2018 and also works with producer-writer Cheo Hodari Coker.
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