I recently had the opportunity to interview Sharar-Ali-Speakes to learn five random facts about herself and what inspired her to be a part of the drama film Missing. Check out my interview with Sharar below:
Loryn: What inspired you to take part in the movie Missing?
Sharar: Truthfully, it was who was casting the film. Lindsey Weissmueller (Casting Director for Missing) was one of the first acting teachers. I do not know this 100%, but when the character Tia came up, she either remembered me from her class or I was pitched by my agent and or manager. Anyway, once I received the sides, I knew it was a Searching sequel, which I was a fan and seeing where it would go next and falling in love with the story and character Tia (who is literally me), I did my job. So, my interest in the story and character inspired me to audition for Missing.
Loryn: What message do you hope people received from watching Missing?
Sharar: To cherish all relationships. I know what it's like being a teen and thinking your parents don't get you, that they are from another planet, and you are good all by yourself. But the truth is that when the rubber hits the road, a parent and child's love is deep and will hold up during any test. It's a strong bond, and guess what? They are people, too, with fears, feelings, and emotions. Love your family as much as possible because these are the times you can't take back, and tomorrow is never promised.
Loryn: What was your experience like being featured on Truth Be Told?
Sharar: My experience on the Truth Be Told set was amazing and a big deal for me. I had a goal to book my first television Guest Star role last year. I had already done several tv co-star appearances, so the next goal, and to eventually reach my ultimate goal, was secure a guest star spot, and I did it! Once I stepped into wardrobe, I saw my headshot on the wall amongst the other cast, and I thought to myself, wow, I'm working with some heavy hitters; I'm really doing this. However, reality hit once I was on set and working alongside Octavia Spencer and Gabrielle Union. Ultimately what added to my first experience as a Guest Star, everyone, and I mean everyone on set, from the Showrunner Nichelle Tramble to the Director Mikkel Norgaard to the cast and crew, made me feel welcomed at ease. It was an excellent experience for my first Guest Star role, and I am ready to do it again.
Loryn: Who is an actor or actress you'd love to work with?
Sharar: Right now, I love to work with Lashana Lynch or Letitia Wright. Those two are killing the game, and I love their work. Also, I would love to work with Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph on Abbott Elementary; that show is phenomenal, and I love watching it.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Sharar: People would be surprised to know that I never thought I would be in the entertainment industry. I truly believed my life would always be surrounded by sports. Basketball was my entire life to the point I got my B.A. in Sports Administration at Pepperdine University. So I am constantly amazed at myself and the successes I have had so far. You can say you might have one plan, but your deepest desire always wins in the end.
Be sure to check out the movie Missing in theaters now. Also, be sure to follow Sharar-Ali-Speakes on Instagram @prophet_speakes