Guest: Brian Tyree Henry
Race, sexual politics, masculinity, friendship and parenthood – the new FX TV show "Atlanta" tackles all of these subjects with uncompromising honesty and humour. This week host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined by one of the shows stars - Brian Tyree Henry who gives a powerful performance on the show as Paper Boi, a rising-star of the Atlanta rap scene.
The show was created by Donald Glover who is know for his work on the TV show "Community", as well as his successful music career under the name Childish Gambino. His goal was to capture the vibe of the pure Atlanta hip-hop scene that has been home to Outkast, T.I., Usher and Kris Kross.
The show tells the story of Earn, played by Donald Glover (who is also the show’s creator), a Princeton dropout who comes back to Atlanta and tries to manage the budding rap career of his weed-dealing cousin Alfred, AKA Paper Boi played by our guest. From navigating his newfound fame to the expectations on black rappers, Paper Boi is a warm, complex and true character.
Our guest Brian Tyree Henry went to college in Atlanta at Morehouse, so he knows the city well, and later went on to complete his MFA at the Yale School of Drama. Since then he has performed Shakespeare in the park and played The General in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, as well as parts on "The Good Wife", "The Knick", and "Boardwalk Empire".
Henry shares with us what it has been like portraying Paper Boi, the rich hip-hop history of Atlanta, and why he auditioned at Yale with a song from Grease – and much more!
Atlanta can be viewed on FX in the US and is now running on FOX in Sweden.
Brian Tyree Henry is a versatile actor whose career spans film, television and theater. Henry is most recognizable for originating the role of “The General” in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” and other theater credits include The Fortress of Solitude and The Brother/Sister Plays/The Brothers Size (Helen Hayes Best Actor Nomination) at The Public Theatre. Henry appears on HBO’s “Vice Principals” this season and was recently seen in Focus Features’ “Puerto Ricans in Paris”. Henry currently stars alongside Donald Glover in the critically acclaimed FX series “Atlanta.”