December 7, 2023

‘Snowfall’ Actress Angela Lewis Talks Trap Queen Role


Tonight is THE night!

FX's "Snowfall" Season 5 Premiere - Arrivals

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Snowfall’ is set to air their Season 5 finale episode and we spoke with none other than trap queen ‘Aunt Louie’ herself, actress Angela Lewis. If you’re a fan of the show — no spoilers ahead but we definitely can’t tell you not to fret. Lewis warned us, that some people are going to be “upset,” by the episode, but that it will prepare us perfectly for what’s ahead in the sixth and final season.

As fans who have followed the show since its inception, we’ve gotten super attached to the characters John Singleton introduced to us back in 2017, although to be fair, the show’s central character Franklin Saint, has changed A LOT over the series’ five seasons. These days though, Franklin isn’t the only one switching up. If you’ve been watching Season 5, you know that Aunt Louie has fully recovered from being shot and truly risen like a phoenix who is ready to call all the shots for her and hubby Jerome (played by Amin Joseph) whether Franklin likes it or not.

“It’s been super fun,” Angela Lewis told BOSSIP’s Sr. Content Director Janeé Bolden, about Louie’s bold boss moves. “I feel like Louie has been moving in that direction since the beginning. Louie has always strategized and made excellent decisions and brought big plays to the table. Even when Franklin has an idea, Louie knows how to implement that idea. So it’s been subtle and that’s part of what Louie is fighting for. It’s like, ‘I’ve had some amazing ideas, most of the profit you have is through me, it’s time for me to be recognized for the boss that I am, for the power player that I am and if you don’t recognize me for that, if you don’t want to recognize me as a partner ,then I’m going to go off and I’m going to do my own thing.’”

“I’m really excited for Louie to go off and step into the spotlight and not limit herself. It takes a lot of courage to step out from the background and to really allow yourself to be the shining light that you are. That’s not something to sneeze at. I’m proud of Louie.”

FX's "Snowfall" Season 5 Premiere - Arrivals

Source: Momodu Mansaray / Getty

Beyond her character, Angela also says she recognizes how being part of the F/X show has personally transformed her as well.

“‘Snowfall’ has allowed me to have a platform that can help amplify voices and causes that are dear to me,” Angela Lewis told BOSSIP. “Being in this show and playing Louie has allowed me to understand what it feels like to, not just step into my power, but to really live there.”

“I can be a person who is a little more laid back, a little more timid, a little more insecure, and in both onscreen and offscreen in my life, and as I build my own team to shepherd my career forward, I’ve had to most certainly take control of the reins. I’ve had to visualize, in a deeper, more colorful way, what it is that I want, and I have to be able to articulate those things. I have to be able to say, ‘Oh I’m not sure about the final vision or the big vision, but here is this piece that I see very clearly, so how can I get there?’ And then allow that to inspire the next right move. I’ve not always been able to do that. So I’m indebted to Louie for giving me permission and forcing me to step into what that feels like and take that into my life and be the boss of my own life. This show has changed me in huge ways.”

One of the biggest curveballs for ‘Snowfall’fans this season definitely had to be the wedding episode, where we had the chance to see Jerome and Louie tie the knot with a big party that included most of the show’s recurring characters. Thanks to Skully, who decided to ‘gift’ the lovebirds and their guests with a special treat (LSD in the chocolate fountain) things got more than a little bit creative. It turns out that the episode was one that Lewis especially loved.

“That episode was written by the legendary Walter Mosley,” Angela Lewis told BOSSIP. “It happens to be my favorite episode. And I mean, it was so fun but also really, we have to be super focused in that episode to make it as trippy and out of body as it was. We had to do it full out. If we didn’t bring our A-game, it would have been wimpy and limp, so it was a nice balance between trying new things in a way that’s unexpected and also there was so much truth telling in that episode that we had to really find the super honest places of each of our characters and the thing we were trying to get or receive from our counterparts, so it was a lot of fun to play.”

For people who watched the episode, did they knock it out of the park or what?

While we’re sad to see the show go on hiatus while we await Season 6, Angela said she’ll be staying busy with her production company and her non-profit Moonchild Collective, which offers resources for Black expectant mothers.

“I really want to see Black women not just surviving pregnancy and childbirth, but thriving,” Lewis, who has a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, told us about her inspiration her to to make Black maternal health a priority.

We love it that this is a role she’s equally passionate about!

Tune in to F/X at 10PM EST/PST to watch Angela Lewis and the cast of “Snowfall” in their Season 5 finale.

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