Toronto Star Highlights Actor Daren A. Herbert

December 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Bermudian Daren A. Herbert will see the second season of his series ‘Pretty Hard Cases’ hit television screens next month, and the Toronto Star has highlighted the actor’s experience on set in the lead up to the release.

The story said, “One of the first things Daren A. Herbert did when he met Adrienne C. Moore, who’s one of the leads in CBC detective dramedy “Pretty Hard Cases,” was have a private conversation about the implications of being Black actors playing police officers.

“I went up and asked her immediately about how she felt about what was happening in the States and the fact that we’re making a cop show,” Herbert said over the phone.

“Obviously, they came to a resolution since Herbert and Moore completed filming of that first season and returned to make the second, which debuts Jan. 5.

“For Herbert, accepting the contradiction was in part about “what the show itself represents for me. I couldn’t for the life of me, I still can’t — maybe I’m leaving out some programs — but I can’t think of a female-led, buddy-cop show, so to speak, since ‘Cagney and Lacey’ and I was like, how is that possible?”

“Aside from the rarity of a program like “Pretty Hard Cases,” “the way that we’re doing it, to me, is so much fun and yet poignant,” Herbert said.

“Its female-centric focus extends to the writers’ room, the directing team and other behind-the-scenes jobs, and that sits well with Herbert.

“He notes that two of his most recent theatre performances — in “The Brothers Size” in 2019 and “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” in February 2020 — were directed by women: Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, artistic director of Obsidian Theatre Company, and Weyni Mengesha, artistic director of Soulpepper Theatre.

“I’m dealing with a lot of women in positions of power,” Herbert said. “And truthfully, that’s how I was raised in Bermuda. All of my primary schoolteachers were Black women.”

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