From Behind-the-Scenes to Leaning Into Leadership, with Actor/Producer Cress Williams
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META PERFORMANCE SHOW | Actor/Producer Cress Williams gives us a candid glimpse into life on set, playing the first African-American superhero on network TV and titular character in Black Lightning (The CW) and making his mark in numerous other hits: Friday Night Lights, ER, Veronica Mars, The West Wing, Hart of Dixie and Grey's Anatomy, among others. Cress tells Jason about the nuances of onscreen kissing etiquette--as learned from Queen Latifah on Living Single--and how he was impacted by Drew Barrymore's leadership style on set of '90s classic Never Been Kissed. A one time "reluctant leader," Cress reveals the experiences and desired outcomes that cataylzed his transition from backstage work to performing onscreen and, more recently, stepping into leadership as a producer. Cress shares personal perspectives on balancing a demanding job with being present with his family and repairing his fraught relationship with his father in the last year of his life. Cress leaves us with a sneak peek into some of his upcoming projects. 

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