LOS ANGELES — How far would you go for your favorite artist? Would you kill for your favorite artist?
Set between 2016 to 2018, “Swarm” follows Dre – played by Dominique Fishback – an obsessed fan of the world’s biggest pop star who sets off on an unexpected cross-country journey.
“Each time we get to see a different energy that Dre posses. Throughout the series, you get to see her embody many energies. It is really shocking to watch. Sometimes it is exciting. I hope it is entertaining. We look at it as art and enjoy the fact that as people of color, we get to make a different type of genre show,” said Fishback.
“Swarm” also stars Chloe Bailey, who plays Marissa. Bailey’s character not only has a lasting impact on Dre, but the two have a beautiful sisterhood bond, even though the relationship isn’t always a healthy one.
“On the surface, it looks like Marissa is the one who has it together, but she’s dealing with her own demons,” said Bailey.
For Bailey, her character gives her an outlet to talk about mental health.
“It is important for none of us to shy from it or feel embarrassed. I am very open about it because all of us go through it. I saw a lot of myself within Marissa,” she said.
The Prime Video show has as its executive producers Donald Glover, Janine Nabers, Stephen Glover, Fam Udeorji, Steven Prinz and Michael Schaefer.
“This show feels like something you have not seen before on TV. The idea of putting a Black woman at the center of a story where the pilot is the origin story of a villain and seeing her beginning, middle and end journey to get to this woman she idolizes by any means necessary, and I think it’s just the idea of Black people being able to tell stories that are outside the box,” said Nabers.
It is in a particular pie scene at the end of the pilot episode that viewers will see the birth of Dre as a villain or, as Nabers described it, the birth of a new Dre.
“When we created this character, we knew that moment was going to be the thing at the end of the pilot that propelled us into the rest of the story,” said Nabers.
Fishback said the pie scene was one that Donald Glover wanted to capture in one take and in one camera angle.
Nabers said Dre will be challenged in ways that will surprise viewers and that will surprise her.
One of the eight staff writers on “Swarm” is Malia Obama.
“Malia is great. She’s a really great writer. She is very, very smart. I am just really proud of her and all of the writers,” said Nabers.
While Fishback’s character in “Swarm” may be obsessed with a pop star that resembles Beyoncé, in real life, she says there is no artist that would take her to the dark side.
“There is no artist that can take me to the dark side. I am all light, baby. It is ironic that I would play a character like Dre because I don’t have stan energy, but I can’t wait to meet Jay Cole,” she said.
Click the arrow above for the full Spectrum News interview with Janine Nabers, Chloe Bailey and Dominique Fishback.
“Swarm” is streaming now on Prime Video.
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