Underappreciated Actress of Color #28: Bianca Lawson

Bianca's got family in the industry, and yet she's not famous famous, if you catch my drift.  And when having folks in the industry doesn't help you kick ass in said industry...yeah, you've got a bit of a problem.

Born in 1979, Miss Thang here has "appeared" in a lot of stuff, and therein lies the damn problem.  Guest spot here, commercial there...oh yeah, this fine-ass, gifted-ass, ass-whoopin' woman has done more than her sharing of "appearing" in stuff.  Keep in mind she's been acting since the age of nine, hear?

And now she's going to be on a 1-hour drama this summer for ABC-friggin' Family.

*cue fountain of vomit*

I first fell in love with her on Buffy.  Trivia: the character of Cordelia Chase (who had 3 yrs on Buffy and 4 yrs on Angel) originally belonged to Bianca Lawson. But - 'cause there's always a "but" - Lawson was stuck in some bullshit contract with some bullshit show which didn't last past the first fucking season.  So, yes, yes, yes...her Buffy role as Kendra the Vampire Slayer was awesome, but we got, what...only 3 eps out of her?  You know...before she fucking died? (And normally, I loathe fan vids, but this one nailed it with music and scenes.  And it's good to see fans never forgave another disappointing - though thankfully rare - Whedon fail.)

And I just want to end on this: Kendra was the better slayer.  I could've watched a gazillion seasons of her.  I don't think I'm alone in saying that the Cry-Buffy was a bit difficult to watch season after season after season....

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  1. I like Bianca Lawson, what an underrated actress. I thought she gave Kerry Washington a run for her money in Save The Last Dance. I can't for the life of me fathom why her career didn't take off as much as Kerry's did.
    I haven't seen her in Buffy, but she gave quite a performance in Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints. Check it out Ankhesen :)
    She's such a beauty.

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  2. Anne Rice? *twitch* Um...okay...if you say so....

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  3. Anything to see Bianca, I guess....

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  4. Lol, I take it you're not an Anne Rice, neither am I, but yes I saw it when I saw the all star black cast, especially Bianca. Great blog!

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  5. Corection- 'Anne Rice fan' I meant to say, forgot to preview, sorry.

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  6. the all star black cast, especially Bianca

    Damn, girl - that's all you had to say!!!

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  7. I still remember watching Bianca on Saved By The Bell: The New Class in the early-to-mid 90's. Ver pretty. Wow, I can't believe it has been that long...and, yes, I admit I watched SBTB. *blushes*

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  8. @ leigh204 - OMG...you sure are brave confessin' to that!!!

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  9. It's a way of cleansing my soul. lol! :p

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  10. *nods* You are now absolved. Let's go watch FlashForward instead.

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  11. I loved her in "Feast of All Saints".

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  12. It's now in my Netflix queue.

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  13. **Update** Watched it. The sight of her pinned beneath that bland, creepy dude made my stomach flip.

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