Lilan Bowden

Lilan Bowden stars as the free-spirited ‘Bex Mack’ in Disney’s award-winning, coming-of-age series “Andi Mack.” The show films in Utah (new episodes for Season 3 debuted in September). Bowden plays the mother of the title character played by Peyton Elizabeth Lee. We caught up with the actress who shared not only her love for television, but the comedy stage as well.

 

Describe your TV character Bex Mack? 

For people who have not seen the show, my character was introduced as 13 year-old Andi Mack’s older sister who ran away and comes back home to restart her life. In the pilot episode— it was revealed she is not the older sister, but the mom. Throughout the show, fans see Bex transitioning from not wanting to settle down to becoming a different person.

 

Andi Mack airs on Monday’s on the Disney Channel. Why should people tune in to watch?

I think Andi Mack is not only a good show for children and teenagers, but it’s really good for families. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from people my age, people who are parents, and those who don’t have kids who say they really like it. I think the reason why is because it’s so relatable. This show captures what it’s really like to grow up with the things that can be harsh for pre-teens and teens. Another great thing about the show— it’s so diverse. You have an Asian-American family and the first of it’s kind— a gay series regular, Cyrus Goodman who is played by actor Joshua Rush. We also deal with anxiety attacks and kids not fitting in, which I don’t think is always represented in children’s television.

 

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Photo: Andi Mack/Disney

 

 

How involved are the actors, with the writers to keep up the authenticity of the show?

We have a really skilled group of writers that actually watch us (the cast) and let us influence how the writing will go for the show. Though we don’t have a direct impact on what the content is—I can tell the scripts are influenced by us. For example:  There is one episode where Andi teaches Bex how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. That whole scene came from the head writer, Terri Minsky. She watched me onset trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube with a crew member. A couple of weeks later, I see the dialogue from that interaction in the script (laughter).

 

The mother and daughter chemistry between you and Peyton Elizabeth Lee is so believable. What is your favorite scene together so far?

I will say… when we have scenes together we always talk about how much we love it! We are really close which makes my job so much easier. A favorite scene we shot? There is the episode where me and Andi Mack are in a pillow fort taking quizzes in a magazine and we get into a fight. It was great because we actually got to spend days in a fort together, eating snacks leading up to us filming the fight scene. We both said how we were looking forward to it and then not because we really do hate it when we have to fight onscreen. We love each other that much (laughter).

 

 

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Photo credit: Eric Schwabel

 

 

Upcoming projects outside of Andi Mack?

I am currently in Utah where the show is filmed, but whenever I go back to L.A. I try to get a little bit done.  I’ll be in the next season of “Future Man” on Hulu. There is also a web series my friends created that I am a apart of called, “The Filth.” I saw the trailer and it’s really good! I got to film that during my hiatus.  I’m a big part of the L.A. comedy theater “Upright Citizens Brigade.” I always get in a couple of live shows when I’m there. So for people who really like live comedy and who live in Los Angeles, you can check my Instagram or Twitter and I can tell you when I’m performing.  You can also catch me on Lilan and Wilder where my friend and I shoot one-minute comedy sketches.

 

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New episodes of “Andi Mack” airs Monday nights at 8:00 PM on

Disney Channel

 

 

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Feature photo: Eric Schwabel | Inset: Joanna Degeneres

 

 

 

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Netflix’s Nappily Ever After debuted Friday, September 21. The film stars Love and Basketball actress Sanaa Lathan (Violet) a woman who is obsessed with having the perfect life right down to her long and straight hair. We see Violet celebrating a birthday with family and friends in the beginning of the film. She anticipates her boyfriend of two-years Clint (Ricky Whittle) will finally propose, but instead, he gives her a charm necklace from Tiffany & Co. for the puppy he also bought her.  Violet who has to come to terms with her not so perfect life, begins to question herself by making visible changes to her appearance with her hair. She goes from long and straight to wearing a weave (after a bad salon visit) to a chin length blonde bob. Eventually, she’s had enough and shaves it all off after a drunken night ends with a bad rebound date.  If you haven’t done so already, check out Nappily Ever After on Netflix. In the meantime, we’re giving you four things we learned watching the film.

 

 

I Am Not My Hair

The song ‘I Am Not My Hair‘ by India Arie should be every black woman’s beauty anthem. Whether you wear it natural, straight, weave, braids, dyed or bald your hair is an enhancement and not a determinant of what society considers to be true beauty. We hope films like Nappily Ever After and Something New— another film that starred Sanaa Lathan will begin to change the narrative on how important it is for women to feel confident in their own skin. So the next time you question whether your natural hair is acceptable, be reminded who you really are is more than what is connected to your scalp. Knowing it is what’s in your heart that matters most.

 

Strive For Humility Rather Than Perfection

No matter how much we strive to have the perfect life it’s just not possible! There is no such thing as the perfect spouse, kids, car, house, job or anything for that matter. Lathan’s character (Violet) was so far removed from her true self because she hid behind the need to always be perfect. The beauty about life and all it’s twist and turns is that the lessons we learn help us to live life humbly rather than working to live life perfectly.

 

Ladies The Right Man Will Love You For You

In the film, Violet feels the need to always be perfect for her boyfriend. A notable moment, in the movie, is when she sets her alarm to get up early enough to fix her hair and face so it appears she wakes up beautiful every morning. Come on! We all know that rarely happens in real life. Right? If a man is not able to accept you for you then it’s time to reevaluate your relationship. NO ONE should make you feel insecure about the skin you were born with and that person does not deserve your time or heart. Ladies, when the right man comes along it will not matter the texture of your hair or the size of your physique. All that will matter is the size of your heart.

 

Happiness is a choice

Choose to be happy by choosing YOU first and what makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. It’s that simple! From Nappily Ever After to Happily Ever After the choice is yours.

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Netflix

 

 

Nappily Ever After Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Ricky Whittle, Lyriq Bent, Lynn Whitfield, Ernie Hudson and Daria Johns.

 

By Beautifully Said Team

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