New Hollywood Podcast: Naomi Ackie Talks New Season Of ‘Master Of None’ And Preparing To Portray Whitney Houston

By Dino-Ray Ramos, Amanda N'Duka


The new season of Master of None drops on Netflix on May 23 and it may not be the comedy that you are used to seeing — and that’s a good thing.

Ccreated by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, the season goes beyond expectations with five episodes titled “Moments in Love” directed by Ansari, who co-wrote it with Lena Waithe. It follows Denise (Waithe), who is living a quiet life in the country as a successful writer. We are also introduced to a new character, her wife Alicia, played by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker actress and The End of the F***ing World BAFTA winner Naomi Ackie. Ackie stopped by Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast to talk about her role on the show.

Throughout the new season, we see a fully fleshed-out story of an LGBTQ couple — and a queer couple of color at that — and the ups and downs of their marriage. Denise and Alicia also struggle with fertility, and while a common story on TV, Master of None‘s hits differently, shown via the lens of a female queer couple of color.

We talked about the new season with Ackie and also spent a good amount of time talking about Whitney Houston because the actress will be playing the legend in the forthcoming biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody, which will be directed by Stella Meghie.

Listen to the episode below.

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