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In Season 2 of the Starz series American Gods, the battle between the Old Gods, or the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world, and the New Gods, who reflect society’s modern devotions (i.e. money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs), is really heating up, and Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is on his own path to figuring out exactly what he believes. On that journey, he crosses paths with a two-spirited wanderer named Sam Black Crow (Devery Jacobs), an indigenous woman who lives her own life with confidence, openness and strength.
During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actress Devery Jacobs talked about when she first read the American Gods novel by Neil Gaiman, hounding her agent to get her an audition to play Sam Black Crow, how deeply she identified with the character, as a queer indigenous young woman in her 20s, her crazy roller coaster journey to finally getting the role, the importance of representing the queer Native American community in a truthful way, what she enjoys about the dynamic between Shadow and Sam Black Crow, and whether we’ll get to see her return for the recently picked up third season. She also talked about her desire to play her own mother and bring her mother’s experiences to life in a film in the future.
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Collider: When did you first pick up Neil Gaiman’s novel, and did you read it because you had been a fan of his work, or had someone brought it to your attention?
DEVERY JACOBS: When I first became aware of the book, I didn’t even realize that I had been a Neil Gaiman fan, but I had read Mirrormask and Coraline, and people had been telling me to read Sandman for years. And then, when somebody had recommended that I read American Gods, I was...
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