Dancer, Singer and Actor Kadianne Whyte talks about her role ‘Angel’ in STARZ original, Randy Huggins created and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) produced drama ‘BMF’ (Black Mafia Family)

Making its debut in 2021, crime-drama series BMF (Black Mafia Family) has proven its prowess with a steadily increasing loyal fanbase, its latest season, season 3 witnessing the highest multi-platform ratings thus far. The success of season 3, of course manifesting into a season 4, with the announcement of a renewal. The tale of two brothers – Demetrius Edward “Big Meech” Flenory (played by real-life son Demetrius Flenory Jr.) and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory (played by Da’Vinchi) amassing an elaborate drug empire in 80s America one that has witnessed the duo repetitively referenced musically as a marker of their scope globally, currently dramatised weekly on STARZ and various platforms. Starring as Big Meech’s love interest ‘Angel’, rising star Kadianne Whyte highlights the tale of a struggling dancer brought up in harrowing circumstances – having lost her family at a young age in a car crash, she’s had to fend for herself, brought up in foster care, she strives for a happier future – Big Meech someone who could give her a chance at that. Ahead of the season 3 finale on Friday 3rd May, Kadianne tells us more about approaching playing Angel, training to become a nurse before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming a performer and what she’s learned from working on the show.

Hi Kadianne, You currently star in season 3 of BMF which is available to stream on stars? What feedback responses have you received towards the show?

I’ve received a couple of you know, people giving me compliments about my character, my acting and everything really, mostly positive!

You star as Angel, a driven resilient dancer who forms a partnership with Big Meech, one of two brothers who go on to gain influence within the criminal world. A character who has endured hardship and currently seeks solace in Big Meech, how have you approached bringing her story to light?

Well, I approached it by trying to create a backstory for her and to understand behind the scenes what she may have been going through and why she ended up dancing at the club, and how he helps her go through that and how she connects with him throughout the show.

BMF is written, directed and produced by a broad creative team, including series creator Randy Huggins and Curtis Jackson (or 50 Cent as he’s most well known), and stars a host of familiar names including Snoop Dogg, Mo’Nique, Lala Anthony, and Leslie Jones amongst other stars, how have you all worked together to realise the season?

Everybody is really cool, I’ve worked with a few of them and you know, we’re all kind of like a family pretty much everybody had no issues with anybody, it was a really inspiring being able to work with everybody actually.

Prior to pursuing a career on screen you were training to become a nurse. But then you decided to follow your dream. What inspired you to do this?

I just had more of a passion towards acting and I didn’t want to regret it later down the road, I’m a big believer in following your dreams because you only have one life to live and I’d rather live with no regrets than just thinking okay… I know what I’m going to do, and just continue to follow what I already know, even though it’s not how it is.

You’re currently also working on an album that will incorporate your Jamaican heritage and incorporate Afrobeats and R&B, how is this going?

It’s amazing. I love it because it’s my first love, I’ve always sung, but I’m wanting to take it seriously by bringing in a flavour that’s going to be new and a style that’s different. It’s not necessarily fully Afrobeats, it’s more like a Caribbean style mix with more like Pop and R&B.

Do you know do you have any idea as to when it will be released?

I’m still working on it. I would say this summer…

Best of luck with that! What have you learned/ taken away from working on BMF?

I have learned my range because I feel like with this character, where all my other previous roles have been different, this brought some range because she actually starts off with no self esteem, and then she kind of goes through the motion of the season, figuring out herself and doing some self exploring.

What can viewers expect from the season?

Viewers can expect a lot of action and how their minds might change about Angel.

Interview by Lucy Basaba.

BMF is currently available to stream on STARZ, with new episodes released every Friday. The series finale will air on Friday 3rd May.

Written by Theatrefullstop