Frankie Faison Talks NBC’s The Village
NBC’s got a family friendly show airing with an incredibly familiar face.
Frankie Faison stars as Ron Davis, a big-hearted Super of a building who welcomes all to Brooklyn’s “The VILLAGE” apartments. He’s also got a loving wife named Patricia (Lorraine Toussaint) who’s his backbone that’s harboring an unfortunate secret.
BOSSIP noticed that the matriarch and patriarch of this show are a loving black couple and we asked Faison if that drew him to this role.
“Oh absolutely,” said Faison. “I’ve always tried to be a sincere role model, I like the broad stroke of diversity, the broad stroke of things being universal. It was really significant to have that be a part of the journey for me.”
He also reflected on the importance of a positive show celebrating Americans of various backgrounds not only coexisting but thriving in a cohesive environment.
“The last election really put a line between family and friends and communities and it’s not the kind of society that I embraced,” said Faison. “I think with The Village we’re trying to set a standard that it’s okay to embrace your neighbors, to know your neighbors, to ask them how they’re doing and really mean it. I grew up in Newport News, Virginia and those ideas were embedded as me as a youngster.”
BOSSIP also made sure to ask Faison about his work as Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell in the television classic The Wire. According to him, it’s an honor to have worked on a series that some consider one of “the greatest of all time” and reactions to its impact are why he continues to act.
“The Wire was amazing and it was amazingly important, I did it and loved doing it, and the benefits I’ve reaped just from people enjoying it—-that’s why I do the work,” said Faison.
“That’s the way I feel about it if anyone ever says that I’ve been involved in one of the greatest shows ever—THANK YOU. It was an honor and a privilege.”
Take a peek at Frankie Faison in The Village below. Will YOU be watching???
THE VILLAGE is a unique apartment building in Brooklyn and is home to residents who have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who just got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s just returned from war; and Ron and Patricia, who are the heart and soul of the building, have captivating tales all their own. Their hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life prove family is everything, even if it’s the family created with the people around them.
“THE VILLAGE” airs Tuesdays on NBC 10/9c