Ghanaian-British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey plays a leading role in ‘Seven Seconds,‘ a drama series by Streaming giant, Netflix.
It tells the story of tension running high between African American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City when a teenage African American boy is critically injured by a cop.
Ashitey plays the role of KJ Harper, the young assistant prosecutor assigned to the troubling case.
On her character
There were a lot of aspects of her character that were very alien to me. I’m lucky I’ve never had a substance abuse problem, so I watched a lot of films, talked to a lot of people. I went to some AA meetings, and tried to understand those particular demons that people struggle with.
Although, in terms of having something about yourself that you can’t control and that leads you to make poor decisions, I think on some level we can all recognize that,” she said. “Like we’ve all made really poor choices and in the moment have known that we’re making a poor choice and that it’s gonna have a negative effect and have done it anyway. I think sitting down and trying to remember times when I’ve done that was very helpful.
Her character being an alcoholic
Having a complex character is much more helpful to the conversation than having someone who is ‘squeaky clean’ because that doesn’t reflect reality. And I think when you have characters that don’t reflect reality, you lose audiences. We’re all somewhere in the middle. We all do good things and do bad things, and make poor choices and make good choices, and struggle with things. I think it humanizes her and grounds her in reality.
I spent a lot of time with Jersey City prosecutors and New York DAs, with the Jersey police, with the NYPD, and going to the courthouses and watching that process and just trying to take it all in.
‘Seven Seconds‘ premiered on Netflix on Friday, February 23, 2018.
Clare-Hope Naa K. Ashitey is an English actress.
She attended the Centre Stage School of Performing Arts, Southgate. while being educated at the Latymer School, which is located in the Edmonton area of London, for seven years.
She took a gap year between school and university to work on the film Children of Men.
Ashitey was born in Enfield to Tina, a medical secretary, and Paul, a dentist, who are both from Ghana, and has an older sister (Grace) who studied at the University of Warwickand an older brother.
She attended Brimsdown primary school in Brimsdown, Enfield before going to The Latymer school in Edmonton, North London Ashitey graduated in anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2009.