this world of wannabes, copycats and biters, few originals remain. Felicia Snoop
Pearson is an ambitious young woman with a style and presence that is incomparable
to anyone. Not only is The Wire going
down in the books as one of the greatest shows on Television, Felicias
character Snoop (which is also her nickname in real life) is going to be remembered
as one of the scariest female gangsters in Hollywood.
we first spoke to the actress last year about her troubled past and how she
came about landing a role on The Wire,
she told us about a book she was working on. She did release the novel Grace After Midnight in 2007, which is
based on her own life. She has since found a great comfort in her new role as a
role model, and Snoops excitement about life is evident as we catch up on her
got a little insight from Snoop about her characters mindset, her work with
young people and troubled women, and her goals for life after The Wire.
Snoop has always had an “I don’t care” type of swagger since she was
introduced on The Wire, but that
seems to have progressed into an even scarier cold-hearted apathy about her
work. What is going through Snoop’s mind as she sees Marlo taking hold of the
Snoop Pearson: The character Snoop is a soldier and Marlo is the General.
Its not for her to question Marlo or his orders, he says to do it she do it.
Its work, it aint personal, so nah, Snoop dont care about who she got to do,
cause she just following orders. If a soldier starts caring about the people he
got to go kill in a war, then he aint gonna want to be a soldier no more. How does
she feel about Marlo taking over the city?
Thats what we came there to do. [laughs]
came on in Season Three – Snoop, Marlo and Chris, planning to take over the
corners, so now that we got them Snoop feels like Well, on one hand she feels like they on top, cause
she is right up there Marlos left hand, but on the other hand she knows she
got a lot more to worry about. Cops are still thinking about all those bodies
in the vacants and crazy ass Omar gonna be trying to get at all of us, so I
guess you can say shes a little nervous about that. But not much, cause she
knows that it can happen any time, any where.
So are you trying to tell us something?
Nah, nah [laughs] Im just saying, thats whats on Snoops mind.
Chris seems to be Snoop’s only friend.
Does she care about anything in life outside of her job, and does she even see
a future for herself in the world?
Snoop dont believe in friends, cause Snoop dont trust nobody but Marlo and
Chris. So Marlo and Chris are her only friends. Shes cool with some of the
rest of the team, but if you dont trust people you cant consider them your
friends and they damn sure cant be considered family. Does she see a future for herself I dont
know. Snoop lives everyday as it comes
and doesnt really think about her future the way other people think about
Does Snoop find any pleasure in “mentoring” the younger hitmen like
Michael, or pleasure in anything outside of killing for that matter?
She enjoys being good at what she does, and likes the fact that everybody
respects and fears her. The younger soldiers look up to her and have respect
for her. Yeah, Snoop does find pleasure in that. See, Snoop gets to teach them
what she knows and she makes it kind of fun for them, like war games. Thats
when you can actually see that Snoop is smart too.
fact the whole Stanfield organization is smart, were all good at what we do,
we think first. The Snoop character is the perfect match for Marlo and Chris cause
while they go around building the business, Snoop keeps training and building
the army and teaches them to be thinkers too. Thats why we wanted Michael to
join up with us, cause hes smart too.
So Snoop mentors killers, but killers who think – and yeah, Snoop enjoys
Everyone in the streets always had a healthy fear of Omar. Now that the war
with Omar is in full swing, and Snoop is on the frontlines, is she
still fearful of him?
Snoop respects Omar. Its not about fear, but she plans to get him before he
can get them. But that Spiderman sh*t.. [laughs] I dunno. Yeah, Snoop is
definitely very respectful right now [laughs].
You released your first book last year. How has the experience of openly
sharing your life like that been?
Oh man, its been wild! I wanted to tell
my story, because I want people to understand who Felicia Pearson is. I mean
people is always asking me, is you a boy or a girl or did you really kill
somebody? If Im gay, like Im supposed
to say, No, I aint gay – man get out of here. I am a female, I am gay and Im not proud
about the fact that I killed somebody. It was in self defense. I was a kid and
I handled it like the hard-head kid that I was back then – all wrong. Im not trying to say that its all over with,
cause trust me, not a day goes by where I dont wish I can change what
happened. But, I cant.
Do you have plans for more books or even a movie on your life?
Snoop: Yeah, I plan to make a movie from the book Grace After Midnight, and write other
stories about people who maybe nobody knows who they are, but they have a story
to tell like mine.
You’ve done quite a bit of work speaking to young people about staying in
school, staying out of trouble, etc. What are you doing these days to mentor
kids and young adults? Do you work specifically with troubled women?
Well that was one of the reasons I wanted to write my book, because I think
that maybe some kids coming up now will read it and I hope it will stop them
from making some of the mistakes I made.
Right now me and Jamie Hector have an youth group called Moving
Mountains Inc. Jamie started it in NY, and so I started the sister group in Baltimore,
watch its an East Coast movement to stop youth violence, teach performing arts
and help kids who really want to get off the streets and stay out of
also check for the women in prisons. I go do visits and let them know that they
are not forgot about and that they are gonna be all right. See right now
theyre in Midnight, thats the time in my life that I call Midnight in my
book, I was going through it. But see God showed me Grace, thats where I am
now. Im living in Grace After Midnight [laughs]. Youre gonna have to get the
book to understand.
Although there aren’t many characters like Snoop, do you have
any favorite female Hollywood gangsters?
Who do I like? Oh, female, Hollywood gangsters?
What are you working on as far as film and TV now that The Wire is done?
Well I just hosted a week of Rap City
for BET. That was fun; shout out to Q45, he was cool joking around with us and
all. Said he needed a break for a minute. [laughs] Besides that, Ive been
reading some scripts and going on some auditions, but you know with this strike
going on, there hasnt been a whole lot to go for. Man, Ill be glad, everybody will be glad when the strike
is done. I really want to get on The L
Word; they need to write a role for me on there. Let me take all of Shanes girls [laughs].
been in the studio too, so I hope to have a hit out soon. If you would have
told me a few years ago that I would be on one of the best shows on TV and have
a serious book deal, I would have said you was buggin! Now I know all things are possible, so Im
gonna do it all – and I advise all of you readers to do the same.