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‘Minority Report’ actress Meagan Good celebrates black women in lead roles: ‘It’s what we’ve all prayed for and it’s happening’

Meagan Good stars in Fox's "Minority Report"Article By Jenifer Williams // EEW Magazine Entertainment News

Hollywood has a long way to go when it comes to giving black actors as many opportunities as their white counterparts.

Yet, Christian and African-American actress Meagan Good chooses to focus on the positive advancements being made.

“I do see the climate changing and it’s been a long crawl for me, and I’ve always made it a point to never complain,” said the star of Fox’s sci-fi drama “Minority Report” in an interview with Shadow and Act.

“I’ve had moments in the past when I’ve been frustrated, but I just decided that you know what, I am a working actor by the grace of God,” said Good, whose previous show, NBC’s “Deception” was cancelled after its first season.

Even with highs and lows, the 34-year-old wife of preacher and movie executive DeVon Franklin, knows how blessed she is to have a career.

“I’ve been able to sustain and take care of myself and take care of my family since I was 13 or 14 years old,” shared Good.

Good plays the role of Detective Lara Vega (Credit: Fox)With the limited number of lead roles available to gifted black actors, it can be tough.

Still, Good said, “I just have always been about being positive, being on the front lines, and just waiting for that shift and knowing in my heart that it's coming regardless.”

Signs of the shift are apparent with women of color like Kerry Washington (Scandal), Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder) and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) being the face of successful TV shows.

“To see it really begin to manifest, and to see all of my sisters to the right and left of me getting opportunities at the same time, it’s just mind-blowing,” she said, adding, “It’s what we’ve all prayed for and it’s happening.”

Good, who said she “cried” when Viola Davis gave her a shout-out during her Emmy Award acceptance speech, admits her current job is the toughest she’s ever had.

“It requires a lot physically. The action obviously, but also the hours are really, really crazy. We work five, sometimes six days a week and then it’s a different country,” she explained.

Credit: FOX

She continued, “You’re away from your family and you work every single day for hours and hours, sometimes anywhere from 13 to 19 hours.”

Hectic and all, Good said, “I’m just like, wow, thank you Dad for letting me be a working actor at this time, and being a part of that and on the frontlines of that.”

“Minority Report” airs Mondays at 9/8c on Fox.

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