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Meet the Browns (TV Series –) cast and crew credits, including actors, Will / 78 episodes, Logan Browning Brianna Ortiz /. Story Highlights; David Mann plays Mr. Brown in "Meet the Browns" In real life, Mann is married to actress who plays his daughter on show. Denise Boutte Interview: 'Meet the Browns' Star Is on the Rise The Louisiana native starred in the hit film Why Did I Get Married? alongside Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, and Richard T. I know my accent will come out now.
He and Brianna have their moments of discord, but mainly they look after each other. Overall, he just wants to be loved. Vaughn as Renee LaToya Smith: A nurse at the hospital where Will, Sasha, Brown, and Derek work. She also appears as a close best friend and confidentae to Sasha, despite the two constantly butting heads at work. She considers herself as part ghetto. Renee was a recurring character in Season 3 who became a regular in Season 4.
She claims to have four kids. Recurring characters[ edit ] Robert Ri'chard as Derek Porter: A Dominican frat student who lives next door to Brown Meadows and often helps out there, in between masterminding or participating in Brown's antics. He made his debut in Season 3 and has been a recurring character throughout the series' run.
Jenifer Lewis as Vera Brown: Brown's younger sister and Will's mother. Vera means well but she is a loud, controlling alcoholic who spoils Will and subtly despises Sasha.
She appeared with Mr.
Brown, Cora, and Will in the Meet the Browns feature film. In one episode, Vera and Brown have an argument and Vera says, "I'm about to be an only child," which indicates that their brother LB does not exist in the television universe or may be a non-canonical reference, to the fact that Mr.
Brown has mentioned LB in the series. Tasha Smith as Tanya Ortiz: Joaquin and Brianna's biological mother, who only wants them back for money. She is either in denial or simply ignoring the fact that one of her former boyfriends molested Brianna.
She serves as a major antagonist to the series during her first few appearances, but during her later appearances, she becomes less of an antagonist when she improves on being a better mother to Joaquin and Brianna and helps Cora with some of the household chores when she spends a couple of nights there. She also tries hitting on Will, while he and Sasha go through some marriage issues.
After Brianna gave her a makeover for her date, she has not been seen or mentioned since. Lisa Arrindell Anderson as Karen: The Colonel's pushy daughter. She was estranged from her father when she put him in a nursing home after the death of her mother.
The two eventually reconciled. Ciara Wilson as Simone Taylor: Brianna's dimwitted, somewhat childish best friend who became pregnant. She is similar to Mr. Courtney Gray as Jamal: Brianna's male best friend.
In one episode, Brianna noticed that he'd been eating very frequently. Later, the Browns caught him stealing food from them.
He is confronted by Brianna at school and he reveals that his parents recently split up, he stayed with his mother, who lost their house, and they'd been living in their van without food, so he began stealing food. Bernard Jones as Milo: A detention-prone student at Cora's school. Jones as Gordon Bob: Cora's ex-love interest from college and the principal at her school.
He still has feelings for her but can't get her to leave Reggie for him. Smith as Reggie Brooks: Cora's off-and-on boyfriend, the school's football coach.'Meet the Browns' stars Tamela and David Mann know why they got married
He lives with his mother, Thelma. Laura Hayes as Mrs. Reggie's sometimes overbearing, sometimes caring, mother. In "The Cheating Liver", it is revealed that she has a crush on Mr. Brown and so on. Njema Williams as "Benny": A local bum who is usually hustling with or against Brown. Daisy is a former B-movie actress and "legend in her own mind"; she really misses her career. She has made a lot of money but she's frugal. Whenever someone tries to talk to her about money or anything else she doesn't want to discuss, she "goes into character" to avoid the conversation.
She will often act like she believes she is in Manhattan or Los Angeles, etc. She never married due to never finding anyone like her high school crush, but she has dated the best of them. In season 3, she moved to Palm Beach, Florida with her cousin Lorraine the late Rue McClanahan after she realized that she had Alzheimer's diseasebut she made a trip back to attend Edna and Colonel's Season 4 wedding. Antonio Jaramillo as Jesus Hernandez: Jesus is a handyman who worked at Brown Meadows to save up for law school; in Season 3, Brown fired him to save money.
When he comes back in Season 4 for Edna and Colonel's wedding, he claims that he has become a lawyer and is doing well. Arielle Vandenberg as London Sheraton: London is a very privileged celebrity who is famous for absolutely no reason.
Although she has no clue about hard work, she has to do community service at Brown Meadows, due to having several DUIs. She may appear dim, but at times she shows almost startling intelligence.
In Season 2, her family forces her to move after her probation, but she occasionally visits Brown Meadows, like for Edna and Colonel's Season 4 wedding. Jeannette Sousa as Carmen Martinez: Carmen only appears in early Season 1 episodes; she is Brianna and Joaquin's social worker, and Sasha's good friend. It was just a simple life. Small town living is so different, but it was just a way of life.
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My grandparents lived about a quarter of a mile up a little dirt road in back of our house. They were the ones that had the farm so everyday I had chores. I would gather the eggs and feed the animals. What I knew, though, was that in order for me to afford to go to college and get an education, I had to have the grades and get a scholarship. You made good grades? Oh yeah, I graduated top of the class.
You wanted to be a doctor? I just wanted to get off the farm.
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My brother, my first cousin, and I were the first generation of my family to go to college. Our parents, like every parent, wanted something better for us than they had growing up. The doctor thing came out of practicality because that was my thinking as a teenager.
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When parents considered their kids successful, they were doctors or lawyers. So when did the acting bug bite? That sort of came out of nowhere!
I switched my major to Mass Communications and got a job in advertising after college. I got an offer to go to Dallas. You could work in advertising there without heading for the west coast.
I was on the print side of advertising. When I was working on a clothing line, a local Texas agency reached out to three of us for modeling work. I was at Fossil in Richardson, Texas when they called me. A month went by and they called again. I finally took the meeting to see what would happen and lo and behold, I began work immediately. I landed a beauty campaign, a hair campaign, did some stuff for Mary Kay … and became the poster child for the Texas lottery.
I was the Vanna White for the TV lottery. When the numbers rolled out I had to put on a big smile and show excitement.
Then a manager from LA came to shoot photos and she told me that I could stay with her out there in California. She wanted to introduce me to everyone she knew in show business. I worried about quitting my job, wondering how I would survive out there, so I had a choice to make.
My life past Dallas makes no sense whatsoever! I believe it was just God because I personally would never have made those choices and would never have planned it out for myself that way. Every single job I have landed since then has been a total game of chance. Yes, well in a way.
You were actually auditioning the whole time for Meet the Browns. Yes and I guess after he saw my audition, he decided I was also right for Trina. So I never did audition for Trina. It was kind of a by-product from Sasha. But, those are not the ones that aired because we totally changed the dynamics of the characters, relationships, and storylines.
The show is filmed in Atlanta? Yes, in a beautiful studio in Atlanta.
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I think people still wonder about a television studio in Atlanta. You can see a little piece of the back lot from the street. Parts of it look like New York City, so it looks like a whole other world. Our writing staff is so awesome.
They know what our strengths are and who our characters are now. Your character is pregnant. That was part of the cliffhanger from last season. When we left two weeks ago we finished episodes. So, depending on how the audience responds, we might come back for more after that.
Do you commute between Atlanta and LA? You were on Days of Our Lives a few years ago. Would you like to return to daytime drama?
But, what is so sad is that it appears daytime is a dying breed.