Now 60, actress Jasmine Man is shedding mild on her tenure on the ’90s traditional sitcom A Totally different World.
Man lately appeared on the Uncensored podcast with Ryan Cameron, the place she revealed that she nonetheless receives compensation for her beloved function as Whitley Gilbert, the sassy Southern belle of Gilbert Corridor at an Traditionally Black Faculty.
She instructed the host that she didn’t have any possession stake in The Cosby Present spinoff, so her present rank continues to have an effect on what she earns.
“We didn’t personal it, you recognize,” Man mentioned on the podcast.
“I didn’t have any place to ask for nothing. I used to be like, ‘I’m making $6,000. I’d by no means seen that.”
Man continued, “After I first obtained to A Totally different World, I had a contract, and I obtained $6,000 per week, and I had a restricted contract for seven episodes, me and Kadeem [Hardison]. So after we got here on to the present, by episode six, he was like, ‘What do you assume?’ I used to be like, ‘I don’t know. I didn’t quit my residence.”
From 1987 to 1993, Man was finest recognized for her on-and-off relationship with Dwayne Wayne who was portrayed by Hardison. Whitley and Dwayne’s relationship had its trials and tribulations, however their love lastly got here to a major check in season 5.
“While you go to LA, and you’ve got all white writers, they simply assume if ‘We write it and a Black particular person says it, it turns into Black,’” Man defined in the course of the interview. “What modified that collection is Debbie Allen, who went to Howard.”
When Allen was made producer-director of A Totally different World, she was accountable for taking the No. 2-rated present on tv and making it higher.
“What does that imply? If it’s No. 2, why does it have to be fastened? As a result of there have been numerous sad folks on this system,” Allen beforehand instructed The Washington Publish.
“And it didn’t simply want a facelift,” she added. “It wanted some actual inner restructuring.”