Anna Deavere Smith is a woman of many talents. She is a playwright, an actress, and, ultimately, a storyteller. In her latest role, Smith plays the clerk of court Tina Krissman on For The People, which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

Smith shares her thoughts on the importance of standing up for what matters, the impact of Shondaland on television, and offers a word of advice to those interested in the arts.


Check out the rest of our conversation in the video above.

Jessica Moulite is a Video Producer for The Root. She loves telling stories people often times can't tell themselves—and Oprah. She's probably watching Black 90s reruns.

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