“He said it would help people take me more seriously as a director if they know I was actively pursuing learning about it, outside of what I picked up being on set as an actor,” King says.
She chose ABC’s training program for one reason: Shonda Rhimes.
It’s the fourth episode of ABC’s new thriller “The Catch,” the latest entry from Shondaland’s camp, and the director is excitedly recounting the weekend’s (mis)adventures to the assembled crew, regaling them with woes of rain and other production complications. The talent that Regina King brings in front of the camera is just as abundant behind it, which is where she can be most often found of late.
The Emmy-winning actress — crowned last September for her work in ABC’s “American Crime” — has launched a parallel second career as a director.
In 2003, she joined the cast of the drama Third Watch, where she played NYPD Officer Sasha Monroe, continuing until the series finale in 2005.
“(Shonda is) just so exceptional at it.” Indeed, the program gave her the opportunity to shadow directors in Shondaland; she was on the set of “Private Practice” the day the show was canceled.Atlantic Records was thrilled with the final result for “Finding Your Way Back.” Now she’s firmly a part of the Shondaland family.Director Paris Barclay was impressed enough with King’s visual style to encourage her to enter a broadcast network directing program.Long also starred in Big Shots from 2007–2008 alongside Michael Vartan and Dylan Mc Dermott.In 2016, Long was cast in a recurring role for the TV series Empire.