According to Lisa Ann Walter, the biggest similarity between her and her Abbott Elementary character Melissa Shementi lies in their shared independent spirit. Melissa is definitely not afraid to speak her mind about Abbott Elementary and she rarely backs down, which can certainly be traced back to her Brooklyn upbringing.
“Both Melissa and I are brave, assertive, fearless women – and strong,” the actor said. Warner Bros. TV in a backstage promo for Abbott Elementary. While Melissa and Walter share a strong bond, Walter has identified one significant difference between them. The outward contrast between actor and character actually influenced Walter and helped her overcome her body issues, according to the same Warner Bros. interview Walter gave about portraying her squib character.
“Melissa could wear tight clothes – not something Lisa would have done before I got this part. My generation grew up with a lot of body problems and self-hatred. Melissa didn’t have time for that. not who she is. And I’m also surrounded by some really powerful black women on this show who are like, “No girl, you look great.” All this together has made me much more confident in myself,” said Walter.
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