Aisha Dee has quietly become one of the boldest, talented, and most buzzed about actors working in television today. Though, has her journey always been that quiet? Dee has displayed her skills on a number of series, most notably Chasing Life and Sweet/ Vicious, and now she’ll be starring in the new Freeform/ABC Spark drama The Bold Type, premiering July 11. One common thread through almost all of her characters is how she manages to always come off as the most relatable character on any show she is on, while also being the coolest and most down to earth. She’s the type of actor that you’d want to be friends with and the type of person that you’d want in your corner. She’s one of the good ones and we here at The TV Junkies are so excited that people are FINALLY starting to take notice of how INSANELY talented she is!
On Chasing Life, we saw her comfort her best friend April as she tackled the role of Beth Kingston. The show focused on April’s diagnosis with leukemia and her fight to overcome it with the help of her loved ones. Though the series ended after only two seasons, it left a lasting impact. Its heartfelt storylines and memorable characters have kept it alive. Dee contributed largely to that and her character played an enormous role throughout April’s journey.
The painfully brilliant brainchild of Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Sweet/ Vicious, centered on campus sexual assault and students Jules and Ophelia, who took it upon themselves to seek justice. This was Dee’s next project and she played Kennedy, the most important person in Jules’ life. Kennedy was also dating Nate, the student who raped Jules and when she found this huge secret out, was devastated and completely and utterly shocked. Dee brought so much truth and raw emotion to Kennedy, making her another truly memorable character. The supremely necessary series was canceled after just one season on MTV, but through fans’ tireless efforts, our fingers are still crossed in hopes for a Season 2 on another network.
Dee’s latest venture on the new (and extremely addicting) The Bold Type, sees her playing Kat, a social media savvy twenty-something who spends her days working at Scarlet, and her nights yelling at subway trains with her best friends. Though, what separates Kat from nearly every other twenty-something on television at the moment isn’t her fiercely loyal friends, her killer job, or her relationship status. It’s her spunk, and her need to stand up for what she believes in. Very rarely on television do we get a superhero in a truly human and relatable form. We’re used to seeing our superheroes fly and fight off enemies with strength and unearthly powers. Sure, we’ve had lovely down to earth, quirky heroes (Kara Danvers is the bomb!) but there is something supremely refreshing about a hero that doesn’t have it all figured out yet. Kat is a hero that doesn’t have any powers at all, a hero that, simply put, is a stellar human being trying to navigate this thing called life, all while protecting her friends, crushing her job, and finding out who she is. Thanks to Sarah Watson and her brilliant, brilliant writing, we now have that hero, and that’s pretty damn cool!
The Bold Type offers up a new light for Dee, one that we’ve never seen her in before. This time she is at the center of the story, this is her time to shine, and based on her past work we’ve got no doubt she will surpass all of our expectations. Bottom line, Dee soars in every single role she takes on, she is a force and one that should not be a secret anymore. Whether you know (and love) her from Chasing Life or Sweet/Vicious, one thing is certain, you’re not going to be able to keep your eyes off her in The Bold Type!
Are you excited to watch Dee on The Bold Type? What did you think of her work on shows like Sweet/Vicious and Chasing Life? Let us know in the comments!
The Bold Type premieres Tuesday, June 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Freeform and ABC Spark.
Victoria loves all things TV! Whether it's binging Grey's Anatomy (for the 4th time) or talking Orphan Black plot lines with her Professors, she's fully in love with the medium. Victoria loves television so much that she is studying it at Monmouth University. If you love hearing long rants about why Luke and Lorelai are meant for each other you should follow Victoria on twitter @VictoriaNelli.