"Curiously, when Dumezweni received the first script for the series the character she was reading for wasn’t even in the episode. She explains, “The script came through and my manager, Larry Taube, said, ‘You’ve got to read this.’ And I read the first episode and the Haley character wasn’t in there. But what David E. Kelly was saying in that first episode, I needed to find out what else happens. What is this? What is this world? I was really curious. And I didn’t even know at that point that Hugh and Nicole were attached to it. I just knew it was a David E. Kelly project. And then I got the sides to read for Haley. I just loved her energy. Then I get the part and then I see that Hugh and Nicole are attached and I’m like, ‘Oh my f—ing God.’”
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