Positive affirmations are one of the few ways of allowing ourselves to acknowledge that we have a seat at the table for a reason, as the doors in life don’t open unless pulled and prodded with vast resilience. While moving from a small area into a larger industry market, rising actress Kron Moore dove headfirst into the world of Hollywood while reassuring herself that she was more than capable to pave her own way; and capable she was. Through persistently honing her craft, Kron can be seen taking reign through her lead roles in hit shows The Oval and Stargirl. In this exclusive interview, Kron discusses how she entered the exclusive industry, her experiences reentering the workspace following Covid-19, and what she has planned next.
Megan Morgante: Did anything or anyone, in particular, inspire you to enter the entertainment industry?
Kron Moore: Meryl Streep has been my biggest inspiration. I think she's a powerhouse and anything she does is gold.
MM: Can you give an overview of your past in the entertainment industry and how it led you to where you are now?
KM: I started out as a child actor in theater, and when I went on to college, I put the entertainment industry down completely. After college, I went back to school for news broadcasting, where one of my instructors encouraged me to seek out a talent agent, which I did. So, I eventually got back into theater commercials and eventually entered the realm of film and television, which led me to Atlanta, Georgia. Although Atlanta has a larger market, it took a little while to gain my footing. But, now here I am with one of the starring roles on The Oval and Stargirl. It's been an amazing ride.
MM: The second season of The Oval has recently premiered, congratulations! Can you give an
overview of the new season and what viewers can expect to see?
KM: Well, the new season picked up where season one left off, of course, but this season you'll see a lot more of the backstories of key characters. Everyone is more grounded in their characters this season, so you'll see a lot of story development outside of the White House. My character, Victoria, has developed some interesting relationships while her son, Jason, is completely out of control. I don't want to give too much away, but there is an upcoming scene with the family in therapy, and I think the audience is really going to enjoy seeing the family therapy.
MM: What can viewers expect to see from your character, Victoria, in this new season, and what was your experience like getting into that character?
KM: You'll see a softer side of her. She is still petty, but you'll see a more vulnerable side of her. You may see her be put in her place by an unexpected source. I connect to Victoria because she's human. Everyone is flawed and everyone has a backstory. I connect with her, not in her wicked ways, but sometimes, we’re tempted to say things or do things when we get angry that aren't acceptable. Victoria allows me to do all of those things that I wouldn't ordinarily do in my daily life. As I said, I connect with her on a human level and I've learned not to judge her because she is who she is.
MM: The Oval was one of the first scripted shows to go back into filming after quarantine. So, what did that experience consist of for you in terms of going back into the workspace after a pandemic?
KM: It was terrifying. Initially, before we went back to film season two, Tyler [Perry] met with the cast on Zoom and let us know that he had an idea to do a camp quarantine where everyone will be on campus and he essentially wanted to get our feel for it. He let us know that he wouldn't move forward with the idea if not everyone was on board. But, of course, everyone was. We tested quite frequently prior to checking into camp and once we were all there, we were sequestered for about three weeks. All of the amenities were there, so everything was comfortable and all of the precautions were taken in terms of Covid-19. It was a slight adjustment to get used to on set because everyone's wearing personal protection equipment, frequent hand-washing, and social distancing, which is not something that we as actors are necessarily accustomed to. But outside of actual filming, the camp was like an adult day camp. We had food trucks, yoga on the lawn, movies, and all sorts of activities.
MM: Do you feel this brought the cast and crew together or was there any bonding or fun memories created as a result?
KM: Absolutely. When we were filming for season three, in particular, a huge storm had caused the power to go out for the entire grid in our area. So we were housed in these historical houses, and when it's dark in there, it's dark. No one wants to be in there unless you're asleep, so everyone flooded into the street and we brought a big speaker and we essentially had a block party. We haven't had an opportunity to have wrap parties because of safety precautions, so this served as our own unique wrap party.
MM: Diving into your other show, Stargirl, what did your experience consist of working on that set?
KM: It has been amazing working on my first season. You'll see a lot more of my character, Dr. Chapel; she's a fun character and the Chapel family is a lot of fun. For anyone who is not familiar with the show, Dr. Chapel is the mother of Beth Chapel, who is Dr. Midnight on the show. So you'll see a lot more of the family, their personalities, and their interactions with each other. The cast and crew of that show are absolutely amazing, and working with Luke Wilson and the entire cast and crew is great. Geoff Johns, our showrunner, has been completely hands-on in the best possible ways. He's totally relatable and if there's anything that we have concerns about with regards to the scripture, he encourages our creative input, which is not something that I'm necessarily accustomed to regularly on set. It's been an amazing experience.
MM: Outside of the entertainment industry, what would you say your outside passions consist of?
KM: I love to travel. Traveling is my thing and my favorite place to visit is London because the energy there is just so inviting. Traveling makes me feel small because there's such a big world outside of what we're accustomed to daily, so when I’m exposed to it, it brings out the child in me.
MM: Have you ever had any roadblocks or challenges throughout your career?
KM: I think the major roadblocks were ones that I set up for myself. The times when I have doubted myself or the times when things got hard and I wanted to quit, I think those were my biggest roadblocks. I've been able to overcome it because I'm determined to get to where I want to go, but for me, it's just trying to stay focused. It’s having the mindset that I can do this.
MM: If you could give a piece of advice to your younger self, what would that look like?
KM: To be self-assured. No matter what, don't allow anyone or anything to shake your confidence. You're capable, you're smart, you're talented.
MM: If you could see yourself in the upcoming years, in terms of your career or personal life, where would you hope to see yourself?
KM: I'd like to see myself writing and directing. As a matter of fact, I'm working on a couple of projects now. I'm hoping that those passion projects will come into fruition very soon.
MM: If you could name your biggest achievement thus far, what would that be?
KM: I'd say defying the odds. Moving from a small area into a larger market and following my dreams through to the end. Having the follow-through that a lot of people, unfortunately, don't have the courage to utilize, but it's so worth it.
Photography by Mel B. Elder