‘All Rise’: Kamala Harris’ Debate Performance Influenced Simone Missick in Season 2

CBS’ “All Rise” is a courthouse drama that follows the chaotic lives of its judges, prosecutors, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles, against the backdrop of a flawed and not always fair legal system.

Now in its just-started second season, at the series’ center is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (played by Simone Missick), a highly regarded former deputy district attorney.

As the lead and a Black woman, she challenges expectations of what a judge is expected to be, and for her performance Missick channels both her own real life experiences as well as what’s in each script.“It’s definitely a combination,” she said, singling out the second episode of the current season, titled “Keep Ya Head Up,” in which Judge Carmichael reflects on the angry Black woman trope with a powerful monologue.


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