Bresha Webb knew from the time she was a toddler that TV was where she wanted to be. But she wanted to be inside — not on it.
"I was very vocal about what I wanted to do at a very young age," she said from Los Angeles this week. "I wanted to be inside of the television set. I didn't know being on TV was being an actor."
Her parents did — and encouraged her to study violin, dance and acting as she grew up in West Baltimore: "They made it a priority to keep me in the arts."
Now this graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts has found her way into the TV industry and arrives Friday in a starring role on the new NBC sitcom, "Truth Be Told," which features two couples and lots of talk about race, gender, friendship and identity in a changing America.
"I've always dreamed about being on a major network television show as the series lead and being part of a cast like this," she said.
"I feel blessed to be here," she continued. "I left my whole entire family and went to college out here and stayed. And that was the most courageous move I thought I had ever done."
Webb says her whole family, including parents Sharon and Garfield Webb, still live in Baltimore.
"Staying out here and hearing 'no' after 'no' after 'no' and finally getting a 'yes' has been such an amazing blessing. I'm jumping up and down every time I see a billboard for the show."
Webb lives In Los Angeles with her rescue dog, Little Foot, a Chihuahua and mini-pincher mix.
Webb has been working steadily in the TV industry with regular guest-starring appearances on series like "Grey's Anatomy," a recurring role on "ER" and as a featured cast member on TV One's "Love That Girl!"
But the role of Angie, a pediatrician and one-half of an African-American married couple at the heart of the sitcom, is a step up in Webb's career that brings challenges with it. Though the approach is comedic, this is a series that talks about topics that have not been much discussed on network TV. One episode features Angie dealing with a range of emotions after finding out her husband had been involved with a white woman before they met.
"I'm excited that viewers are going to see and hear us having these conversations that they have with their friends and family about race and sex and everything else in their lives," she said. "Diversity should be the norm on TV, and I am proud to be part of that with this role."