Cherie Johnson
If you don’t recognize Cherie Johnson, then you must not have a TV. From her Punky Brewster’s best friend to Days of Our Lives, The Parker’s, and Family Matters, to her big screen roles in Teaching Mrs. Tingle & Malibooty, Cherie has been a dominant face on the acting scene. We ask her acting techniques and what it takes to make it in today’s industry.
Interview by Rob Schwartz
WHO?MAG: Being a woman, do you find it hard to be taken seriously when it’s crunch time and time for business? If yes, how does that make you feel?
Cherie Johnson: Sometimes it can be a little hard to be taken serious. My one pet peeve is a lot of men go into business with women expecting them to sleep with them. When they find out that’s not going to happen, they’d rather partner up with another male to get the project done. Even when you’re much more qualified then the male, they still partner with the guy. I guess boys will be boys.WHO?MAG: Is there anytime when you find yourself with your back against the wall feeling discouraged? If so what so you say to keep your mind focused?
Cherie: Of course, but I just remind myself that the Lord wouldn’t put anything in my lap couldn’t handle and I remind myself to be thankful for the things he has given me.WHO?MAG: Was there anyone who inspired you to really get into this field and take it seriously?
Cherie: My uncle inspires me. He’s an Executive Producer. He made me realize that I was talented at an early age. When I was young, we spent a lot of time together writing and doing skits. He taught me how to cry and show my emotions, as well as make people laugh. So in a way he molded me and guided me into the acting field.

WHO?MAG: As you already know, this is a very hard industry to break into. What advise do you can you give someone that’s up and coming?
Cherie: First I would say make sure your heart is in it. Don’t let anything or anyone discourage you. Never give up on your dream. Try and try again.

WHO?MAG: What do you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years? 10 years?
Cherie: I would like to become an executive producer running at least 3 of the top TV shows, while starring in one of them. I would also like to get married and have a family within the next 5 to 10 years.

WHO?MAG: Are you interested in writing for movies or sitcoms?
Cherie: Sitcoms first, and then movies. I never want to limit myself but TV is where my heart is.