Should you’ve been watching P-Valley, the brand new collection on Starz, which follows the life and occasions of a strip membership named The Pynk, then your new favourite TV character might be Uncle Clifford, the proprietor of The Pynk. Uncle Clifford is unapologetically daring, goes by she/her pronouns, and doesn’t fiddle. Uncle Clifford is fabulous, fierce, and really a lot celebrates her Black non-binary queerness and gender fluidity on the present.
Who performs Uncle Clifford on ‘P-Valley’?
Nicco Annan, a Detroit native, portrays Uncle Clifford, and plenty of agree that his efficiency is award-winning good. You could have seen Nicco in reveals like Claws, This Is Us, and Shameless, however Uncle Clifford is Nicco’s greatest position but.
Earlier than pivoting to TV, Nicco was attempting to make it massive on Broadway, which is the place he met P-Valley‘s present creator, Katori Corridor, who forged him in her play, Pussy Corridor — as Uncle Clifford. This was greater than 10 years in the past, and he nonetheless needed to audition to show himself worthy of Uncle Clifford within the Starz collection.
Nicco has had a while to get Uncle Clifford and what makes his character so distinctive and essential — not just for P-Valley, however tv on the whole.
“I used to be very particular on what I needed, and what I didn’t need. I discovered that it was useful to have the ability to present the designers issues that I didn’t need, simply as a lot because the issues that I needed to see. As a result of I needed to essentially get to the humanity of Uncle Clifford,” he instructed Digital Spy. “I needed her to be reachable and for folks to grasp, ‘Oh, she’s not a drag queen. Oh, she’s not trans.’ ? And discover what gender fluidity appears like, or may look.”
The actor may be very a lot cherished for his dedication to Uncle Clifford and the way he is introduced extra consideration to not solely queer Black males, however queer Black males who’ve sexual relationships on display. Within the present, Uncle Clifford is in a relationship with closeted rapper Lil Murda (J. Alphonse Nicholson) and Nicco wasn’t shy about undressing their extra intimate moments.
“I turned to that producer [who asked if he was comfortable with nudity] and I requested her, ‘When was the final time you noticed a full-figured Black man or girl be made like to on the display? If I am a vessel to inform that story, so be it. I used to be excited to be sincere,” he instructed Vainness Honest.
He instructed Essence how excited he’s to play such a pivotal position in TV proper now. “As a Black man and as a Black homosexual man, it’s very seldom that I get the chance to inform such a wealthy, lush story that basically means one thing and that I actually really feel speaks to my neighborhood and may uplift us,” he stated.
Even a highschool pal of Nicco’s instructed him his Uncle Ryan (who usually does not discuss LGBTQ points) stated that Uncle Clifford “is a motherf—er!”
Nicco instructed Vainness Honest, “For a person that’s of a sure age, like Uncle Ryan? He’s hyper masculine. He usually doesn’t discuss LGBT and trans identification…and he was so enthralled with the present. That makes me completely satisfied as a result of he sees Uncle Clifford for who she is. And whet they instructed me that he was utilizing the correct pronouns? There’s revelation, y’all! There’s revelation! Change is coming.”