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Meagan Good talks new drama, ‘Deception’

Kam Williams | 1/23/2013, 9:10 a.m.
Meagan Good says her character on “Deception,”...
Meagan Good says her character on “Deception,” Joanna, has a “moral heart and wants to pursue justice.” NBC

How would you describe your character, Joanna Locasto?
Tough, ballsy, and vulnerable, with a strong moral compass. She has a moral heart and wants to pursue justice and see the right thing happen.

How did you prepare for this role? Did you consult your father, since he was a police officer in the LAPD?
Yes I did, and also his wife who is currently in the FBI. They helped me learn about the mentality of a police officer and what a day in their life is like, and what it takes to be a person who will give their life for the call of duty.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Keep God as your main focus. Make sure your desire to do what you’re aspiring to do is deeper than just fame and being a celebrity. Be willing to work hard, and don’t believe that when a door closes it’s anything personal.

How do you want to be remembered?
As a woman who represented God but was controversial, stood by what she believed and wouldn’t allow other people’s opinions of her to manipulate her directions. As someone who helped others, loved others deeply even if they tried to hurt her, was there for people when she could be, and ultimately made everything she did about God and not just about herself.