‘Sylvie’s Love’ Interviews: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, And Eugene Ashe On Crafting A Classic Black Romance

Sylvie’s Love, out right now on Amazon Prime, is something that is a rare breed in Hollywood. A classic romance featuring two African-American leads, played by Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha, does not happen often but that could be about to change. Directed by Eugene Ashe, the film is an old school-style Hollywood love story, set in the Harlem jazz scene of the 1950s, following an aspiring TV producer and a sax player whose lives and careers intertwine, yet the passion never fades.

I had the chance to speak with Thompson, Asomugha, and Ashe about Sylvie’s Love, and what it means to make a classic black love story. We also discussed the immaculate production design and music, capturing a mood that feels timeless.

There’s also an incident at the end where Asomugha and Thompson take a keen interest in my Funko Pop! collection, and I get cut off just as things are really getting interesting.  Also, apologies for the low sound on Asomugha’s mic.

Sylvie’s Love is available right now on Amazon Prime video. Check out my review here and the interviews below!

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.