Fast forward 25 years and Whitley Gilbert, Dwayne Wayne, Denise Huxtable and rest of the gang are still fan favorites. The once on screen lovebirds chatted about their fondest memories, where their characters would be today, what they've been up to and more.
No, I had no idea. I was so isolated in what we were doing. Going to the set, working on the role. Making sure that Whitley was as believable as possible. I felt that we were funny. I felt that we were relevant for the times, but I really had no idea the show would last this long and that it would have that kind of impact on kids going to school. So, she gets a bottle of wine and goes to her room and takes her picture of Denzel [Washington] and pins it to her pillow.
She has this fantastical moment with Denzel. In the middle of this revelry the girls walked in on her. We did the scene once and the audience was laughing. I go to do it again and this time I really rev it up. Right [when] the girls [were] coming to tap me on the shoulder, it was the real Denzel.
I thought I was seeing a ghost. I thought I concentrated so hard that he appeared. I kind of climbed into the bed away from him at first.
Of course I look terrified. It was a racially charged issue. They locked us up in jail with a white dude and we wanted to kill each other. It had comedy and drama. It gave me that feeling that I was doing more than doing sitcom stuff. Kadeem, was it awkward being Jasmine's love interest even though you were dating Cree Summer during the show?
But your home wife also happens to work with you. As much as that could have been sticky, they were so in love with each, it was never an issue. Good God, if you thought me and Darryl were close, he and Jasmine were inseparable.
They brought out the silliness in each other. In the last episode we learn Dwayne and Whitley are expecting their first child. Where do you think they are today? I think Whitley would still be trying to make Dwayne the man she wanted for her status in society. His concern would always be to take care of her, to take care of his family, be very diligent and hard working. He would also have a love and a tolerance for Whitney that never dies.
Especially for Whitley, I think she might have some sort of crisis, like an identity crisis. I think four kids in. Upper middle class probably. Who do you keep in touch with now? I see Glynn Turman a lot because he does a lot of theater. We were all together for the last time when A Different World was launching its season on Nickelodeon.
We all got together and could not stop laughing. I would love to get together again. They are my friends, I will always consider them my friends. Darryl Bell… with him every day or every other day we talk.
He and I have always, from the day we met, argued over our knowledge of sports. Me and Cree, we still talk. I see Lisa every now and then. What have you been working on and what's next? I went to back to theater because there were some things I really wanted for myself as an artist.
I wanted to do a straight play The first play I directed was For Colored Girls. I had a wonderful group of women. I had never seen a production of the show and I really just went with my gut. Kadeem, we hear you're doing a new TV show. When will it debut? I think [it will premiere] probably in January.