Devery Jacobs cast as Sam Black Crow in Starz network show ‘American Gods’

Vincent Schilling

Sam Black Crow is a half-Cherokee college student that hitches a ride from the main character Shadow Moon, in Season 2

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Kanien'kehá:ka Mohawk Nation, known for her work in Mohawk Girls, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, and Cardinal on CTV, has told the public on social media, joined by American Gods on Monday, about her portrayal of the character Sam Black Crow.

On Tuesday, Jacobs posted simply, “Call me Sam.”

American Gods is a television show on the Starz network based on the Neil Gaiman novel by the same name. Season one premiere in 2017 and fans have lamented on the long pause between the end of season one and the beginning of season 2 which will be March 10.

The show centers around the main character Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle. The show loosely focuses on the battles that arise by the New Gods and Old Gods that embrace the use of magic, however, the New Gods have the advantage of the world’s new technologies.

In an interview with Regard Magazine, Jacobs said she has been a fan of Neil Gaiman’s work for years and when she learned the series was being adapted onto the screen kept close tabs on it.

“I love how the series doesn’t shy away from political characters and topics and reflects the varying cultures and beliefs that are held in this melting pot called America. The world that Gaiman created where gods are just normal people surviving day-to-day, and need humans just as much as humans need gods is both hilarious and really moving,” Jacobs told Regard.

Jacobs said she enjoyed playing Sam Black Crow because she was a fun and meddlesome character, that was also sarcastic and opinionated.

“What I love about playing Sam is that she pushes me to combine my utmost wonder and belief with absolute agnosticism, and to balance those two aspects of her from moment-to-moment. I also love that our country’s first people are being represented in a show that is ultimately about immigrants who have come to America.”

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