I met Essence at the set of How To Be Single, a couple times. She was with me when I finally got my picture and autograph of Dakota Johnson. She was great support when I had to ask for them. Thanks Essence!
What is your name? Essence
Where are you from? Staten Island, NY
How did you come to read Fifty Shades of Grey?
I first came in contact with the story when a couple of my closest friends began reading the book and began raving about it. Typically when a book becomes popular and everyone from everyday commuters to friends begin reading a book, I will join in to see what the hype is about. In addition, due to the influence of Twilight and how this story was inspired by that book and franchise, it raised my interest further.
Did you read an actual book or an ebook?
I prefer ebooks over paperback nowadays with an iPhone, iPad and iMac.
Which is your favorite book in the series?
While each book was amazing in their own right, my favorite book in the series was undoubtedly Fifty Shades Darker. For one, both main characters go through a tremendous amount of growth and explore each other’s limits and test their comfort zone.
What is your favorite scene in the series?
My favorite scene in the series was in Christian’s apartment when he falls to his knees and became submissive to Ana. It showed just how far he is willing to go to show Ana just how much he loves her and do anything for her, even if its makes him vulnerable; a sharp contrast to someone that exudes confidence and control to the outside world.
How many times have you read the series?
Too many times to count ☺
Outside of Fifty Shades of Grey, what is your favorite book, series or author?
Aside from Fifty Shades, I am also a huge Pretty Little Liars series fan because of the consent tension and mystery that surrounds the main characters and their suspicious as to who is stalking them. The TV show has further raised my interest in the series as they follow certain storylines from the book but also have their own original content.
If you were to meet E L James today, what 2 questions would you ask her?
If I could meet EL James, I would ask her:
1. What was the hardest scene to write in the series?
2. If there was a character from the series you would write about besides Ana and Christian, who would it be?
Have you had any unique experiences because of your love of Fifty Shades of Grey?
I’ve had amazing experiences due to Fifty Shades! For one, I had the chance to meet new friends who share the same love for the series as I do as well as giving my existing friends something fun to gossip about. I also had the opportunity to go to the Fifty Shades First event in NYC and see the film early (twice in one day!) and meet Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele).
What was your favorite scene in Fifty Shades of Grey The Movie?
While I loved the movie entirely, my favorite scene was the scene where Ana and Christian went gliding in Georgia. It was the first real date and you could see the enjoyment on their faces in the moment of flying and spending time with one another without the drama. Also, it was the first moment where Christian acknowledges Ana as his girlfriend, something he previously noted he doesn’t do.
What scene are you most looking forward to in Fifty Shades Darker The Movie?
It’s hard to narrow down to one, but the most anticipated scene will probably be where Christian and Ana confront Elena at his birthday party because the scene will be full of tension, plus Ana and Christian will put Elena in her place!
Where can people find you on the web?
Facebook: Essence Brown