The announcement of Jones' role as a star player put this series immediately on my radar. While genre television isn’t new to Jones with her appearances on American Horror Story as well as Sleepy Hollow, many remember Jones as the complex character of Toni Childs on UPN’s successful sitcom Girlfriends for six seasons.
Jones is fully aware of the impact Toni has had on audiences and admits to slight 'performance anxiety' whenever the character is brought up. But she's proven herself to be a skilled chameleon in her craft. Whether it's a sexually fluid southern belle or a reluctant mother, Jones has created a multitude of characters that are memorable and distinct. There's no doubt that her Ash vs. Evil Dead undertaking will present anything less.
But Amanda does some ass kicking and so much more. There was a lot put into the character coming to life on screen as a person audiences could identify with and root for. Jones explains, "she believes in good and the good in people. Amanda has a sense of humility about her. I had two meetings with the amazing Sam Raimi before I left New Zealand which is where we shot. We just had these beautiful sessions about who did I see Amanda being and then he would tell me what he saw. I love that he gave me permission to be able to kind of create a little bit of her story. It was just a joy to be able to play.
So far the series has a gore and comedic factor that's infectious, and Amanda comes out of the gate as a critical player as the series progresses. It's exciting to note that Ash vs. Evil Dead has secured an anticipated season two with a steady rise in positive reviews. If you haven't checked it out yet, do so. It is an affirmative to Jones' personal investment in its success!