Barnwell native appears on ‘Hap and Leonard’ TV show

  • Evelyn Frank (left) is pictured with “Hap and Leonard” actor James Purefoy during her October 2016 taping on the show.

A Barnwell native’s dream of becoming an actress is starting to come to fruition after recently appearing on a television show.

Evelyn Frank, whose stage name is Evelyn LeTeshia, appeared on the April 5 episode of “Hap and Leonard”, which airs on the SundanceTV channel. Dressed in a purple dress, she played “Church Lady 1” in the fourth episode of season two titled “Bad Mojo”.

“I was completely awestruck when seeing myself on television. Becoming an actress has always been a huge dream of mine, and to see this dream finally coming to pass is a feeling of unexplainable joy!” said Frank.

After her talent agency, Mi Talent, received an audition invitation from the show’s casting director, she submitted her audition tape. She later received a call offering her the role of the mother of one of the young boys who boxes on the New Hope Baptist Church’s boxing team.

The 2006 graduate of Barnwell High School traveled to Atlanta, Ga. in October 2016 to film her scene, which took place at the church during a fundraising boxing event.

“The experience was amazing. Director Abe Sylvia made sure everyone was enjoying their time on set, and I was in the hands of seasoned actors such as James Purefoy, Dohn Norwood and Keisha Tillis. The level of professionalism on set ensured that the day ran very smoothly,” she said.

Set in the late 1980s, the show follows “Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. When Hap’s seductive ex-wife Trudy (Christina Hendricks) resurfaces with a deal they can’t refuse, a simple get-rich-quick scheme snowballs into bloody mayhem,” states an online synopsis of the show, which puts a “country twist on the classic mystery thriller.” It’s based on a series of novels by Joe R. Lansdale.

While this was Frank’s first television appearance, she continues to submit auditions through her agency on a weekly basis. Her second television appearance will be on season six of “Fatal Attraction” but she also has a few credits for film projects that will be released later this year and into 2018.

Frank will also appear on Saturday, May 6 in the stage play production of “A Cry Nobody Heard” in Taylors. Performances will be a 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Being an entertainer is one of my greatest passions,” said Frank, who is also a model and singer/songwriter.

She currently has an EP (extended play) song entitled “Finally” that is available for purchase on iTunes, GooglePlay, and Amazon Mp3. She is also in the studio working on her full album “Heart Therapy”.

In addition, she hosts karaoke and open mic night on Thursdays at The Breeze Restaurant and Event Center in Spartanburg. She was also recently confirmed as a performing artist for the Spartanburg Juneteenth Festival in June where she will perform some of her original music as well as Spoken Word.

“I want to sincerely thank my family and friends who have been supportive of my dreams and aspirations since day one, especially my father, Keith Frank, who has been a living example of hard work and dedication that I have witnessed and followed since my childhood days,” she said.

She also thanks Doug Long at The Magic Factory Recording Studio in Spartanburg “who believes greatly in my abilities and talents as an artist and allows me to have a space for my creativity to thrive and expand,” she said.

Keep up with Frank’s progress at EvelynLeTeshia.wix.com/music, which also has links to her social media sites.