Patina Miller Is Open to a Raquel in Power Book III: Raising Kanan' Spin-off from Thomas

Many viewers see Raquel Thomas as one of the Power Universe's greatest and most complex characters. Patina Miller portrays a drug dealer who runs a criminal business with her brothers Lou-Lou and Marvin in Power Book III: Raising Kanan. 

She wants to use those resources to provide her teenage son, Kanan Stark, a better life, but Kanan is already so familiar with the company that he'd rather do it himself. 

Raq will be fleshed out more as the show goes, but Miller is open to a Raising Kanan spinoff to further flesh out the character. 

Patina Miller expressed her desire for a 'Power Book III: Raising Kanan' spinoff focusing on Raq. 

In an interview with Michael Rainey Jr. and Gianni Paolo of Power Book II: Ghost on The Crew Has It, Miller backed the concept of a Raq spinoff. 

When Paolo discussed a prospective Raq spinoff, she remarked, "She needs it." 

While there are still several seasons left for people to come to know Raq, Miller would like to go back in time to see how she grew to be the person she is now. 

"There's so much to unpack from her getting caught up with an undercover cop at 15, interacting with two of the top kingpins, being up beneath them, learning what she needs to know from them, and then doing her own thing, being the lady in charge," she continued. 

"That would be interesting as f***," Rainey added, speculating on a title for the project. "Raising Raq, baby!" says the narrator. Miller responded with a laugh. "Come on, Sascha," she said, alluding to Raising Kanan founder Sascha Penn. 

For 'Power Book III: Raising Kanan,' I took on the role of Raq. 

Miller also discussed how she came to be cast on Raising Kanan in the first place. She recalled that she was fresh off of her long-running series Madam Secretary at the time and was unsure of what was ahead. 

"Madam Secretary was wrapping," she remembered, "and I was thinking, 'I haven't done anything else in six years.'" "I had just given birth to a child. as an example... I went through something like to a panic attack. I'm going to have to start anew. For the past six years, I've had a really stable employment. Because I've been on a show, no one knows who I am." 

She understood she needed to get out of her own brain after that. "One day, I was like, 'Wait, what?'" she continued. "You've completed all of these tasks. Like, girl, get your sh** together, do what you have to do, travel to L.A., meet people, and get back out there. And then I moved to Los Angeles and began meeting people, and I met the proper people, and that's how I ended myself in a room with Sascha." 

Miller claimed she was asked to read lines for the team and received a call nearly immediately. "I'm going back home, and I've been filming Madam Secretary for the previous two days," she continued. "They said, 'Series wrap on Patina,' since it was a series wrap on me." And then I get a call... and I walk into my dressing room to find my agents and managers congratulating me. You're going to be the star of a new television show. 'You'll be one of the main characters.' 

Almost immediately, the show became a hit. 

Raising Kanan premiered in July 2021 and became an instant smash for Starz. Due to the excitement and buzz surrounding the series, it was even renewed for a second season before the first aired. 

After a cliffhanger conclusion in which Kanan fled into hiding after a botched hit on his police officer father Malcolm Howard, the program is now entering its second season. On Sunday, Aug. 14, it will return to Starz, followed by new seasons of Power Book II: Ghost and Power Book IV: Force. More information about the Power shows may be found here.


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