Actress Imani Hakim talks about her new role in the Apple TV series ‘Mythic Quest,’ coping with mental health through therapy.

Can a show about the crazy things that go on behind the scenes of a video game developer get laughs? With the right cast and clever stories, the answer is yes!

We’re talking about “Mythic Quest,” a make-believe online fantasy game that gives viewers an idea of all the craziness that goes into creating and maintaining make-believe universes.

PHOTO CREDIT: RAEN BADUA
STYLING: ZADRIAN+SARAH
HAIR: CORA MCMILLIAN
MAKE-UP: MICHELLE LEE

In this AppleTV series, employees deal with everything from technical difficulties to trying to find the right influencer. It’s tech heavy but more In a “Big Bang Theory” sense where understanding the deeper geek stuff is fun but doesn’t ultimately matter if you laugh and enjoy the episodes.

One of the breakout stars is Imani Hakim, who plays Dana, the game company’s official tester, but is also asked to do more including be a fill-in streamer when no one else can be found. After getting known for her role as Tonya in “Everybody Hates Chris” and her portrayal of gymnast Gabby Douglas in a Lifetime biography of the athlete, Imani Hakim was excited to play a more quirky and passionate character.

We recently caught up with her to learn about her upcoming projects and activities, including Season 2 of “Mythic Quest.”

PHOTO CREDIT: RAEN BADUA
STYLING: ZADRIAN+SARAH
HAIR: CORA MCMILLIAN
MAKE-UP: MICHELLE LEE

What’s ahead with the show in the next season? Season 2 has a lot more jokes, pairings, and more heart. The second season of any show can be an opportunity to look closer at the characters and their special traits. You never know what to expect on this show. It’s officially a comedy but there’s also opportunities to do more.

How did you end in this line of work? I always have gravitated to the art of telling a story. One of my memories from being a child was spending hours in my room doing things like writing down plots from my favorite movies, or creating plays. In winter 2005, my dad and I got in our van and drove across the country to help me find the right roles. I was age 11 then, and we lived in the van for a while, but we stuck it out.

PHOTO CREDIT: RAEN BADUA
STYLING: ZADRIAN+SARAH
HAIR: CORA MCMILLIAN
MAKE-UP: MICHELLE LEE

What has it been like in your area with COVID still out there? The whole industry has gone through a lot of changes in the last year. In some ways, I think things changed for the better. Shooting was challenging mentally, physically and emotionally! I was so tired by the end of each day of shooting.

How have you dealt with your own mental health? I credit therapy which has been helpful in trying to manage my depression and anxiety. Plus, I have an amazing tribe of friends.

PHOTO CREDIT: RAEN BADUA
STYLING: ZADRIAN+SARAH
HAIR: CORA MCMILLIAN
MAKE-UP: MICHELLE LEE