Zac and Fatima are fan faves on “Sistas” and Tyler Perry seen it before it even happened!!
Devale did an interview with The List and talked about how Zatima became a thing and how they always knew they would get a show.
He was asked:
You also have your [own] show coming out as well, “Zatima.” At what point did you realize that your characters were really popular enough to get your own show, and then how did that form?
“To be honest, I have to give credit to Tyler. When we were filming Season 2 — and this was during the pandemic and the quarantine, we had camp quarantine — and I remember, specifically, Crystal and I were sitting in the bed, going over our lines before we were getting ready to shoot. Tyler walked in, before Zac and Fatima were even seen by the public audience, and he sat there and he said, “I like this. This is something — I like something about this.” That was before Season 2 had already aired.
We’ve heard about Tyler Perry seeing chemistry between people and saying, “This could be good in another realm.” Crystal and I said, “Yo, we’re going to get our own show.” We used to tease about it, and we worked really hard during the pandemic over Zoom to develop our characters and our relationship. We’d say, “We’re going to get our own show one day.” Right after Season 3, when the popularity was at its most, Tyler talked to us about possibly doing it. I know he had run it by BET and made some decisions, but we found out at the end of last year that it was actually going to happen. We ended up filming Season 1. I’m excited about it.”
We can’t wait to watch Zatima.