"I’d never done a sitcom and never thought I wanted to," says Poitier, who lives in Los Angeles. "But I thought the character was really cute. We’re both optimistic. She’s hard-working and good-natured, and I think I possess some of those qualities, too." That doesn’t mean, however, that Poitier isn’t up to more challenging roles.
"I tend to get offered a lot of sweet and bubbly characters," she says. "I’d love to do something dark, something a little more bad-ass."
If the buzz surrounding her recent performances reaches the ears of Hollywood’s casting directors, then surely Poitier will have her choice of roles. Even TV critics who panned the debut of "Abby" recommended tuning in for another look at the young star.
Of course, becoming as famous as her father certainly would make life a little easier for Poitier. "I usually only use my first and last names, and only use my middle name as a stage name," she says. "When I make a reservation at a restaurant, the profound disappointment when I show up is so sad. Just the looks on their faces — I feel so bad!"