Who She Is: Vernetta Jenkins has worked as a talk/reality show television producer for the past 15+ years on shows from CBS's Big Brother to The Dr. Phil Show. Now she's pursuing acting full time.
Her Inspiration: Michelle Obama. "During the Obama campaign in 2007-2008, I started getting all kinds of calls from my family and friends in Chicago, along with being stopped by people here in Los Angeles saying how much they thought I looked like Michelle Obama, the then Senator's wife," she said. "Of course, being raised to be the 'proud individual' that my parents raised me to be, I didn't see it at first."
"After the election, I began getting stopped all day, every day with some variation of that same phrase, 'Are you...' or 'You look just like...'" Now she frequently does sketch comedy work as Michelle Obama, from Jimmy Kimmel Live to Live with Regis & Kelly--and on her YouTube channel.