Not many are aware of this but Jasmine Guy's sister Monica stood in for her in some of her scenes on "A Different World." They were close as twins despite their three-year age gap.
Jasmine Guy began her career as a television mainstay in the Cosby Show spin-off “A Different World” but not many know that her sister Monica Guy was a part of the show too. Monica would stand in for Jasmine and no one could even tell the difference.
“We can’t call ourselves twins, but there’s a bond there.”
It’s unclear why Jasmine would need a stand-in but it appears Monica played her role flawlessly. They aren’t twins, Jasmine is three years older, but it’s as if they were one and the same playing the role of Whitley on the show.
“We can’t call ourselves twins, but there’s a bond there,” Jasmine once admitted in an article on The Daily News. She said when Monica was born, she thought she was her daughter.
“She's always been my truest confidante. One thing I love about her is her complete acceptance of me.
“I’ve always had a maternal feeling for her, which she totally rebelled against at age 5,” she recalls. And though they grew up fighting, they developed a special closeness.
“She's always been my truest confidante. One thing I love about her is her complete acceptance of me. As an older sister, it's difficult for me to admit that I've messed up or made bad choices. But she's very forgiving, always the first one to say, "Girl, that's how it is! You're okay!”
“Jasmine and I come from the same place she's known me from day one. I don't have to explain myself. It's powerful.
Monica, in the same article, agrees that she and Jasmine share a special connection.
“Jasmine and I come from the same place she's known me from day one. I don't have to explain myself. It's powerful. She is my big sister. I've always looked up to her. She's made my road a lot clearer. My life may be coming down on me hard, and she can be there in a way other people can't. She makes sure she's there to take care of me, and I make sure I'm there to take care of her, too.”
“When I write her speeches, it's so natural it's almost like me standing up and saying it.
This powerful bond between them lives on despite the relatively separate paths they eventually took. Jasmine went on to pursue acting in film and theatre and even dabbled in music. Meanwhile, Monica, who shared screen time with her sister on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” appeared in television shows and musicals and also ran a children’s dance school while working with mental patients and the homeless.
On several occasions, their careers would cross paths with Monica admitting she did work for Jasmine’s production company, wrote speeches for her and covered scripts for her.
“When I write her speeches, it's so natural it's almost like me standing up and saying it. We acted together once in a Lifetime comedy special. I look forward to doing a really meaty movie together one day.”
Today, Jasmine is a mother to Imani Duckett who seems to be following into her mother’s footsteps. The 20-year-old student of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts debuted her acting skills in the 2016 Atlanta play, “Serial Black Face.”
Not much has been reported about Monica’s life today but we suspect she’s still very much a part of her sister’s life and her daughter’s too.
Jasmine admitted in a 2007 interview that she would love to do a reboot of "A Different World." If that happens, we wonder if Monica would still be on board to stand in for her.