Niecy Nash-Betts 'pleasantly surprised' by Travis Kelce's acting talents

Niecy Nash-Betts has been impressed by Travis Kelce credit:Bang Showbiz
Niecy Nash-Betts has been impressed by Travis Kelce credit:Bang Showbiz

Niecy Nash-Betts has been "pleasantly surprised" by Travis Kelce's acting skills.

The 54-year-old actress revealed in May she would be sharing the screen with the Kansas City Chiefs tight end in Ryan Murphy's upcoming horror series 'Grotesquerie' and despite his lack of previous experience, the 'When They See Us' star has been impressed by his talent on camera.

She told 'Entertainment Tonight': "You know what, I'm pleasantly surprised. He's doing really well."

Niecy has been trying to mentor Travis and helping with his scripts.

She said of their typical rehearsal process: "Us sitting around eating In-N-Out reading words off a piece of paper."

But the 'Mrs. America' actress played coy when quizzed on whether she'd been asking Travis about his famous girlfriend, Taylor Swift.

She said: "Well now I don't ask and tell! Let me just say that."

Although plot details for 'Grotesquerie' are being kept under wraps, Niecy is thrilled with her "very dark" role.

She said: "I've never played a role like this. It's very dark, I'm so excited for people to see it."

And Travis may not be the only famous face set to make an unexpected appearance.

She said: "There may be a few cameos. I'm not going to name names. But it's a good time."

Travis - who is also set to host game show 'Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?' - recently admitted he was "shocked" to have been cast by Ryan in 'Grotesquerie'.

He said on his 'New Heights' podcast: “I was kinda blown away and kinda, like, shocked that he was willing to give me a role like this. Because it is a big role on the show.

“He seemed very confident that I’d be able to do this, and he kinda injected that in me the first conversation that we had. So hopefully I don’t bomb this for him.”

Travis has learned very quickly that there is more to acting than he first thought.

He explained: “The biggest difference from being outside of the acting world and starting to get into it is, you’re very much in tuned to the scenes and you don’t want to get so much caught up on the lines.

"You want to be in the scene with whoever you’re like acting with, right? So, I started off thinking, ‘Man, just memorise your lines. Memorise your lines.’

"But in the reality of things, you want to be able to take that scene from one point to the next and portray, you know, exactly what the scene’s meaning is."