For All American star Karimah Westbrook, landing the role of Grace James on the hit CW series was a long time coming. The Chicago native has experienced success both on the big and small screens since “crashing” an audition for 2001’s Save the Last Dance, and she has also succeeded behind the scenes as a producer. With All American entering its second season, landing a series regular gig was something she always knew would form a part of her career trajectory; she just didn’t know when. “I didn't necessarily know how my life would look by this point,” she shared in an exclusive interview with MediaVillage. “One of the things I set out to do was to be a series regular. I didn't know it would take 18 years to get there, but I did keep believing it was possible and I always believed it would happen. I just didn't know how or when.