A self- centered former Wall Street hot shot turned suicide attempt survivor, Kevin Finn thought it was enough work each day just maintaining the will to live. The universe however, had a much bigger to do list for him.

A mysterious stranger literally steps into his life and unceremoniously informs him, an admitted “really bad person,” that he is a chosen one and what he has been chosen to do is save humanity. The messenger, visible to Kevin alone, is a gentle, slightly sarcastic but no-nonsense woman named Yvette played by Kimberly Hebert Gregory.

Kimberly Hebert Gregory is one of the stars of ABC’s ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. (Courtesy Photo)

Starring Jason Ritter, “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World” is in many ways a show that perfectly fits the extremely volatile and uncertain times we’re in. It’s a comedy drama very much about what happens when the bottom falls out of life. “I believe people will love the show. We are in a moment globally where people are struggling with remaining optimistic and being hopeful and trying to figure out how to feel empowered individually,” Gregory tells the {FRO.

Kevin, having hit rock bottom, has gone back to his small hometown to live with his sister and her surly teen daughter. Reminiscent of the Della Reese character in the old TV series, “Touched By An Angel,” Yvette not only informs him of his mission, but sticks around and acts as an advisor, guide and sometimes confidante for Kevin as he figures out how to go about adapting to his new role changing people’s lives for the better. A veteran stage actress, Gregory came to the role almost by accident.

It is Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage that she credits in part with getting her to where she is now. “I never saw my journey taking me on-camera ever. That was not a part of how I imagined myself performing. I’d always seen myself on stage,” she explains. Gregory was acting in Nottage’s play “By The Way Meet Vera Starks” when it was about to move from New York to Los Angeles.

Hebert questioned the value of going along with the rest of the cast, which included Sanaa Lathan. About the market for actresses in Los Angeles she recalls feeling, “I don’t see myself represented. It just wouldn’t make sense for me to go to a market that didn’t really seem to be interested.” Friends and fellow actors Heather Alicia Simms (“Luke Cage”) and Sterling K. Brown (“This is Us”) convinced her to take the chance. “Doing that play just opened up a different world. Casting people came to that play. My agents on the west coast came out and they immediately started to send me out.” Then she landed the role of Yvette in “Kevin”.

Something of a renaissance woman, Gregory is also a life coach when her acting schedule permits. She had her last client approximately a year ago. “I really feel like it provides a different perspective,” she says. “It gets me out of thinking about myself all the time and it really opens me up to being of service and being a servant to other people on their journey.”

It is, of course, reminiscent of the message of her show. “People will have that moment where they feel, ‘Wow, this is the type of thing to remind us that we as individuals are capable of making and effecting change.’ People will keep tuning in because they need that reminder and that boost of courage.”

A native of Houston Texas, Gregory attended the alma mater of superstar Beyonce and Chandra Wilson of “Grey’s Anatomy’s,” the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

No slouch in the brains department, Gregory also has a Masters Degree in Social work from the renowned University of Chicago. In addition to the arts, she had also always had an interest in human emotional well being.

“I wanted to practice therapy in underserved communities; particularly in urban and Black communities where I feel therapy is not something that is seen as the first alternative but instead is an alternative that is foisted upon you by a system that has already kind of beaten you down,” she says.

She was also fortunate to live in Chicago where there was access to quality theater opportunities and it never occurred to her to give that up. “You have the Goodwin and Steppenwolf Theater and all these other theaters so I was like of course, I’ll do that too. It was just never mutually exclusive.”