When I took notice of this talented lady, I was intrigued by this actress in a film called ‘How She Moves’, which aired on the Bounce network a few months ago. Little did I know that this accomplished actress had already placed a name for herself in the industry. Rutina Wesley has been in the game for a while and is becoming one our favorites next Angela Bassett and Nia Long. I’ve kept my radar on her since my discovery.
Before films, Wesley got her start in the acting biz doing theater. Once she moved onto television, she wowed us as the character Tara Thornton on HBO’s ‘True Blood’.
Now the 37-year-old is stealing hearts as one of the leads in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, ‘Queen Sugar’, produced by Auntie Oprah and powerhouse director, Ava DuVernay.
In an interview with Huffington Post, the actress shares why her role in ‘Queen Sugar’ is important to her.
“I think as a young actress I was like, ‘I just want to do a black play. I want to do August Wilson. I want to play a black role. I want to play myself. I want to see myself,” she told HuffPost video producer Jaques Morel. “When I would see Viola and Angela and they look like me ― I was like, ‘If they could do it, I could do it.’”
Bordelon is the “fully-fleshed out,” multidimensional character that most actors of color dream of playing, Wesley said.
“Getting the chance to play a beautiful gorgeous black woman with dreads, smart, funny, witty, a little chaotic. She’s everything. It’s a brown girl’s dream because she’s a real human being,” Wesley said.
I can definitely agree. It’s always refreshing to see images of us portrayed in a more genuine and positive light. I look forward to more from Rutina Wesley in the future.