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Adepero Oduye Biography and Profile

Adepero Oduye
Adepero Oduye

Adepero Oduye (/ˌædəˈpɛr ˈdj/ AD-ə-PERR-oh oh-DOO-yay)[1] (born January 11, 1978) is an American actress, director, singer, and writer. She is known for Pariah (2011), 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Big Short (2015), and Widows (2018).

Life and career

Adepero Oduye was born in Brooklyn, New York, one of seven children of Nigerian parents. Although she graduated pre-med from Cornell University, she decided to pursue her passion for acting upon graduation.

Adepero Oduye - Adepero Oduye Photos - NBCUniversal's 69th Annual ...Oduye’s breakout role came in 2011 when she starred in Dee Rees‘ critically acclaimed and award-winning independent film Pariah, for which she received several awards and a nomination for Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards. During her Golden Globe acceptance speech for The Iron LadyMeryl Streep mentioned some of her favorite performances of the year, highlighting Oduye in Pariah. The following year, she joined an all-star cast in the Steel Magnolias television remake as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto, a role originated by Daryl Hannah.

Adepero Oduye - Adepero Oduye Photos - "Pariah" Portraits - 2011 ...In 2013, Oduye co-starred alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor in Steve McQueen‘s historical drama 12 Years a Slave, winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture.[8][9] She also appeared in Ava DuVernay‘s short film The Door part of Miu Miu‘s ad campaign known as The Women’s Tales. In 2014, she made her directorial debut with Breaking In, a short film about a young black man’s first time being stopped and frisked by the NYPD, based on her brother’s early experience.[11] The film has garnered several film festival acknowledgments and awards.

After several lead roles in regional theater productions, including Eclipsed and The Bluest Eye, Oduye made her Broadway debut opposite Cicely Tyson in Horton Foote’s The Trip To Bountiful.

In 2015, Oduye co-starred with Steve Carell in Adam McKay‘s comedy-drama The Big Short, which won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2017, she co-starred in the drama thriller The Dinner, with Richard Gere. In 2018, she appeared in films Geostorm and Widows. In 2019, she played activist Nomsa Brath in the Ava DuVernay‘s miniseries When They See Us.

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