Emayatzy Corinealdi talks journey to ‘Middle of Nowhere’ (VIDEO)

Posted on December 27, 2012 /Video

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Emayatzy Corinealdi, the breakthrough actress who captivated audiences with her remarkable lead debut in Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, sat down with THR.com to discuss her journey to stardom.

Corinealdi touches on a few subjects: the story behind her unique name; her early training as an actor; why it meant so much to her to appear on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, one of her first credits; her big breakthrough at the 2010 American Black Film Festival; the present-day experience of an actor of color in Hollywood, and what Duvernay’s African-American Film Releasing Movement (AFFRM) is doing to change it; her initial audition for Middle of Nowhere, at which she read for the part of the supporting part of Ruby’s sister; the incredible way in which she found out that she’d landed the role of Ruby; the research that she did to prepare to play the wife of an incarcerated man (including reaching out to several women who have stood by a husband during a jail term); her history with the actor who plays her husband, Omari Hardwick; what she makes of the opportunities and accolades that the film has brought to her; and what sort of a career she hopes to have in the years ahead.

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