Actress Rutina Wesley attended the Washington D.C. screening of Queen Sugar at the joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NABJ/NAHJ). Wesley talks about her role, the phone call she received from Ava Duvernay, and how she wants to be remembered with Tall Boy.
The series follows the life of two sisters, Nova Bordelon (playing by Rutina Wesley), the formidable journalist and activist from New Orleans, and Charley Bordelon (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), a modern woman, who, with her teenage son Micah (Nicholas Ashe), leaves her upscale apartment in Los Angeles and moves to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father – an 800-acre sugarcane farm.
Wesley is a Las Vegas native. She joined the Juilliard School in 2001 and she made her on screen debut in the lead role in 2007 film How She Move. In January of 2015, it was announced that Wesley had been cast in a recurring role on NBC’s critically acclaimed drama series Hannibal.
The series will debut at 10 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6-7 on OWN. It then will air regularly at 10 PM Wednesdays for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. To learn more on Queen Sugar follow the show on Twitter @QUEENSUGAROWN
To learn more on Rutina Wesley follow her on Twitter @RUTINAOFFICIAL