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Alfre Woodard to be in new film ‘Twelve Years A Slave’

Posted by Lynnpd On June - 12 - 2012

True Blood’s Alfre Woodard along with other stage and screen actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson have joined the cast of “Twelve Years a Slave,” the upcoming film based on Solomon Northup’s novel of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Steve McQueen will direct the film, which follows a free black man who is drugged and dragged to Louisiana and sold into slavery.

Others in the cast include Paul Dano (A Free Man of Color), Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.

The New Regency film is being produced by Plan B and River Road and is set for a 2013 release.




Recently it was reported that Alfre Woodard will return to True Blood in Season 5 as the mother of Lafayette. We’re glad to see such a talented and respected actress return to the show.  We’re also proud of Alfre’s commitment to important issues and that she spares the time to participate. 

She will travel to Charlotte, N.C., to announce a cybersummit at Johnson C. Smith University that will coincide with the Democratic National Convention in September.  This was just another step in a lifetime of political activism. “I started walking the precincts with my parents when I was 10 years old,” she said. Woodard is a native of Tulsa, Okla., a city rich in its history of African-American achievement and infamous for a 1921 racially motivated riot when whites burned the city’s wealthy “Negro Wall Street” to the ground.

Woodard chose acting as a lifetime passion and profession when she was 16 years old. But her “real job, the reason we’re here together,” she said, is “to learn how to love each other — in our households, in our communities” and to make sure all of the Earth’s resources stay in balance to benefit all of us. “We do that by working for justice.” As a female of color, coming of age in Tulsa, Woodard, now 59, said, “It was impossible not to be involved in politics.”

Actor Hill Harper will join the Emmy winner and Academy Award nominee to lead “UFuture: A Summit for Innovative Thinkers” on Sept. 4, the first official day of the convention in Charlotte, with White House officials, educators, business leaders and representatives from more than 20 regional colleges and universities taking part. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Congressional Black Caucus Institute and Johnson C. Smith, an HBCU, are sponsoring the interactive event. “Our audience will be texting, tweeting and live-streaming in a dialogue about the 21st-century challenges facing them, individually and collectively,” she said.

In a conversation at the Johnson C. Smith student union, Woodard told The Root what her parents taught her about being an engaged citizen. She also countered criticism of President Obama and the politically active performers who often support him.

The Root: Do you think continuing involvement in the political process is a lesson that young people — all voters — can learn?
Alfre Woodard: Being an engaged citizen isn’t like choosing a team for the Super Bowl. It’s ongoing … Freedom ain’t free. It has to be fought for and protected every day.


TR: Actors who voice political views and opinions are often criticized for speaking out. What do you think of comments that actors should stick to acting?
AW: Would they say that welders should not be involved, that teachers should not be involved, that mechanics should not be involved? That’s absurd.

Acting is a job. We have an entire industry; we have a city like Detroit that suffered when the car industry left to go overseas. The industry in California, believe it or not, has suffered; a lot of that filming has gone out. People in these unions, they have families, they lose their houses. So we have everything at stake that every other American has at stake …

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Alfre Woodard Returns To True Blood for Season 5

Posted by Lynnpd On May - 30 - 2012

Alfre Woodard will return to True Blood in Season 5 as Ruby Jean Reynolds, the schizophrenic mother of Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) last seen in season 3. Ruby Jean was a patient in a local mental hospital and under the care of Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), who later went on to have a tragic romance with Lafayette.

Woodard was nominated for an 2011 Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series — for the Blood role. She’s set to appear in episodes 5 and 6 of the HBO series, and possibly more.





Alfre Woodard & Grey Goose Hosts 2nd Annual Pre-Oscar Dinner

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 24 - 2012

True Blood’s Alfre Woodard and Grey Goose hosted a pre-Oscar dinner held at a private residence in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 to celebrate African American women in film.  

Below she poses with Octavia Spencer, Regina King and Kerry Washington.

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Nelsan Ellis and Alfre Woodard at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 17 - 2012

Both Alfre Woodard and Nelsan Ellis attended the 43rd NAACP Image Awards, but unfortunately neither actor won.  Photos of the two True Blood stars are below.

Presenters Archie Panjabi (L) and Nelsan Ellis speak onstage at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on February 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  Nelsan was nominated for his role in True Blood as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Nelsan’s category – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Corey Reynolds – “The Closer” (TNT)
  • Ice T – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)
  • James Pickens, Jr. – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) [WINNER]
  • Nelsan Ellis – “True Blood” (HBO)
  • Omar Epps – “House M.D.” (FOX)

Alfre Woodard is seen below on the Red Carpet of the 43rd NAACP Image Awards. Alfre was nominated for her role in Memphis Beat as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Alfre’s category – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Alfre Woodard – “Memphis Beat” (TNT)
  • Anika Noni Rose – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)
  • Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife” (CBS) [WINNER]
  • Diahann Carroll – “White Collar” (USA Network)
  • Loretta Devine – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

See the full list of winners by going to:


True Blood was well represented by Alfre Woodard and Nelson Ellis (accompanied by his son) at 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  Both Alfre and Nelsan, along with Alexander Woo, are nominated for awards.



Alfre Woodard at BAFTA and Chris Bauer at HBO Luxury Lounge

Posted by Lynnpd On September - 17 - 2011

Alfre Woodard at BAFTA and Chris Bauer at HBO Luxury Lounge today September 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA.

Alfre Woodard arrives at the 9th Annual BAFTA/LA TV party held at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Hotel on September 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

Chris Bauer attends the HBO Luxury Lounge in honor of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards held at The Four Seasons Hotel on September 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.


Alfre Woodard at 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Posted by Lynnpd On September - 14 - 2011

Alfre Woodard looks lovely as she attends the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. At this event, in addition to the creative awards, they also announced the “guest actress” categories. Unfortunately Alfre didn’t take home the statuette which went to Loretta Devine as Adele Webber in  “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Alfre Woodard is the only True Blood Cast member to be recognized with a nomination at this year’s Emmy’s. She was nominated for the catagory of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for her role of Lafayette’s mother in Season 3. 

True Blood was also nominated for three other creative awards:

  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series – “Beautifully Broken”
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) – “9 Crimes”
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series – “Hitting the Ground”

However, the awards went to other programs, but as we like to say, “True Blood continues to be, and is always a winner to us!


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Alfre Woodard inspired by Nelsan Mandella

Posted by Lynnpd On July - 16 - 2011

True Blood’s Alfre Woodard has certainly been inspirational in many of the parts she played, but it seems the she is inspired by Nelsan Mandella and two weeks before Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday on July 18, she sat in her home in Santa Monica, California, reminiscing about the first time she met him.

Already an activist and a leading voice against apartheid, Woodard introduced Mandela at a fundraising event in 1990 during his first trip to the United States after his release from prison.

By the time I got on stage, I literally started to hop around … I could not stop the electricity in my body,” she said.

“So I went and I wrapped my arms around him, and I said to him in his ear, ‘Oh Madiba, Madiba. How are you? Have you eaten? Have you slept?’ And it became a really funny thing because ‘Nobody has asked me that, Alfre, in my entire travels,’” Woodard said with a laugh. “So that sort of became the basis of our relationship.

Long before they met, Woodard’s passion for social justice in South Africa had been growing since she was a student at Boston University.

By 1989, she joined a handful of artists and actors, such as Danny Glover and Mary Steenburgen, to found what is now called Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA). They used their celebrity platform to shine a light on apartheid and lobby for sanctions against the regime.

“Once apartheid was crushed … one of the things Madiba said to us was, ‘You’ve helped us in our struggle to defeat apartheid, but right now we’re facing another formidable foe — and that is the HIV/AIDS pandemic,’” she said. “So we’ve morphed through the years of how we’ve wanted to be of assistance.”

ANSA shifted its mission and in 2005 created an orphan care program called “It Takes a Village” to help around 3,500 AIDS orphans in South Africa.

While working to combat the disease, Woodard’s relationship with Mandela has grown both as an activist and a friend.

She remembers receiving an invitation to a state dinner at the White House when Bill Clinton was president — not from Clinton himself but from Mandela, who was being honored there.
“We were in the receiving line … and he sees me about three people away and he leans over and he goes ‘Alfre, Alfre! Remember me? It’s Nelson,” she said. “And I said, ‘Madiba, I don’t think anybody will ever forget you and certainly not me.”

Other times, their dinners were less formal.

To read the rests of this interview,  go to:

Watch this video below, where Alfre talks about her frienship with Mr. Mandella:


Four Emmy Nominations for True Blood

Posted by Shadaliza On July - 14 - 2011

Alfre Woodard received a nomination for her role on True Blood as Ruby Jean Reynolds in the category Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama.

Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series
Beautifully Broken • It Hurts Me Too • Trouble
Suzuki Ingerslev, Production Designer
Cat Smith, Art Director
Laura Richarz, S.D.S.A., Set Decorator

Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
9 Crimes
Brigette Myre Ellis, Department Head Makeup Artist
Lana Horochowski, Key Makeup Artist

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series
Hitting The Ground
John Benson, Supervising Sound Editor
Jason Krane, Dialogue and ADR Editor
Christian Buenaventura, Dialogue Editor
Steve Stuhr, Dialogue Editor
Stuart Martin, Sound Effects Editor
Fred Judkins, Foley Editor

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