Alfre Woodard, Actor
Alfre Woodard discusses her path as an actress, from her introduction to the stage as a teenager in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to her role in the Oscar winning "12 Years a Slave."
Alfre Woodard on her childhood, racism, and finding the right stories.
Alfre Woodard is a prolific actor; she has acted in over 25 TV series and over 70 films during her long career. She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and didn’t consider becoming an actor until one of the school nuns suggested the idea. After attending Boston University, she took to the stage in 1974 in Washington, D.C. She made appearances in a handful of films before earning an Oscar nomination for her 1983 performance as Geechee in “Cross Creek.” Soon after, she won Emmys for her roles on cop show “Hill Street Blues,” and “L.A. Law.” In 1997, she won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG award for playing the titular character in “Miss Evers’ Boys.” In 2006, Woodard had a starring role in Desperate Housewives. She was nominated for another Emmy for her work on HBO’s True Blood, in 2010. Woodard took part in a pivotal scene for 2013’s Best Picture-winning “12 Years a Slave,” and now plays the President of the United States in NBC’s “State of Affairs.”