She can make you laugh; she can make you cry. She can be sexy and charming.
In her latest role in Barry Jenkins’s “If Beale Street Could Talk,” King plays Sharon Rivers, a matriarch whose spirit is as strong as her love for her family.
“I guess being a mother, having a mother that I love so much, understanding all the sacrifices that my mother made, some of her dreams she didn’t follow so that my sister and I could follow ours, I have in a lot of ways probably been preparing for this role all my life,” King says.
She’s the emotional undercurrent in the film and illuminates the material born from the novel of the same name by James Baldwin.
We’re not the only ones who think so. King is nominated for best supporting actress at the Academy Awards and has already won a Golden Globe for the role.
It was on the latter stage that King let her own determination guide her words as she vowed to, for the next two years, produce projects with a goal of 50/50 gender parity on set.
She challenged others to do the same.
“I got off of that stage feeling like, ‘Okay, this is going to be a challenge,'” she admits.
But she’s found support — both from other artists and organizations that have long called for gender parity in Hollywood.
“I’m excited,” she says. “I feel like I will walk out of 2019 having achieved that goal.”