Spotlight: Shareeka Epps


I have to draw your attention to this talent explosion of a person.

Shareeka Epps was born July 11th, 1989 in Brooklyn, NY. I first spotted her in 2006’s Half Nelson (my favourite film) along with Ryan Gosling (The Notebook), who got his Best Actor nod for his performance (well-deserved indeed). Epps has that quality I love in all my favourite actresses- ease on screen. She easily molds into her characters and delivers each and every line with a sense of purpose and intention. It makes you truly listen and  pay attention. Her presence on screen is galvanic, and with such talent as hers, I feel it should be hard for Hollywood to ignore her. I feel that directors and producers such as Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Spike Lee and Tyler Perry (who tend to focus on issues about black America) will be particularly interested in her for their films.

Rodrigo Garcia has already put her to use as Ray in his Mother and Child (2009). Ray is a pregnant girl looking to give up her baby. The film focuses around what happens after adoption, what happens to the families and people involved. She can be spotted next in Wes Craven’s My Soul to Take (2010) and Yelling to the Sky (2010) with the likes of Zoe Kravitz (No Reservations) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).

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