2013 The Root 100

From film to the stage, actress Adepero Oduye is causing a scene.

  • Influence: 142.9
  • Reach: 10.76
  • Substance: 6.6
  • Media Mentions: 111
  • Internet Mentions: 146000
  • Twitter Followers: 3540
  • Adepero Oduye

  • She's taking over Condola Rashad's role in the critically acclaimed Broadway play The Trip to Bountiful.
  • Job: Actress
  • Twitter: @adeperoOduye
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Age: 35
  • Bio:

    Actress Adepero Oduye, one of Hollywood and Broadway's fastest-rising stars, was supposed to become a doctor. She was pre-med at Cornell University, but the sudden death of her father prompted a career change. For the fiercely talented Nigerian-American Brooklynite, it turned out to be a surprisingly good choice. Oduye found herself in critically acclaimed films like Dee Rees' award-winning film Pariah in 2011, Lifetime's Steel Magnolias remake and the upcoming Steve McQueen film 12 Years a Slave, and now she's taking over Condola Rashad's role in the Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful. 

    Visit her website and like her Facebook page.