This Zelda game has a wonderfully creative structure where players relive a 72-hour period again and again, trying to stop the end of the world. Each time they learn more, and it’s with a sense of urgency the four main dungeons must be tackled. The inclusion of masks are a neat touch, imbuing Link with various powers, many of which factor into the creative boss battles. She’s won awards and rave reviews over the years for her roles on both the big screen ( Passion Fish, 12 Years A Slave) and small ( The Practice, Desperate Housewives). But currently starring as the US President in State Of Affairs, Alfre Woodard, 62, admits she’s still a big kid at heart when it comes to choosing her roles.
We’ve watched the first couple of episodes and there are some serious twists and turns in State Of Affairs. Well buckle your seatbelts because it’s about to take off! I read the scripts and even when I watch the show I’m surprised.
You must have your pick of projects, what attracted you to State Of Affairs? I think of it like play time. You know when you’re young and you’re playing make-believe and someone says, “Do you want to be the queen?” you say, “Yeah!” So when somebody says “Do you want to be the president?” you say, “Yeah!”
Surely there must have been a little more to it … Well I said yes and then my manager said, “Wait a minute, you should read the script.” (Laughs). So I read the script and I came on board also because Joe Carnahan, who is an amazing action director, is the executive producer. Also, I think Katherine Heigl is a lovely actress.
How are you enjoying working with Katherine? She is lovely. She’s so honest and believable on camera. The camera just loves her. Also, another reason I said yes (to State Of Affairs) is that I’m very active in American politics. So it was all of the above. So, if you were president for a day, what’s the first thing you’d do? Wow, that’s a tough one. One part of me wants to broker a sustainable peace with Palestine and Israel.
And the other part? I don’t know how but I’d like people to recognise that Islam is a religion of peace. I would rip off the stain that people see from extremist actions. We hear you’ve been to Australia a number of times? Yes, I’ve been three times. God, Australia is lovely. As a matter of fact, my husband and I toyed with moving there when our kids were in seventh and fourth grade — they’re 23 and 21 now.
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So what happened? I got offered a Broadway play.
STATE OF AFFAIRS, CHANNEL 7, THURSDAY, 9PM
Alfre Woodard feels right at home in the White House