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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.


Al­fre Woodard feels right at home in the White House

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