BRIAN TYREE HENRY

IS ON A ROLL…

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This has been one of the most thrilling rides,” ad­mits Brian Tyree Henry. Al­ready Emmy-nom­i­nated for his work in Don­ald Glover’s TV show At­lanta, the 36-year-old North Carolina na­tive is up and com­ing in some ma­jor awards con­tenders: Barry Jenk­ins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, Matthew McConaughey-star­rer White Boy Rick and, first, Steve McQueen heist thriller Wid­ows…

What was the big draw of Wid­ows? There’s not any bad draws there, in my opin­ion. I love Steve McQueen’s work – he has such a keen eye and his vi­sion is pretty amaz­ing. I re­ally en­joyed the script. And Vi­ola Davis… what else can you say? When you’ve got Vi­ola at the helm, you can’t go wrong.

It deals with Chicago pol­i­tics. Do you see it as a thriller? If you think about it, cur­rent pol­i­tics

are a thriller in them­selves any­way. I think that what this movie does is it shows just what hap­pens when you push a woman to the brink when she needs to sur­vive.

Was At­lanta a big turn­ing point for you?

Well, hell yeah, man! Al­fred is a char­ac­ter I don’t think we’ve ever re­ally seen any­where. At­lanta is def­i­nitely not a show that I’ve seen in my life like that. But what I think was great is that peo­ple are starting to re­alise that there are more lay­ers to me. I think for a long time peo­ple thought I was Al­fred! You’re now in If Beale Street Could Talk, White Boy Rick and more be­sides. How does it feel to be on this roll? Peo­ple keep say­ing I’m hav­ing a mo­ment. I want it to be a move­ment. I want to keep do­ing this for as long as pos­si­ble and keep telling sto­ries that want to be told. The ef­fect of do­ing this stuff is what keeps me in it. It in­vig­o­rates me and in­spires me. JM

ETA | VAR­I­OUS / WID­OWS, WHITE BOY RICK AND IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK ALL OPEN THIS AWARDS SEA­SON.

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