Adepero Oduye

With just a few major acting credits to her name, Adepero Oduye delivered one of 2011's most talked about performances in the gritty, emotionally charged drama "Pariah. " The daughter of Nigerian immigrants who ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1977 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

The Dinner 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

Eliza (Actor)

Steel Magnolias 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Pariah 2011 (Movie)

Alike (Actor)

The Unusuals 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Half Nelson 2006 (Movie)

Crack Smoker (Actor)

Pariah 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

On the Outs 2005 (Movie)

Suzette's Friend (Actor)

Biography

With just a few major acting credits to her name, Adepero Oduye delivered one of 2011's most talked about performances in the gritty, emotionally charged drama "Pariah. " The daughter of Nigerian immigrants who struggled to provide for a large family in New York City, Oduye put her own dreams aside to fulfill her father's wish that his children pursue medical careers. Yet it was also her father's unexpected death that made Oduye realize that life was too short not to pursue her true passion - acting. After getting her feet wet in the industry with appearances in student films, theater workshops and short features, Oduye gained career momentum with a minor role in the independent drama "Half Nelson" (2006). The following year, she landed a life-changing role of a young, gay outcast in writer-director Dee Rees' short "Pariah" (2007). When the coming-of-age film was made into a full-length feature, Oduye reprised the role with the raw emotion and depth of a rising talent capable of a successful career in blockbuster and art house projects.

Milestones

2011

Reprised role with a breakthrough performance in the feature length adaptation of "Pariah"; also directed by Rees

2007

Starred as a young woman struggling with telling her family about her homosexuality in Dee Rees' short film "Pariah"

2006

Cast as a drug addict in the drama feature "Half Nelson," starring Ryan Gosling

2005

TV series debut on an episode of "Law & Order" (NBC)

2004

Feature acting debut, the teen drama set in Jersey City "On the Outs"

2002

Onscreen debut in the short film "Water"

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