American film, stage, and television actress
Alfre Woodard (born November 8, 1952) is an American actress, producer, and political activist.
- …as an actor, trying to do the best you can on a film, you think, do I say thank you or fuck you?
- On how, in one project that she worked on, other actors were given more takes than Woodard in “In Praise of the One-Scene Performance: An Interview with Alfre Woodard” in Pop Matters (2013 Nov 7)
- …When we see a film, half of what we see is what we bring to it…
- On how audiences receive a film (such as the film 12 Years a Slave in which Woodard starred in) in “In Praise of the One-Scene Performance: An Interview with Alfre Woodard” in Pop Matters (2013 Nov 7)
- …I’m the ‘Southern police’ on most of the projects I do…Contrary to what many people seem to believe, there is no ‘stock Southerner.’ In fact, there is more variation in us than in other places…this well-known actress was playing a Southern woman, and she was cerebral. She was acting from the chest up, when she should have been acting from the bottom. A Southern woman is not who you play. A Southern woman is who you are.
- On how Hollywood portrays Southern people in “G&G Interview: Alfre Woodard” in Garden & Gun (Oct./Nov. 2013)
- Even in stories written by exceptional writers, even when they write a well-crafted piece…the mother is a cliché, though it might be a good rendering of a cliché.
- On how mothers are typically portrayed in “Alfre Woodard Redefines Black Motherhood On Screen In ‘Juanita’” in Shadow and Act (2019 Mar 11)