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Aunjanue Ellis on 'King Richard,&& - His Career Renaissance, and how Michael K. Williams touched her life,and how she turned into a person whose face and soul shaped her own life

Aunjanue Ellis on 'King Richard,&& - His Career Renaissance, and how Michael K. Williams touched her life,and how she turned into a person whose face and soul shaped her own life

Aunjanue Ellis has earned two Emmy nominations in the last three years, one for the limited series When They See Us and one in 2020 for Lovecraft Country.

Today Ellis is earning Oscar buzz for her role in King Richard, a story of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams that focuses on their supportive family parents Richard Williams and Oracene Brandy Price (Ellis). Listen below.

As far as I've been, Ellis admits that she's not sure what changed she says that because I didn't learn how to act, I started working on sets. I was still a master of the arts, but I did not know how it was going. I am not able to do that, it'd be very difficult to get better and better. When I began working and where I am now, he'll be thriving.

She credits her King Richard cast for being teachers, singing the praises of Smith and the young actors who play Venus and Serena, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton. I learned from them, she notes.

Ellis also spoke about her late "Lovecraft Country" co-star Michael K. Williams, who was in charge of the show and lost his life in September. Though many were upset that the talk show was not renewed for a second season, Ellis recalls being on sa panel with Williams where he said something that touched her deeply.

But when he said that, it was so liberating for me, that I felt the burden of not telling the story.

Listen to the full interview above in the latest edition of Variety's Awards Circuit Podcast.

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