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Interview: Weruche Opia on Getting to Know Coretta Scott King in ‘Genius: MLK/X’

The anthology series Genius began in 2017 with a spotlight on Albert Einstein. Season 2 showcased Pablo Picasso, and season 3 was all about Aretha Franklin. For its fourth season, which aired this past February, the focus is on two historical figures from the same era: Martin Luther King Jr. (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Malcolm X (Aaron Pierre). Among the terrific supporting cast is Weruche Opia, who played opposite Harrison as MLK’s wife Coretta Scott King.

Awards Buzz spoke with Opia about her research into this real-life woman and her experience as a British-Nigerian person playing her. Watch the video above to hear about the series in general and Opia’s reflections on the show that earned her a BAFTA nomination: I May Destroy You.

Weruche Opia is eligible for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie at this year’s Emmy Awards. Genius: MLK/X is available to stream on Disney+.

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    Abe Friedtanzer is a film and TV enthusiast who spent most of the past fifteen years in New York City. He has been the editor of MoviesWithAbe.com and TVwithAbe.com since 2007, and has been predicting the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards since he was allowed to stay up late enough to watch them.

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