If you have seen Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime Video, you probably already had your breath taken away by its beauty, riveted by the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for fiction. There is one other major takeaway from the series, however: the incredible performance from its star Thuso Mbedu.
In the limited series, Mbedu plays Cora, who goes on a journey after she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.
Mbedu is joined by Chase W. Dillon in the series, and if you don’t know her name now, you better get used to seeing it: The actress is a force in the 10 episodes of the series. That said, she is already making major moves as she is set to star in The Woman King alongside Viola Davis.
She stopped by Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast to talk about playing the demanding role of Cora, and being from South Africa and telling an American narrative. Listen to the episode below.