WATCH: ‘Queen Sugar’s’ Rutina Wesley Talks About Her Experience Meeting Oprah Winfrey

Rutina Wesley (True Blood) currently stars as Nova Bordelon in the critically acclaimed OWN drama Queen Sugar from executive producers Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey.  Wesley portrays a layered  journalist with deep ties to her community and family.  Earlier this week, she visited the set of The Real, and discussed her experience meeting Oprah and also talked about why Queen Sugar is relateable to so many people.  Check out the clip above!

Queen Sugar is an adaptation of Natalie Baszile’s novel of the same name and follows the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova (Wesley); a world-wise journalist and activist, Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner); the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star, and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe); a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.  After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives when they inherit an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.

Wesley played Tara Thornton in HBO’s True Blood, which ended its seven-season run last summer. She also had major recurring roles on Hannibal and Arrow.  She co-starred in The Perfect Guy and previously appeared on Broadway in David Hare’s The Vertical Hour, opposite Julianne Moore.



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