Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo (born 8 January 1987) is an English actress, singer, and songwriter.
She is known for her performance as Celie in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, the latter two she shared with the rest of the cast.
Erivo ventured into films in 2018, with roles in the heist film Widows and the thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. In 2019, she portrayed abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet, for which she earned nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Cynthia Erivo is opening up about her coming out experience and why she came out later in life. The 35-year-old two-time Oscar-nominated actress, who will play Elphaba in the upcoming Wicked movies, appeared on the latest episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, airing on Friday (September 23). Cynthia, who is in a relationship with Lena Waithe, said that she didn’t know how to describe her feelings for most of her life. Click inside to check out the interview… “I don’t think I had the language to even know what was going on,” Cynthia said. “It’s come much later to me now, and it’s just wonderful now to be me, really.
And it’s made space creatively to just let go of whatever I was hiding. You don’t realize you’re doing that, putting so much energy behind it – once you take the energy away from concealing something that is so a part of you that you can’t hide, you can put it elsewhere.” “I knew something was different, but I didn’t know what.
Like, ‘What do I call this? What do I say about it?’” Cynthia continued. “I think sometimes we assume every queer person knows it from the beginning.Read more on justjared.com
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