Regina King has turned scene-stealing supporting roles into an art form — but what will to take to make her a leading lady?
Before she was terrorizing grandad as the voices of both Riley and Huey Freeman in “The Boondocks,” King had to realize she had more to offer than child stardom.
Born in Cincinnati Ohio in 1971, King grew up with her mother and younger sister in Los Angeles after he parents divorced in 1979. She and her sister began taking acting lessons and she booked her first recurring TV role by the age of 13 — as Brenda Jenkins on the show “227.” She attended the University of Southern California, but was only there for a year, in favor of acting once again.
She snagged her first starring role in “Boys In The Hood,” and then joined the cast of “Poetic Justice,” but eventually realized that she was being typecast as hollow representations of urban Black women with no compelling backstories.
But she snagged a supporting role in “Jerry McGuire,” which officially expanded her range to the masses and went on to be in movies like “A Cinderella Story,” and “Ray.” An impressive small-screen stint followed those, with roles in “24,” and “Southland.” She also won two Primetime Emmys for her various roles in the “American Crime” anthology series. She finally snagged a leading role in Netflix’s “Seven Seconds,” winning her an Emmy as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
Her heartbreaking 2018 performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” earned her the first Oscar nomination of her career.