Emmy Award winning actress Regina King is on a serious roll.
In addition to winning the coveted trophy for her powerful portrayal of a devoutly Muslim woman trying to help her brother through the criminal justice system in American Crime, King has also been working non-stop. She’s directed Scandal, returned as a guest star on the Big Bang Theory, shot a pilot for the FX comedy Pariah, and signed on to season two of American Crime. Now, she can add yet another series to her already brimming resume: HBO’s The Leftovers.
In The Leftovers, King plays Erika Murphy, a wife, mother, and doctor whose family moves to a small Texas town after “the departure,” a mysterious event that wiped out a huge chunk of the world’s population.
Here’s how HBO describes this show:
More than three years ago, 2% of the world’s population inexplicably vanished. 140 million people, gone in an instant. No country, no state, no city was spared, except for one small town in eastern Texas. Population: 9261. Departures: Zero. This is the setting for a tale of two families: the Garveys, who have moved to this special place, and whose lives were forever changed by the Departure, and the Murphys, a local family, who seem to have been spared from an event that shook the rest of the world.
King said the intriguing premise and the complexity of her character made her want to be part of the show.
“The character and show are intriguing enough that it keeps you tuned into it. In the very first script, you discover that there’s a physical challenge that is invisible. A lot of people deal with it, and I was curious to see where they went with that storyline,” she told the Root.
King’s addition to The Leftovers, along with her other roles, is just yet another example of Black actresses finally getting their just due on TV. Between Viola Davis on How to Get Away With Murder, Kerry Washington on Scandal, Tracee Ellis Ross on Blackish, Nicole Beharie on Sleepy Hollow, Angela Bassett on American Horror Story, Meagan Good on Minority Report, Gabrielle Union on Being Mary Jane, and Taraji P. Henson on Empire, Black women are having a serious moment on primetime TV. King called it exciting.
“It’s exciting to see powerful black women characters on television,” she said. “ It gives us hope that the scope of television can mirror more of what things look like in real life.”
Check out the trailer for season two of The Leftovers.
Will you be watching?