Kerry WA Confronts Identity Politics in Role as Anita Hill

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 7:50 AM

Hill was testifying during the hearings that'd determine if Clarence Thomas would become the following Supreme Ct justice, the second black man to keep the position.

Kerry WA Confronts Identity Politics in Role as Anita Hill

Kerry WA was just fourteen when Anita Hill shocked the nation on television sets across the country.

Hill was testifying during the hearings that'd determine if Clarence Thomas would become the following Supreme Ct justice, the second black man to keep the position. WA was young, so her perception of the hearings was influenced by her parents.

"My dad was engaging with the unfolding of the hearings from the perspective of an African American man who was watching this black man have his reputation and his career ripped from him in a very public way," WA told TODAY'south Matt Lauer in an interview on Friday. "So he'd very powerful feelings about it."

"I grew up in a house where we always talked about politics and community and issues love that, but this was really heated," WA said. "This was different. There was a lot of emotion in these conversations."

More than two decades later, Washington'south role has changed. She was once a youthful teen working out her own feelings about the hearings; presently she's the actress portraying Anita Hill in the new HBO drama, "Confirmation."

In a panel discussion after a NY City premiere of "Confirmation," WA said reenacting Hill'south testimony accusing Thomas of sexual harassment gave her some insight into not only the pain Hill experienced but also the bravery she had, MSNBC reported.

"I grew up in a house where we always talked about politics... but this was really heated."

Just love her mother'south and father'south reactions differed all those years ago, WA and her co-star Wendell Pierce, who plays Thomas, related to different parts of the story.

Pierce saw similarities between Thomas'south upbringing and his own and described it as an epiphany when he realized "not how small we'd in common, but how much."

"Really this is a moment in a man'south life, at the pinnacle of his career where he'south about to rise to the highest seat in his profession, where there'south a challenge," Pierce told TODAY'south Tamron Corridor and Willie Geist. "He'south about to lose something he'south worked his whole life for."

"Confirmation" premieres on Saturday, April sixteen at eighth p. m. EST on HBO.

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