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November 1st, 2017

The Suburbicon actress talks Tinseltown and her film’s relevance to today’s world

by Atalie Gimmel for Du Jour
Photo by Storm Santos

Suburbicon actress Karimah Westbrook was born and raised in Chicago, and made the leap to Los Angeles thanks to none other than Whoopi Goldberg. “At the time, she was like the black woman who looked like me,” Westbrook tells us. “She had natural hair, was a leading lady and she was funny. She did so many films and I just—it kind of took me out of my world.” Thanks to Whoopi (don’t we all she was our good luck charm?) and Westbrook’s undeniable talent, the actress went on to appear in projects like The Rum Diary, Mad Men and Shameless. Now, Westbrook’s shine continues to grow thanks to George Clooney’s latest directorial project: Suburbicon.

The film, also starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, follows the Mayers, a black family that moves into a suburban Pennsylvania community in the 1950s and faces harassment and violence from their white neighbors. “We always thought it was good to remind ourselves that these are not new elements,” Clooney told The Atlantic about the film’s relevance to today. And to Westbrook, who portrays the matriarch of the Mayer family, the film’s historical significance is just as important. “This is a very important part of black history,” she says of the Mayers’ real-life story, “and a lot of people really aren’t aware of how they made changes within the housing institution as far as integration in that regard. They basically broke the color barrier during that time.”
The actress also says her audition process was a little unorthodox: Clooney called her in for a meeting, asked about her career thus far, and basically offered the job on the spot. So, it seems, Westbrook’s L.A. luck is far from running out.

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BEYOND THE BADGE (2017)
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