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Da’Vine Joy Randolph Is Protective Of The Black Women She Brings To The Screen
Da’Vine Joy Randolph had no intention of being an actress. After studying opera on a bit of a dare, she was admitted to Yale’s conservatory. But a misunderstanding between her and the department resulted in her being kicked out of the program during her junior year. Eager to graduate on time, her mother advised her to go to the theater department, where her credits would transfer. Da’Vine did so begrudgingly.
“I was literally kicking and screaming and crying in administration,” Randolph told ESSENCE. “‘I don’t want to be an actor, please. My mom said I have to do it.’ And this is what has become of it. So I’m grateful to my mom but I never, ever ever wanted nor desired this at all–to be a performer in some sense, sure. But not this.”
Randolph, who has been acting professionally for the past ten years, has worked consistently since graduation. But more recently, she’s worked alongside legends like Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name or Tracy Morgan in The Last O.G. Those familiar with Randolph’s work remark at how effortlessly she seems to hold her own as a relative newcomer in these spaces. Randolph attributes some of this quality to her training. But because she never envisioned this work for herself, she’s surrendered to its ebbs and flows.
“I am not in control of this journey,” Randolph says. “So when these projects come to me, I know that they are God-sent. That’s why I don’t get nervous as much because I understand I’m here for a reason.”