Loretta Devine Talks Age and Hollywood
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Loretta Devine has made a name for herself over the decades as a character actress. Now taking the lead in a new film titled, Caged No More, Devine tells HuffPost that at 66, the opportunity to star in a film doesn’t come all that often in Hollywood.

“If you’re a Black woman in your 20s or 30s, you can be a leading lady,” Devine explains.

“Sometimes I think, ‘I’d love to be in the Marvel movies,’ because those characters are so incredible. Like what Leslie Uggams got to do with Deadpool – that was amazing,” she expresses, noting that she’s happy about characters depicted by the likes of Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Gabrielle Union.

EXCLUSIVE: Loretta Devine Talks New Film on Human Trafficking, ‘Caged No More’

Though she may have less opportunities, Devine is also aware of the impact her own career has had on the entertainment industry.

“It makes me feel good to see images of myself from over the years. People still watch This ChristmasWaiting to ExhaleThe Preacher’s Wife… I never know what they’re going to come up to me and talk to me about, and that’s such a blessing.”

Caged No More is no available on DVD. For more information, click here.

WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.

Loading the player...