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‘Law and Order: SVU’s’ Tamara Tunie Was Tapped To Portray Whitney Houston’s Mother In Biopic

‘Law and Order: SVU’s’ Tamara Tunie Was Tapped To Portray Whitney Houston’s Mother In Biopic

'Law and Order: SVU's' Tamara Tunie Was Tapped To Portray Whitney Houston's Mother In Biopic

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Tamara Tunie stars as Dana Canedy’s mother in A Journal For Jordan, starring Michael B. Jordan and Chante Adams.

Tunie described the role as “joyful” when speaking on being apart of the Denzel Washington-directed film. “It’s just such a celebration and of life and love, you know, I’m getting a little emotional talking about it,” she said.

The 62-year-old has previously worked with Denzel in a movie called Flight and a Broadway play for Julius Caesar. “It’s the first time I’m working with Denzel as a director, however, and that’s a, that’s a completely different experience and a wonderful one.”

Tunie described what it’s like working with the cast of A Journal for Jordan, specifically Adams. “[She] is also my fellow Carnegie Mellon alum as well. So we share that together. So getting on set together with her and her telling me that when I came to Carnegie Mellon to speak when she was an undergrad and how that inspired her. I, I burst into tears when we met, you know, so it’s just really special. It’s extremely special. It’s so exciting to see all of these young black actors, you know, doing their thing leading and it’s, it’s just really fantastic.”

Tamara Tunie recently portrayed Regina Walker in the Amazon Prime series, Harlem, and she’s set to star in the Whitney Houston biopic, I Wanna Dance With Somebody as the late singer’s mother, Cissy Houston. “I just wrapped on, I wanna dance with somebody, the Whitney Houston feature film that’ll be out next year sometime.”

Tunie is best known for recurring role as the medical examiner, Melinda Warner, and dished on why she parted ways with the long-running series.

“I came on the show to, to do one episode in the very beginning and that turned into a recurring and then it turned into a series regular, and then it turned back into recurring. Then it turned into every now and again. And that’s all very great because the entire time I was on Law and Order, I was doing every other thing I could do on the planet, whether it was stage, whether it was film, whether it was another TV show. So it all worked out beautifully. And you know, I’m still Melinda Warner whenever they need me. So it’s, it’s all been good.”

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