Nadine Ellis transformed into a lioness for her role on a sexy, soapy melodrama and the results have been stellar. The actress stars on FOX’s “Our Kind Of People” inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s provocative, critically acclaimed book, “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class” and on the show she’s prissy Princess and the ultimate ice Queen.
On the series that takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Nadine is Leah Franklin-Dupont, a confident, elegant, and ‘oh so bougie businesswoman who “sits at the top of the food chain” of the wealthy, long-standing Black elite in Martha’s Vineyard.
Amid her time atop of the food chain, Leah’s picture-perfect world is disrupted by Angela Vaughn (Yaya DaCosta) who shakes things up and threatens her family’s legacy. With that, Leah makes it her mission to get this plain Jane out of Martha’s Vineyard because she clearly “doesn’t belong”—or does she?
BOSSIP recently chatted with Nadine Ellis about Leah’s not-so-subtle hazing of Angela, Leah’s bougie behavior, and her character’s lioness-like persona.
Inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s provocative, critically acclaimed book, “Our Kind ofPeople: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” the series takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, a historical stronghold where the rich and powerful black elite have come to play for over 50 years. From writer and executive producer Karin Gist (“Star,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and executive producer Lee Daniels (“Empire,” “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday”), OURKIND OF PEOPLE follows a strong-willed, single mom as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary haircare line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of black women. But she soon discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever. The show is a soapy, thrilling exploration of race and class in America and an unapologetic celebration of black resilience and achievement. The series stars Yaya DaCosta (“Chicago Med,” “Whitney”), Morris Chestnut (THE RESIDENT), Joe Morton (“Scandal”), Nadine Ellis (“Let’s Stay Together”), Lance Gross (“Hawaii 5-0”), Rhyon Nicole Brown (“Empire”), Kyle Bary (“Ginny & Georgia”) and newcomer Alana Bright. Ben Silverman and Rodney Ferrell (Propagate); Claire Brown (The Gist Of It Productions); Marc Velez (Lee Daniels Entertainment); Pam Williams and Montrel McKay also serve as executive producers. Tasha Smith (9-1-1, “Big Sky,” “P-Valley”) directs the series premiere of OUR KIND OF PEOPLE.
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