One have a look at Tamara Tunie’s resume and also you marvel when she sleeps.
The TV veteran isn’t a family identify, however she’s quietly develop into one of the crucial prolific actresses in Hollywood — showing, up to now 12 months alone, in “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Dietland” and “Higher Name Saul” (each on AMC) and the BBC’s “Black Earth Rising.”
“I really feel like I’ve all the time been working beneath the motto that ‘work breeds work,’” says Tunie, 59, who’s additionally been a staple of mainstays resembling “Legislation and Order: Particular Victims Unit” and “Because the World Turns.”
“For me it’s not all the time about what’s going to pay probably the most cash,” she says. “It’s additionally about what I discover probably the most compelling. I’m keen to take part in a wide range of completely different [projects], and never simply primarily based on a pay grade.”
Up subsequent for Tunie is BET Her’s first authentic film “Her Solely Alternative,” (Saturday at 9 p.m.), which follows a younger lady (Denise Boutte) whose life is upended when she discovers that she’s pregnant —and will get a breast cancer prognosis on the similar time. Tunie’s character, Brenda, is her mom determine.
“Her Solely Alternative” is a part of BET Goes Pink, a month-long marketing campaign to educate and empower African-American ladies about breast cancer. (October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.)
“I haven’t personally [experienced breast cancer], nor has anybody in my household, thank God,” says Tunie. “However actually I’ve mates who’ve had to cope with this situation. A pricey good friend is a breast cancer survivor of some 15 years or so.
“Most lately, I’ve a really shut good friend who’s like a mentor, who’s in her 80s who really was identified with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy in her early 80s, which may be very traumatic.
“I simply happily have been in a position to be as useful and supportive to each of them as I probably can.”
Though she grew up in Pittsburgh, Harlem has been Tunie’s house for the previous few many years.
“I’ve been a Harlemite, a Harlem woman, just about your entire time I’ve been in NY city. I’m actually happy with that,” she says. “I really feel like the town has been actually good to me, over the previous 30 years. Additionally I really feel like I’ve introduced and given lots to the town. I used to be honored with a ‘Made in New York’ award from Mayor Bloomberg’s administration from my help of and participation within the movie, tv and theater business —and that was crucial to me.”
In her downtime from appearing, Tunie nonetheless doesn’t decelerate. Later within the 12 months (at an unspecified date) she’s releasing a CD with “a wide range of completely different sorts of tunes,” she says. “Some jazz requirements [and] some R&B tunes I’ve reworked in a jazzier sort of method,” she says. “I sing dwell fairly often — membership dates and that sort of factor. However that is the primary time I’m going into the studio to document.”
“Her Solely Alternative” 9 p.m. Saturday on BET