Nicole Beharie is receiving praise from none other than Viola Davis for her performance in Episode 3 of The Morning Show.
In a video by Graeme ONeil, Beharie’s performance as Christina Hunter, the newest anchor to join the morning team of a New York television network, powerfully confronts network boss Cybil Richards (Holland Taylor) about a racial slur she used to describe Christina. Christina also asks Cybil on-air if she was hired simply to fill a minority slot.
The performance has been widely lauded by fans of the series and other actors as well. One of those actors is Davis, who wrote in the comments section of a post made by The Morning Show Instagram account about the scene, “Awesome!!! Compelling!!! Honest!!!”
This isn’t the first time Davis has congratulated Beharie on her acting skill. Back in 2015, when Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series, Davis gave Beharie her props in her acceptance speech.
“And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line,” she said, according to Global Grind. “Thank you to the Television Academy.”
After Beharie’s personal turmoil after Sleepy Hollow and her autoimmune disorder diagnosis, it’s great to see Beharie come back to the forefront. It’s even better to see other Black women in the industry supporting her rise to prominence.