What Are They Up To? Close to Home's Kimberly Elise
What Are They Up To? Close to Home's Kimberly Elise
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Kimberly Elise gained substantial television exposure as one of the principle cast members of the legal drama Close to Home.  For the duration of the series, she played Maureen Scofield and earned an Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.  She portrayed a criminal prosecutor who was promoted instead of lead character Annabeth Chase (Jennifer Finnigan).  As Annabeth’s superior, she was perceived as a no-nonsense lawyer who prioritized her career and pushed Annabeth to do the same. Towards the end of the series, Maureen was assassinated as a result of several prosecutions pertaining to police corruption but was given justice by Annabeth when she prosecuted Maureen’s assassin.
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Right after her work on Close to Home, Kimberly Elise has joined Denzel Washington’s film entitled The Great Debaters.  Written by Robert Eisele and Suzan-Lori Parks, the drama is based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas, who inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which beat Harvard in 1935 during the national championships.  Also included in the movie are Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett and Denzel Whitaker. The Great Debaters is currently shooting in Mansfield and Grandcane, Louisiana and is slated for release next year.

Next, she is set to work on another drama film called Red Soil. The former Close to Home actress will be playing the lead role of Julia, alongside Sammi Rotibi, Chioma Chukwuka, and Kofi Middetan-Mends.  The plot follows the central character as a retired nursing officer who takes a job at a cocoa plantation in West Africa.  Confronted with child slavery and her estranged husband, she attempts to save the children from the plantation while resolving her personal relationship issues.


-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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