Danielle Deadwyler Is the Beating Heart of ‘Till’
If you’ve ever seen Danielle Deadwyler in a film, you know there’s an actress who could stand to be the heart. On screen, her commitment to every part she plays makes one wonder why the character ever took a pay cut.
Her voice – her voice – is the reason the film is so compelling. It’s the moment when she’s in the best position to deliver the most emotional line ever – a line that’s more poignant than the entire film – that makes the movie as a whole. The fact that her character works solely for her husband makes it that much more difficult to see her as anything but a tragic figure.
Deadwyler’s ability to make her character, a single mother, a tragic figure and to make her life so compelling, is what has brought her to the best films of the year – like ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘A Single Man.’ The same goes if you’re reading the article and see Deadwyler’s name mentioned in a way that makes you wince and then remember the movie and that’s when you know you’re in good hands.
“I was interested in being an actress, but very early on, in my teens, I found I had to find a way to leave school and make a living at it. So I went into work for a living,” Danielle says. “When I went on to do a lot of theater, I found that I wasn’t happy doing theater. It was really the most depressing thing in my life for a long time. But then when I found I had a job I could really be proud of, it was like a piece of my heart was cracked open and it wasn’t supposed to be that way. So I took two years off and I came out. Then I went to college, and then I moved to New York. I moved to New York and started the theater. It was one of those things where you’re not really sure whether I really thought I was going to be an actor or not. I was just happy to have a job doing what I loved to do. I went and I studied acting and I did one