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Rutina Wesley Biography
Rutina Wesley is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Tara Thornton on the HBO television series True Blood and Nova Bordelon on the OWN television series Queen Sugar.
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Rutina was born on December 21, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada in USA.
Rutina Wesley Height
Rutina stands at a height of 1.66 m.
Rutina Wesley Family
Rutina was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the daughter of Ivery Wheeler who is a professional tap dancer, and Cassandra Wesley who was a showgirl.
Rutina Wesley Education
Rutina went to high school at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts. She studied dance at Simba Studios and the West Las Vegas Arts Center.
During her time at the Las Vegas Academy, she missed several other auditions for college training programs and was finally accepted by the University of Evansville in Indiana. Rutina was reluctant in joining the university because of a lack of minorities in the state.
In 2001 she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. Her grandmother suggested that she do a nursing course, but Rutina insisted on pursuing her artistic education. In 2001 she joined the Juilliard School and graduated in May 2005 (Group 34), which included a summer spent at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. While she was at Juilliard, she became close friends with her future co-star Nelsan Ellis (Group 33: 2000–2004).
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Rutina divides her time between Los Angeles and Astoria, Queens. She married her former Juilliard classmate Jacob Fishel, an actor in 2005 . On August 16, 2013 she filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
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Rutina announced her engagement to New Orleans’ Chef Shonda via her Instagram page. She divorced Jacob Fishel in 2013. She plays the headstrong and worldly Nova on Ava DuVernay’s hit show, which is filmed in Louisiana.
Rutina was cast as lead character in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar, produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey 1n 2016.
Rutina Wesley True Blood
Rutona in 2007 she auditioned for the role Tara Thornton in the HBO series True Blood and secured the part after creator Alan Ball chose her because “[she] was the first person who showed [Tara’s] vulnerable side”.
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Rutina shared her secrets to working out and staying in tip-top shape with Fitness Magazine. “I do a mix of cardio and strength the elliptical machine and weight lifting—three times weekly,” revealed the actress. “But a lot of my agility comes from being a dancer; I trained at Juilliard. I also do yoga. It helps me relax and let go of the crazy character I play.”
Rutina was featured in David Hare’s Broadway play The Vertical Hour in December 2006. Rutina also appeared in The Public Theater production of In Darfur by playwright Winter Miller in 2007, co-starring Heather Raffo and Aaron Lohr, among others.
Rutina had a minor role in the 2005 film Hitch, which was edited out in the final cut. , She made her on-screen debut as the main character in the film How She Move in 2007 , from British director Ian Iqbal Rashid. The character Raya Green, who enters a step-dancing competition to secure funds for her education, was inspired by Tony Manero, portrayed by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Prior to the shooting of the film, Rutina underwent a five-week dance rehearsal period. She Portrayed a woman of Jamaican descent, she also took dialect coaching for the role.
It was announced in January 2015, that Rutina had been cast in a recurring role on the NBC drama series Hannibal. Rurin portrayed Reba McClane, “a blind woman who enters into a relationship with Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage), and helps soothe his murderous urges—at least at first.” Rutina appeared as Liza Warner in the fourth season of Arrow in January 2015.
Rutina Wesley Net Worth
Rutina has an estimated net worth of $4 million dollars.
Rutina Wesley Movies
- 2015 – The Perfect Guy as Alicia
- 2014 – 13 Sins as Shelby
- 2014 – Last Weekend as Nora Finley-Perkins
- 2013 – The Championship Rounds as Tina
- 2012 – California Winter as Marcy Sanchez
- 2007 – How She Mov as Raya Green
Rutina Wesley Television
- 2019 – The Walking Dead as Jocelyn
- 2016–present – Queen Sugar as Nova Bordelon
- 2015, 2017 – Arrow as Liza Warner/Lady Cop
- 2015 – Hannibal as Reba McClane
- 2015 – Broad Squad as Joanne
- 2012 – True Blood: Jessica’s Blog as Tara Thornton
- 2012 – The Cleveland Show as Tori (voice)
- 2011 – Generator Rex as Providence Agent Kenwyn Jones (voice)
- 2011 – Bandwagon: The Series as Auditione
- 2011 – Top 100 Number Ones
- 2010 – True Blood: Webisodes as Tara Thornton
- 2010 – Generator Rex as Providence Cadet Kenwyn Jones (voice)
- 2009 – The Cleveland Show as Yvette (voice)
- 2008–2014 – True Blood as Tara Thornton
- 2008 – Numb3rs as Sarah / Jenny Calandro
Rutina Wesley Walking Dead
In 2019 Rutina appeared as Jocelyn on walking dead.