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I had no outside distractions.” While still in Las Vegas, Rutina also studied dance at Simba Studios and the West Las Vegas Arts Center. I feel like that was my path.” Rutina Wesley While attending Juilliard, Rutina Wesley appeared in a number of stage productions, including “Macbeth,” “Rebel Armies Deep Into Chad” and “In the Blood,” to name a few.
Rutina is married to actor Jacob Fishel, a fellow Juilliard graduate. During a summer in RADA, she won the prominent role of Juliet in a production of “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Nona Sheppard.
Background: Classically trained actress Rutina Wesley kicked off her career on stage with performances in David Hare's Broadway play “The Vertical Hour” and others before gaining notice as Raya Green on the critically acclaimed film “How She Move” (2007).
Currently, she stars as Tara Thornton on the Golden Globe nominated television series “True Blood” (HBO, 2008-2009), opposite Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten and Carrie Preston.
She made me believe that being an African-American actress shouldn't limit me from doing all sorts of roles in the theater.
For example, in Shakespeare's 'Anthony and Cleopatra,' Cleopatra has often been played by African-American actresses but as Dame Judi said to me, 'I could play Cleopatra too.’” Las Vegas Girl Rutina Wesley was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to a professional tap dancer father (Ivery Wheeler) and a showgirl mother (Cassandra Wesley).
She graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies and the Performing and Visual Arts in Las Vegas in 1997 and received a BFA in theatre performance from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, in 2001.
Recalling on moving from Las Vegas to attend college in Indiana, she said, “Indiana doesn't have a lot of minorities, so I was kind of nervous about going there.
But the thing about that was that all I could do was focus on my craft.
She currently lives in New York and is an active member of Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP), a non-profit organization that utilizes the arts to help children worldwide. Still as a Juilliard student, Wesley originally had a minor role in the popular comedy film “Hitch” (2005), which starred Will Smith and Eva Mendes, but her part ended up on the cutting room floors.