Thursday, November 02, 2006
Fresh Face [#007 - #008] Claire-Hope Ashitey and Shareeka Epps
You probably don't know their names or faces now, but soon you will.
Claire-Hope Ashitey and Shareeka Epps (along with previous Fresh facer Keke Palmer) are poised to begin a new generation of young black actresses flexing some serious acting muscles.
(Claire Hope Ashitey in a scene from "Children of Men")
London native, Caire Hope Ashitey, will co-star in the upcoming apocalyptic drama Children of Men (view trailer), as --get this--Kee, the key to the preservation of the human race. Though she's already getting early accolades for the role, the 19 year old is rumored to be taking a break from acting to pursue a college career.
(Shareeka Epps chilling with one of our Fantastic Four, hottie Anthony Mackie during a scene from "Half Nelson")
In 2004, then 14 year old Shareeka Epps starred in writer/director Ryan Fleck's Sundance award-winning short film Gowanus, Brooklyn. When Ryan decided to adapt the short to this year's indie hit Half Nelson, Shareeka was a shoe-in for the role. Her portrayal of a 13 year old girl who bonds with her crack-addicted junior high History teacher, is sure to win her consideration at the Independent Spirit Awards next year. Look for Shareeka Epps in the upcoming "Alien vs. Predator" sequel.