Thursday, November 02, 2006

Fresh Face [#007 - #008] Claire-Hope Ashitey and Shareeka Epps

Young Actresses 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
(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.

Anthony Mackie and Shareeka Epps in
(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.


Anonymous said...

Is Shareeka Epps related to Omar Epps?

NSD said...

Lawd, that Anthony Mackie. Beautiful specimen!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see the Children of men movie! The trailer is bananas.

Doco said...

I saw both Children of man and Shooting dogs and i couldn't belive that Claire-Hope played only in two movies, she's greate.....sorry for bad english,i'm from Croatia :)

The Cocoa Lounge said...

I didn't get a chance to see Shooting Dogs, but Children of Men was an incredible film and Claire Hope Ashitey was incredible in it.

I hope it does well in its US wide release this weekend.

Anonymous said...

I saw Shareeka Epps in Half Nelson too. She was sooo good. God that little girl can act. I heard Omar Epps was her brother. Does anybody know if that's true.

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The Cocoa Lounge said...

As much as the Epps' share in common, Shareeka and Omar are not related. They're both from Brooklyn, incredibly talented and each started acting pretty young (in their teens)...interesting coincidences.

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