Rutina Wesley is currently starring in the third season of Ava DuVernay¹s critically acclaimed series Queen Sugar. She stars as Nova, the journalist/activist/herbalist in this drama that takes an inside look at what it is truly like to see family come together. Many reviewers are in agreement with USA Today’s Robert Bianco who says that ‘Rutina turns in a tour de force performance as the grieving daughter…’ Prior to Queen Sugar, Wesley starred on yet another critically acclaimed series Hannibal from the mind of Bryan Fuller. She tackled the role of Reba, the blind love interest to the Red Dragon, played by Richard Armitage. Following that, Rutina starred as the co-series lead in the ABC pilot The Broad Squad from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire which addressed the issues surrounding newly appointed female cops in Boston throughout the late 1970’s.
Some of Wesley’s theatre credits include the coveted role of Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, The Submission and The Vertical Hour from acclaimed director Sam Mendes. She has starred across all genres in the feature world such as 13 Sins from Radius/TWC, The Perfect Guy from Screen Gems, Last Weekend from Sundance Selects and the lead role in the Sundance Film Festival favorite, How She Move which was bought and distributed by MTV Films.
Rutina is perhaps best known for immortalizing the role of Tara, the Southern, tough-talking, best friend to Anna Paquin’s Sookie Stackhouse on Alan Ball's HBO hit series True Blood. She has developed a huge following and continues to wow directors and producers with her intense, heart-touching performances.