Loretta Devine: Talks “Client List,” “Grey’s Anatomy” & “Dreamgirls”

Loretta Devine is one of Hollywood’s hardest working actresses and now she’s talking to AARP The Magazine about some of her most iconic roles.

The 63-year-old actress currently stars on the hit Lifetime series, “The Client List,” which returns this Sunday.

Devine told the magazine that playing Georgia Cummings, the owner of the massage parlor on “The Client List,” was refreshing after the intense role she played on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“It [was] so serious at the Grey’s set, dealing with the topics we [dealt] with. It’s a relief to play Georgia,” she said.

Loretta Devine

On “Grey’s,” Devine played Adele, the wife Dr. Richard Webber who was battling Alzheimer’s. The role won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2011 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. She was nominated for a second time for her performance in 2012.

Devine said the character inspired a lot of people. “[The role] helps relieve the burden of families dealing with the disease,” she expressed.

The Houston-bred actress has had countless roles — some of which earned her the six NAACP Image Awards she’s won. But it was the 1978 Broadway musical “Dreamgirls” that kicked things off for Devine.

“We had such a long run, and people came to see it over and over. That’s what happens when you’re in a classic. And I feel so lucky that I’ve continued to find work, especially at my age,” she offered.

Read the rest of Devine’s interview in the latest issue of AARP The Magazine.

Loretta Devine

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1 comment

  1. lilkunta 5 March, 2013 at 14:44 Reply

    Loretta is so talented. I am so glad she won the Emmy for portraying adele on GA bc Emmys time & time again ignores so many talented afram and afram shows. Bernie Mac, Girlfriends, and EH Chris was some really great episodes that worthy but were ignored.
    yet emmys, oscars, sag, gg all wonder why the ratings are low? INCLUSION is why. The world is not white, it is various shades of brown and yet emmys oscars sag gg dont reflect this.

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