Network television has a new African-American leading lady to talk about and her name is Nicole Beharie. Nicole plays the role of Lieutenant Abbie Mills on Fox’s new spooky fantasy/drama/ adventure show, Sleepy Hollow, a modern re-telling of the tale with lots of twists thrown in along the way. Though there’s only been one episode so far, it looks pretty clear that Nicole’s character Abbie is a strong-willed, independent, no-BS kind of girl, much like Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope on Scandal. Could Fox be vying for some of that rabid gladiator fan base? If so, Nicole’s strong performance on the pilot proves her worth.
If you’re still wondering, “Who is this chick?” take note: This is far from Nicole’s first important acting gig. She actually has a pretty impressive resume for a 28-year-old who only had her acting debut in 2008. You may recognize her from her performance in Shame alongside ex-beau Michael Fassbender, or from her portrayal of Jackie Robinson’s wife in this year’s 42.
If Sleepy Hollow continues to earn huge ratings like its pilot did, soon enough the Nicole Beharie hype will catch on. But just remember, you heard it here first!