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Deborah Joy Winans reveals how she landed the role of Charity Greenleaf on the OWN hit church drama “Greenleaf.”

The actress who got her  BFA at Wayne State. Moved to LA and got her MFA from Cal Arts in acting worked hard to get where she is today.

Deborah Joy Winans on landing the role of Charity Greenleaf:

Via RollingOut:

I’ve traveled professionally with theater, but the only thing I did TV wise was the Lifetime Movie “Whitney”, where I played my aunt CeCe in a very, very small role, I think I had maybe two lines. I’m still very grateful for it, but that was all I had. But, when we were doing a workshop of the musical that I’m currently in called Born For This, we did a workshop in NY in March of 2015, and Ms. Winfrey came to one of the presentations, and she remembered me from there. She reached out a couple months after that and asked for my headshot and my resume. Once I sent those out to her, she called. It was very shocking. I couldn’t believe she called my phone.

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