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Actress Adepero Oduye was an honoree at this year’s NextGen 2011 event this past weekend.  The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen list features a select group of 35 people working in the industry under the age of 35.  Oduye was singled out for her riveting performance in Pariah, a moving story of a Brooklyn teenager coming to terms with her sexuality. Pariah has garnered strong reviews from various film festivals this year, including the prestigious Sundance and Toronto film fests. What advice does Oduye give to up and coming actors/actresses trying to make it in the business? “Stay yourself–what makes you unique, will make you stand out.”

Watch Oduye’s red carpet interview below:

Included in this year’s NextGen honorees  was Pariah director Dee Rees; a former Spike Lee intern, Rees wrote the screenplay during her breaks while working on Inside Man.

Pariah opens in theaters December 28th.


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