When you have to share the screen with comedy and drama heavyweights like Oscar-nominee Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett-Smith it's hard to be remembered once the credits roll.
Well, that's exactly what Deborah Ayorinde managed to pull off in this year's most successful and acclaimed comedy, Girls Trip. Playing the major antagonist, Ayorinde brought so much charisma to the role that she made Simone a villain we loved to hate.
A growing career on the small screen
Before her role in Girls Trip (her first major film role), Ayorinde was most known for her roles on a number of popular TV shows – her most notable TV role being Candace Miller on six episodes of Marvel's Luke Cage (alongside future Girls Trip costar Mike Colter).
Prior to appearing on Luke Cage, she had appeared on a bunch of other shows like BET's The Game and Starz's Survivor's Remorse. Her most recent TV appearance was on the Emmy-nominated Showtime drama, The Affair.
A passionate filmmaker
While Ayorinde is currently focusing on her acting career, she is still very passionate about filmmaking in general, specifically writing and directing.
During her matriculation at Howard University, she won the coveted Paul Robeson 'Best Actress' award for her performance in a short film she also wrote and directed. We can't wait to see what she does next, both behind and in front of the camera.