Oprah praises Thuso Mbedu’s "performance of a lifetime" in ‘The Underground Railroad’

Oprah praises Thuso Mbedu’s "performance of a lifetime" in ‘The Underground Railroad’

Thuso Mbedu has the whole world at the edge of their seat as Cora in the Amazon original series ‘The Underground Railroad’ – and her powerful performance even made Oprah a fan.

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Thuso Mbedu has had an amazing start to the year. Just last month, the star revealed that she scored an exciting role in the upcoming feature film, ‘The Woman King’, where she will appear alongside Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis and now, the world is singing her praises after delivering an incredible performance as Cora in the brand-new Amazon original series, ‘The Underground Railroad’.

The South African actress, who earned her second Emmy nomination in 2020 for her role in ‘Is’Thunzi’, landed the lead role in the drama which is based on Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel of the same name.

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The series takes viewers on Cora’s journey after boarding a train after she escapes a Georgia plantation to seek freedom – all while being hunted by a slave catcher in the process.

Thuso’s incredibly emotional performance has been a talking point around the world, with many praising the star’s delivery and calling this role a ‘gamechanger’ for her career.

She gives such a powerful performance that she even caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey. “I have been watching The Underground Railroad all week and I have to say it is essential watching. Director Bandry Barry takes the already extraordinary novel by Colson Whitehead and turns it into a multi-part series that will live in your spirit,” Oprah captioned a video of her taking a break between episodes.  

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“Thuso Mbedu gives the performance of a lifetime. Great things are coming for her and everyone will be saying her name after watching her as the superhero that is Cora,” she added. “My only advice? Pace yourself through the 10 episodes. Pause. Go outside. Take a walk. Move around. Rock yourself like I do. Drink some wine like my daughter-girl Sade. Process it. But it’ll be so worth it. Every scene is searingly profound.”

Watch her rave about Thuso’s incredible performance in the series here:

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