Salli Richardson-Whitfield Talks Being Rejected by Hollywood on TV One’s ‘Uncensored’ (Video)

Salli Richardson Whitfield on Uncensored. (Credit: TV One)

Salli Richardson-Whitfield sits down for a candid conversation about her life and career this weekend on TV One’s autobiographical series, Uncensored.

In the episode, Richardson-Whitfield discusses her roles in classic films like A Low Down Dirty Shame, as well as making the transition to directing TV shows including HBO’s The Gilded Age, Amazon’s The Wheel of Time, and Netflix’s Dear White People.

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She also looks back on being rejected by Hollywood and losing roles to other Black actresses. In the above clip, Richardson-Whitfield remembers auditioning for A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, but the roles in the film ultimately went to Regina King and Lynn Whitfield.

“There are so many roles I was up for that I didn’t get,” Richardson-Whitfield says. “I remember, it was A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Regina already had the homegirl friend and Lynn Whitfield, I wasn’t quite there yet, but that role seemed really interesting. Django [Unchained], there were just so many roles that I didn’t get. But I swear, I love looking back on those, what seemed like missed opportunities.”

Richardson-Whitfield notes that there’s an upside because if she had gotten some of those coveted acting roles, she wouldn’t have become a director.

Uncensored: Salli Richardson-Whitfield airs Sunday, April 3 at 10 p.m. ET/9C. The series is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick, Jay Allen and Nikki Byles of Swirl Films.

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TV One will also air an episode of music series Unsung on Sunday night about hip-hop/R&B group, P.M. Dawn. The duo topped the charts in the early 1990s with the hits “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” and “I’d Die Without You.” Surviving member Eternal reflects on the group’s success and honors the life of his brother, Prince Be.

Unsung: P.M. Dawn airs Sunday, April 3 at 9 p.m. ET/8C followed by Uncensored. Unsung is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Frank Sinton and Arthur Smith of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland, Kysha Mounia and Jamecia Blount also serve as executive producers.