Quencie Interviews Kyanna Simone Simpson Who Played Oprah Winfrey's Younger Character in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on HBO

Today, I did a Skype interview with actress Kyanna Simone Simpson who played the younger version of Oprah Winfrey's character in the biopic surrounding Henrietta Lacks life called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on HBO. The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

I had so much fun talking to Kyanna about her career, her mentor Latanya Richardson Jackson and what it was like to meet and work with Oprah Winfrey, which was a dream come true for her.  This budding actress who is known for her recurring role on HBO’s miniseries Show Me a Hero is currently working on the film, White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey.  

Check out our fun conversation below. 

Quencie Talks to Oprah Winfrey

My best friend and business partner, Tam Anderson wrote the most beautiful letter to The Oprah Winfrey Show about how our relationship resembled her friendship with Gayle.  We were then miraculously chosen to attend a taping of the show during Oprah's 25th season based on being Best Friends. Once we got the email that confirmed our seats we constantly looked at each other and screamed, "We're going to the Oprah Winfrey Show!"  For years Tam, has told me how much our relationship reminds her of Oprah and Gayle. Who knew it would be the very reason we got to be in the same room with Oprah and Gayle. 

What even got to sit in the second row and it doesn't end there! I got a chance to ask Oprah a question, which they later posted on Oprah.com. What an amazing experience Tam and I had! Check out my question to Oprah below. Gayle chimed in too!