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Alfre Woodard is no stranger to Hollywood’s screens and has been on top of her career since the nineties. From films such as, Love & Basketball, The Family That Preys, and 12 Years a Slave, Woodard has been and still is a common household name.

Not stopping any time soon in her career, she now stars as ‘Juanita’ in the new Netflix drama of the same name. She plays a nurse, who may or may not be going through her mid-life crisis, and embarks on a journey to experience the world outside of her own.

 

In an interview with PEOPLE, Woodard states that this film calls for African American women to think of themselves, and value themselves. She states “We have a tendency to put ourselves last in order of taking care of things. I think women do that because we feel like, and we think, “We’ll be okay, we’ll manage.’ So we put ourselves last,”.

The film released on March 8th, 2019 and is available to stream on Netflix, and Woodard hopes that It can spark a new wave of self love and self worth within its female minority viewers. “[Woodard] hope[s] young women and girls see [Juanita] and understand that it’s not being selfish. But when you’re putting your mate, your friend, whomever, making sure they’re taking care of, don’t forget yourself. Because you can’t give something to somebody you haven’t given yourself.”

 

Watch Alfre Woodard in her new Netflix Drama ‘Juanita’, or at your next event!