Meet ensemble member KiKi Layne, the Actress Who's About to Be Everywhere
She nabbed a lead role in Moonlight director Barry Jenkins's next film and Suzan-Lori Parks's Native Son.
Barry Jenkins called me at nine o’clock in the morning,” KiKi Layne says. “He woke me up—and then I found out that I got it.” The it in question is a leading role in If Beale Street Could Talk, director Jenkins’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight, due out in limited release in November.
In her big screen debut—an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel—the 26-year-old Cincinnati native plays Tish, a woman trying to get her husband out of jail before the birth of their child.
It was just the kind of role that Layne, who earned a degree in acting from DePaul University, had been hoping for. “When I read Baldwin’s book, I knew I absolutely had to get this,” she says. “It’s a beautiful love story, and a role like this doesn’t come around often.”
Next up will be a part in Native Son, the film based on Richard Wright’s novel and written by Suzan-Lori Parks. After that anything is possible. “I could do comedy, action, or even science fiction,” Layne says. “The only thing I’m sure of is that I want to keep doing work that speaks to me.”