Marlyne Barrett is an American actress. She had a recurring role from 2006 to 2008 as Nerese Campbell in the HBO crime drama The Wire and in 2007, she had a recurring role as Felicia Marquand in the FX legal drama Damages. In 2015, she began starring as Head Charge Nurse Maggie Lockwood in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med.
Women Fitness President Namita Nayyar talks to Marlyne Barrett about her incredible journey below.
You are a stunning actress best known for your dynamic portrayal of Council President Nerese Campbell on the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire.” Tell us more about your journey in Hollywood?
I started working in New York City and studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and did my master’s training there under some incredible teachers. I immediately started working in film and television. My first job came from an ABC movie of the week, and then subsequently the Law and Order series, which then led to cable. I also did a lot of film work which has lent itself to an incredible journey that has continued to rise. Until 2008, I had an unfortunate event that happened to me.
It is often said that there is cut-throat competition and you have to work really hard to survive here. What would be your best tips for a newcomer entering Hollywood?
Train, know who you are and take care of yourself 3-dimensionally. There’s no competition when you are just striving to be the best artist you could be. I really am committed to taking care of myself physically, emotionally and spiritually. One thing you can’t negotiate is the unexpected events in your life. For me, it was being sexually assaulted in 2008. After that, I was working on The Wire, on Damages and in a play called Death of a Salesman.
Unfortunately, during rehearsal I caught a cough that eventually led to pneumonia and I began to do these clapping sessions on my back that helped with releasing the mucus from my lungs. I physically couldn’t work out as much, I began seeing massage therapists regularly and the sessions lasted about 3 hours. On one particular night, I didn’t pay attention to who the therapist was and unfortunately, it was a weird person. I woke up to being assaulted. I had to step away from the industry and my biggest competition wasn’t people, it was myself. Could I overcome the hurt? Could I find the taste of life back, after such a horrific event? Could I have an even greater thought process and perception of myself after that? I did a lot of psycho-Christian therapy, physical training but the toughest battle was the emotional battle within me and finding my way back as an actor that had access to all her emotions – free and independent of serious emotional trauma.
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