Feature: Sharon Leal

Sharon Leal

With her intriguing multicultural beauty and true innocence, multi-talented Sharon Leal is one of the most appealing actresses in Hollywood today. Sharon Leal began singing at an early age and later discovered her passion for acting while attending performing arts high school. 

Her professional career began in regional theater productions of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Into the Woods,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” Soon thereafter, Leal moved to New York and landed major roles on Broadway in “Miss Saigon” and “Rent.” Leal went on to star in the original musical, “Bright Lights Big City,” at the New York Theater Workshop, and was also featured on the production’s soundtrack. While in New York, she staged cabarets and continued to hone her skills when she produced an original production of “Stormy Weather” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, in which she starred as the legendary Lena Horne. 

From the New York stage, Sharon easily transitioned into television and film. Her television credits include a series regular role on CW’s “Hellcats” and four seasons on David E. Kelley’s hit FOX drama, “Boston Public.” Her guest starring roles include episodes of “Suits”, “Perception”, “Person Of Interest” and “CSI: Miami.” She also had recurring roles on NBC’s “Grimm”, and ABC’s “Private Practice” as Sonya, the love interest to Taye Diggs’ character.

In 2006, Sharon received international attention as a co-star of the Golden Globe Award-winning blockbuster film, “Dreamgirls,” opposite Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. She portrayed Michelle Morris, the singer that replaced Effie White (played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson) in the female trio, The Dreams. In “Dreamgirls,” Sharon showcased her remarkable vocal skills and was heard on the popular movie soundtrack. 

Quickly named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Breakout Stars”, Sharon soared into the stratosphere as the star of two highly successful ensemble films; the #1 box office hit, “Why Did I Get Married?,” with Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson and Jill Scott, and the popular holiday feature, “This Christmas”, alongside Idris Elba, Regina King and Chris Brown. Her performance in the latter project won her the 2008 Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Film Actress. Sharon starred with Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac in the 2008 musical feature film, “Soul Men.” In 2010, she reprised her role in the highly-anticipated sequel, “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” which grossed over $60 million at the domestic box office. Her independent film credits include “Woman thou Art loosed:On the 7th Day” opposite Blair Underwood, “Carry Me Home” opposite Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr and William Sadler, and a smash hit at 2013’s Toronto Film Festival titled “1982”.   Up next, she stars in “Addicted,” the highly-anticipated film for Lionsgate where Sharon steps into a risky role as a sex addict.

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Feature: Denise Boutte

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While growing up in the small town of Maurice, Louisiana, Denise Boutté dreamed a more practical dream of becoming a doctor, while conquering the “mystical” place called Hollywood and becoming a film and TV star never really crossed her mind. After obtaining a degree in Mass Communications from Louisiana State University, Denise’s creative intuition led her to the world of advertising where she quickly climbed the ranks as a respected account executive, then manager at leading Dallas, Texas-based advertising agencies, tending to the clients of various brands including Pampers, Fossil, Mary Kay Cosmetics, among others. While overseeing commercial and photo shoots for her clients’ campaigns, Denise was introduced to life “on-set” and became fascinated by the endless possibilities this new world offered.

After being approached by a local talent agent, Denise found herself in front of the lens for a variety of print and commercial campaigns. A chance introduction landed her a talent manager in Hollywood, and Denise decided to take a leap of faith, packed her bags and headed West.

Before long, Denise emerged as one of Hollywood’s busiest new faces, highlighted with guest and recurring roles on numerous popular TV shows, including Boston Legal, Everybody Hates Chris, Days of Our Lives and Girlfriends to name a few.

On the big screen, Denise teamed up with entertainment pioneer, Tyler Perry, as “Trina” alongside Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Richard T. Jones and the star studded cast of Lionsgate’s     Why Did I Get Married. Impressed with her chops and on-camera presence, Perry created the character of Sasha Brown, the fun-loving yet convicted voice of reason on the highly rated and now syndicated TV series, Meet the Browns. 2014 started out with a Bang as Boutté starred in UpTv’s highest trending premiere of Where’s the Love, also in the can are films, The Bounce Back, starring alongside Criminal Minds & Young & The Restless heartthrob, Shemar Moore and The Choir Director, a screenplay based on the best selling novel, written by New York Times Best Selling Author, Carl Weber.

Also be on the watch for her starring role as Ketren Hargrove in comedy In Full Bloom, which she co-produces alongside creator, and former producer/writer of The Parkers and Martin, Stacey Evans Morgan, Reality Series Swamp Kings and cooking show “Denise’s Dish” currently in development under her Imagine That Productions, Inc. banner!

In the words of critic Joseph Feinstein after seeing one of Denise’s theatrical performances, “She is captivating, truly radiant and creates characters with whom the audience associates and sympathizes…” 

 

 

 

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