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…”