Selma Actress Tara Ochs Speaks on Frustrations With Racism and 'Oscar Snub'

February 6, 2015 6:23 PM

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Selma Actress Tara Ochs Speaks on Frustrations With Racism and 'Oscar Snub'

Actress Tara Ochs is the quintessential working artist, landing modest roles in independent films, commercials, television and regional theatre for the past 20 years. Being cast alongside Oprah Winfrey in Selma, one of the year's most important films, was likely the last goal on Ochs' mind, until it happened.

A southerner and daughter of a U.S. Navy pilot, Ochs doesn't come off as a woman concerned with Hollywood glamour and rubbing shoulders with celebrities. This could be what inspired Ava Duvernay, Selma's director, to imagine Ochs as Viola Liuzzo, a civil rights activist and mother of five. Liuzzo wa...

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