In her most challenging role to date, TV and film actress Malinda Williams is making audiences stand up and take notice as Cassandra, a troubled pastor’s wife in Russ Parr’s The Undershepherd.
Cassandra not only suffers abuse at the hand of her husband, played by Isaiah Washington, but she also suffers from bulimia, an eating disorder which is very common among young women today. This is the fifth film Parr has written and directed.
The controversial look into the Black church is so dark and twisted that it was a shock to the film’s creators when it received six Grand Jury Award nominations from the American Black Film Festival including Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, and for Malinda’s role, Best Actress.
Receiving this honor never even crossed Malinda’s mind. She said she never thinks in terms of awards. However, after the honor sunk in, she had to admit, “It’s great that somebody is appreciating the work. Somebody was moved.”