Cynthia Erivo stuns in autumn orange dress and black leggings while promoting Harriet biopic in New York City

Cynthia Erivo received the Breakout Actress Award at the Hollywood Film Awards for her role as civil rights icon and abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the 2019 biopic Harriet. 

There’s also now been talk of a possible Academy Award nomination for the British-born actress.

And on Sunday, in the midst of a major promotional push for the film, she sat down with moderator Tomris Laffly and discussed the role at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations program at the Robin Williams Center in New York City.   

Shining star: Cynthia Erivo attended the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations program in to talk about her new biopic Harriet in New York City on Saturday

Shining star: Cynthia Erivo attended the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations program in to talk about her new biopic Harriet in New York City on Saturday

Erivo, 32. stunned in a very festive orange dress that had a wrap-around design near the waist allowed her to flaunt her left leg at a moments notice.

Underneath, she wore a pair of black-patterned leggings, which she was more than happy to show off.

The Widows star’s petite 5ft 1in stature got a lift in a pair of white platform heels that were several inches thick.

She rounded out her ensemble with orange-rimmed glasses and her hair close-cropped and dyed platinum whit. 

Eye-catcher: Erivo, 32. stunned in a very festive orange dress that had a wrap-around design near the waist allowed her to flaunt her left leg at a moments notice

Eye-catcher: Erivo, 32. stunned in a very festive orange dress that had a wrap-around design near the waist allowed her to flaunt her left leg at a moments notice

Born into slavery in Maryland in 1822, Harriet Tubman escaped captivity and became a loud voice of change as an abolitionist and political activist.

During her heroic activism, she made about 13 missions and rescued more than 70 enslaved people, some of them were friends and family members.    

Going into the project, Erivo said she was determined to show Tubman for the hero that she was but also as a real-life human being. 

Bi g responsibility: Erivo talked about the daunting task of playing American civil rights icon Harriet Tubman  during her conversation and Q-and-A session

Bi g responsibility: Erivo talked about the daunting task of playing American civil rights icon Harriet Tubman  during her conversation and Q-and-A session

TheEviro discussed how she and the filmmakers also wanted to portray Tubman as and woman in the film which was directed by Kasi Lemmons

The icon: Eviro discussed how she and the filmmakers also wanted to focus on Tubman as a real human being and woman in the film, which was directed by Kasi Lemmons

‘We knew that everyone knows about her heroics, we knew the work that she’d done, but we didn’t know much about the human and the woman,’ she revealed in an interview with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

‘And so what we wanted to try and do is really bring that to the forefront.’

She went on and explained how she and the filmmakers wanted the story to ‘talk about the love she had for her husband; talk about the love she had for her family,’ adding that Tubman’s first trip back [to free slaves] was due in part to help free her family and husband.

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Harriet, which was directed by Kasi Lemmons, hit theaters in the US November 1. It also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn and Janelle Monáe.

Acclaimed: The British-born actress has been getting some Oscar buzz for her role in Harriet

Acclaimed: The British-born actress has been getting some Oscar buzz for her role in Harriet



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