Tuesday, February 7, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Betty Gabriel

Betty Gabriel

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Betty Gabriel was born in Washington D.C. and raised in both Pittsburgh and Hyattsville, MD. After graduating from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science/Pre-Vet, she moved to Chicago to become a modern dancer and also studied acting. After years of performing as a dancer and an actor at reputable theaters such as Steppenwolf and Victory Gardens, she decided to further her studies and is now a graduate of The Juilliard School. (Source)

About The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Where did this woman come from? Gabriel as Laney Rucker, a.k.a. "La Pequeña Muerte" had likely the most interesting backstory in The Purge: Election Year that we didn't get to fully experience. If even the most unruly of young raggamuffins causing havoc on Purge Night and off have complete respect for her, can you imagine the franchise spin-off of Laney as a woman of color lead? I know you can. And while Gabriel wasn't on screen long, she made her presence count in memory. I am elated to get to see her in Jordan Peele's Get Out this month and hope to see her in more genre films.

Other Genre Performances

Georgina, Get Out (2017)
The Spine of Night (2016)
Sandra Jones, Beyond Skyline (2016)
Willow Russell, 12 Deadly Days (2016)


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