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INTERVIEW: Melissa Leo, actress, TREME, FROZEN RIVER, HOMICIDE

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Oscar-nominated actress Melissa Leo reunites with Homicide creator David Simon for new HBO series set in New Orleans, Treme!



Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo (Frozen River) has a great role in the much heralded post-Katrina, New Orleans-based drama Tremé, premiering April 11th on HBO.

Known for her intense portrayals of everyday women in films such as 21 Grams and on television shows like Homicide: Life on the Streets, Melissa plays a civil rights lawyer married to a professor and outspoken critic (John Goodman) of the government's slow response to the hurricane's devastation. Her character becomes intertwined in the show's other plot lines as she comes to the aid of Khandi Alexander's character in search of the latter's missing brother who was incarcerated at the time of the hurricane.

Melissa also has three big films set to be released later this year: The Fighter for director David O. Russell opposite Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg; Betty Anne Waters starring Hilary Swank; and Welcome to the Riley's opposite James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart.

This summer, Leo will shoot the much anticipated remake Mildred Pierce opposite Kate Winslett. It's a semi-reunion of two of the women who competed for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2009.

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