Peacemaker: How Danielle Brooks Went from Juilliard to DC Hero

An actor is lucky enough to have one hit show, but here we go again for Danielle Brooks! After seven seasons with the Netflix smash Orange Is the New Black, Brooks is a main player in one of the hottest new shows of 2022, James Gunn’s Peacemaker.

Brooks plays Leota Adebayo in the HBO Max DC series. She’s Amanda Waller’s (Viola Davis) daughter, but would much rather be running an animal shelter than contributing to the Project Butterfly task force. Trouble is, Adebayo needs to support her family, so she’s got no choice but to get into her mother’s line of work. No one on the team is especially thrilled about being assigned to work alongside Peacemaker (John Cena), but it’s Adebayo who manages to strike up a connection with the impulsive and often obnoxious anti-hero, encouraging him to change for the better.

In celebration of Peacemaker’s stellar run on HBO Max, Brooks joined us for an episode of Collider Ladies Night to explain how she went from being a 15-year-old aspiring actor admiring a performance of The Color Purple on Broadway to starring in a DC adaptation alongside John Cena. Hear all about her time studying at The Juilliard School, working on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, her hopes for Peacemaker Season 2, and more in this episode of Collider Ladies Night!

Listen to the conversation uncut here:

00:00 Dicey Questions
01:50 The Color Purple
02:58 Studying at Julliard
05:02 Orange Is The New Black
08:03 Peacemaker
10:16 Peacemaker Season 1 Spoilers

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