Twelve women were selected to be on TIME‘s Women of the Year list, and among them are actresses Angela Bassett and Quinta Brunson.
Angela’s career spans over three decades and includes an Academy Award-winning role as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It. Most recently, she earned another Oscar nomination for portraying Queen Mother of Wakanda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Having played characters who embody so much at once, she tells TIME it’s important for people to take care of themselves first.
“Women are called upon to be wives, sisters, friends, mothers, community leaders, activists, and we have it in our core to be these things,” she says. “But it’s important to give to yourself first, and then you have more to share with the world.”
Quinta, on the contrary, is making her name in Hollywood as the creator, executive producer, co-writer and star of ABC’s Abbott Elementary. The show’s been a big hit this awards season, winning Emmys, NAACP Image and SAG awards. The actress tells TIME that she hopes she’s showing Black children they can accomplish anything. She also hopes people learn to appreciate themselves and the hard workers in their lives by watching the show.
“Through Janine and the rest of the characters, I hope to be able to help people love themselves a little bit more,” she says. “And give themselves grace and appreciate the hardworking people in their lives.”
Cate Blanchett, Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Rapinoe, Ramla Ali, Ayisha Siddiqa, Masih Alinejad, Olena Shevchenko, Makiko Ono, Verónica Cruz Sánchez and Anielle Franco were also named as TIME‘s Women of the Year.
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