Regina Taylor on Playing Michelle Obama’s Mother in “The First Lady”

Regina Taylor, a two-time NAACP Image Award-winning actress, playwright, and activist, plays the role of Marian Shields Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother in the Showtime anthology series “The First Lady” which premiered on Sunday, April 17. “The First Lady,” tells the story of women at the heart of the White House, peeling back the curtain of three of America’s most dynamic and beloved First Ladies, Betty Ford, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Michelle Obama.

“Michelle Obama has always credited her mother as being an inspirational role model,” Taylor said. “Her mother and father were absolute pillars of strength, encouraging her to pursue her dreams, let no one deter her, and to not get in her own way. It was crucial for Michelle Obama, as the first Black woman in the White House, to bring along her essential source of strength – her mother, Marian Robinson.”

Taylor said it is a great honor to be working with such an astonishing cast of actors in the series. “Each performer is singular, amazing and a beautiful testimony to the strengths of first ladies and their lasting imprint on our world,” Taylor said. “The First Lady” is a timely and provocative project that enables us to see how the lives of these first ladies influenced American culture and politics. Helmed by the brilliant director Susanne Bier, the series is beautifully crafted and realized with indelible performances by Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gillian Anderson, accompanied by an extremely impressive ensemble.”

Regina Taylor spoke with the Chicago Defender about her portrayal of Marian Shields Robinson in the Showtime anthology series, The First Lady, and why she believes Marian Robinson was the source of the First Lady’s Strength

Showtime’s “The First Lady” airs Sunday evenings at 8 pm CST.

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