Sunday night the premiere of "Flight" closes out the New York Film Festival, starring Denzel Washington and New Yorker Tamara Tunie. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
New Yorker Tamara Tunie co-stars with Denxel Washington in the new high flying drama "Flight". The film is already generating lots of buzz and Tunie says there's the added excitement of the film closing out the New York Film Festival.
"So all the Hollywood folks are coming to my town, you know, so I’m feeling really good about that," says Tunie.
Tunie also appeared with Washington on Broadway in Julias Ceasar in 2005. But with this project, every time a commerical airs friends flood her inbox.
"You know that’s like you know, touchdown, that’s huge," says Tunie.
In addition to the film, Tunie, who started out in musicals, also has a new cabaret show at Feinsteins later this month called "Yes, I sing."
"To remind people who once knew that I could sing and also to introduce people who didn’t know that I could sing to my singing," says Tunie.
If Tunie scared you in "The Devil's Advocate" with Al Pacino, you're not alone. She was scared too.
"I morphed into that freaky thing and I screamed my head off I screamed, it scared the hell out of me," recalls Tunie.
Tunie also has big fan base from her years as Melinda Warner on "Law and Order: SVU" and before that as Jessica Griffin on "As the World Turns". That show has many success stories including Meg Ryan, Marissa Tomei, and Julianne Moore. Tunie even takes a little credit for discovering a very young Lauryn Hill singing in her show dressing room.
"So when it was time for Jessica and Duncan to get married I went to our music supervisor and said, 'You know Lauryn can sing.' And I was like, 'You should have her sing at my wedding.' And so on 'As the World Turns' it was the first time the nation heard Lauryn Hill sing," says Tunie.
Tunie says she hopes fans will happily discover or rediscover her singing too.