Dominique Fishback is one to watch

Dominique Fishback at the IMDb Portrait Studio at SXSW 2023 ahead of the premiere of Swarm. Photo by Corey Nickols/Getty Images for IMDb

Of her star-making turn Swarm to her first big-screen blockbuster role in the new Transformers: Rise of the Beast, Dominique Fishback is having quite a year. With a potential Emmy nomination on the horizon and an almost surefire blockbuster in her hands, the actress should be on everyone’s radar as someone to watch.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dominique Fishback in Season 2 of The deuce. Photo by Paul Schiraldi/HBO

Dominique Fishback, as seen on Prestige TV

The Peak TV era has boosted many creatives, including Fishback, who has built an impressive resume with equally impressive TV shows. The Americans And The affair both enjoyed a one-episode stint from the actress, but she seems to have been on HBO’s speed dial: Show me a hero And Random acts of flight starred her in notable recurring roles and she was a pivotal series regular as Darlene The deuce. More recently, the actress starred in her own episode of the Amazon (AMZN) Prime anthology series Modern loveand she had the opportunity to star opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the six-episode Apple (AAPL) TV+ series The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray. For the latter, she and her legendary co-star were both nominated for Critics’ Choice Awards.

A BAFTA nominated performance

In 2021, Fishback’s career got a major boost thanks to her role in Judas and the Black Messiah. The film tells the true story of the fall of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was betrayed by an FBI informant. LaKeith Stanfield plays the undercover informant, Daniel Kaluuya plays Hampton, and Fishback plays activist and fellow Black Panther’s girlfriend, Deborah Johnson. For her rousing performance, she was nominated for several awards, including the BAFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Embracing generous dishes

Satirical horror and sci-fi are the secrets to Fishback’s success this year, as the actress moves away from the straight-up dramas she’s already done so well in. For her role in this week’s piglet Transformers: Rise of the Beasts premiere, she has been hailed as “light bulb” And “recognizablein a movie filled with monstrous robots, which helped ground the CGI-heavy blockbuster into something more human.

And however Transformers is the flashy title, Swarm is the main event. A twisted take on the fandom of a certain queen bee, the seven-episode horror comedy stars Fishback as a particularly unhinged fan who will go to great lengths to defend her favorite performer. The series itself (created by Janine Nabers and Donald Glover) has received near-universal acclaim, and critics and audiences alike can’t take their eyes off Fishback’s stellar performance. It is a “spectacular showcasefor the actress, adding an “off-kilter physicality” to the role that gives her character the same vibe as others notorious cinematic psychos, from Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman to Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. Fishback has been”one of entertainment’s most reliable and overlooked actressesBut that will probably change this year.

Who to watch: Dominique Fishback, star of 'Swarm' and 'Transformers'

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