Dawn-Lyen Gardner Biography
Dawn-Lyen Gardner is an American actress. She is best known for her leading role in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar. Born in August.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner Age
Born On August 30, 1982, she is 38 years of age as of 2019.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner Height
She stands at a Height of 5 feet 9 inches.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner Nationality
Her Nationality is American.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner Ethnic Background
She is of mixed racial heritage and has a black father and a Chinese mother.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner Parents
She is of mixed racial heritage and has a black father and a Chinese mother. After graduating from Los Angeles County High School for the arts in 1999, Gardner later moved to New York City and attended Juilliard School with actress Rutina Wesley who she would later go on to work within the TV show Queen Sugar. Gardner graduated from Juilliard in 2003.
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Dawn-Lyen Gardner Fiance
The actress Dawn Lyen-Garden is best known for her show Queen Sugar. She has the leading role in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Queen Sugar. Dawn has also appeared on the several episodes of the Netflix series Luke Cage. More of that with her amazing on-screen performance, she has made a space of her fans heart. As she is quite secretive about her off-camera life, her fans and followers are more eager to know about her personal life. Is she engaged to someone or is single? In one of the interview, Dwan talked about the female empowerment in Hollywood. What did she say? Scroll down below to find out the answer.
Though being in the media and the spot-light Dawn has never openly spoken up about her personal life. it seems she likes to keep her personal life far from the spotlight and camera. Moreover, on her social media account, she describes Queen Sugar as her family. She has not updated any relationship status to date. Neither she has described herself as married or engaged.
Though it is known The Los Angeles native has developed a close friendship with American film producer, Mike Jackson in the recent times. The buddies are often spotted attending different social events together.
Recently in January 2018, the duo attended the HEAVEN event hosted by The Art Of Elysium where the famous singer John Legend was honored. Dawn even shared a picture of the two attending the event.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner Career
She began her acting career at an early age. Initially, she had a recurring role on ‘Viper’ and guest starred on ‘ER’. During her time in Julliard, she appeared on several stage productions like ‘ For Colored Girls’, ‘The School of Night’ and ‘The Seagull’. Additionally, she also worked as voice actress playing Steela Gerrera in the ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’.
Her most important role came after she was cast as a lead character alongside Rutina Wesley in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, ‘Queen Sugar’ created and produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey. All in all, she has 20 credits as an actress for her appearances in movies and television series. Some of the movies and television series that she has been part of include ‘The Dunning Man’, ‘Luke Cage’, ‘Unforgettable’, ‘Castle’, ‘Heroes’ and others.
Dawn garnered the Black Reel Awards for Television nomination in the category of Outstanding Actress, Drama Series for her performance in ‘Queen Sugar’ in 2017. She has not revealed her current salary. Furthermore, there is no detailed information relating to her net worth at present.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner On The Real
It’s the hot-button topic right now: interracial dating and love. Donald Glover faced criticism around the topic after the release of his viral hit, “This Is America.” The video screamed blackness and reminded everyone that all of the art Glover’s been providing lately is also saturated with black culture. So when images of his white baby mama made their way around the internet, folks began questioning the making of black art by black men whose partners aren’t black (namely white).
I even offered commentary around the topic. For the record, I am a strong believer in “love is love,” but I am curious about someone who is pro-black choosing someone who isn’t.
When we left off the last season of Queen Sugar, we saw that Calvin, a white police officer, had come back into Nova’s (Rutina Wesley) life. In the show, Nova is a journalist and activist who mainly focuses on black lives in her New Orleans community. But her love life is often a sordid tale of love lost.
In the final episode of season 2, Nova told Calvin that she can’t be her full self with him. Why? He’s a white cop. She’s a black activist. It’s like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet with these two star-crossed lovers.
During a press conference for Queen Sugar with the actors who play the Bordelon siblings, Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Charley), Rutina Wesley (Nova) and Kofi Siriboe (Ralph Angel), black journalists gathered around a conference table and asked the beautiful actors about the show. One of the biggest questions of the hour was: As a black person, can you date and/or marry someone nonblack and still uphold pro-blackness? Their answers were quite interesting.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner In Luke Cage
Lyen Gardner portrayed Megan McLaren in the Luke Cage episodes Moment of Truth, Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?, Manifest and DWYCK. Luke Cage Marvel’s Luke Cage, or simply Luke Cage, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and is the third in a series of shows that lead to The Defenders crossover miniseries. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Coker serving as showrunner.
Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage, a former convict with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin who now fights crime and corruption. Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard also star, with Mahershala Ali and Erik LaRay Harvey joining them for season one, and Mustafa Shakir and Gabrielle Dennis joining for season two. Development of the series began in late 2013. In December 2014, Colter was cast as Cage, to appear first in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, with Coker hired as the showrunner in March 2015. The series is filmed in New York City, looking to replicate the unique culture and atmosphere of Harlem.
All episodes of the first season premiered on September 30, 2016. They were met with positive reviews. In December 2016, Netflix renewed Luke Cage for a second season, which was released on June 22, 2018. Following creative differences between Netflix and the series’ writers during the development of a third season, Netflix canceled the series on October 19, 2018.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner Interview
I talked with Dawn-Lyen about Charley’s growth as a woman and mother. We also talked about Charley and Nova’s strained relationship — and how this memoir isn’t helping to mend it.
I am so happy that Queen Sugar is back! As a fan who has tweeted almost every episode, I said to myself, “Lord, if Queen Sugar ends with the wedding in Season 3, I’m falling out!”
Thank you so much! We wouldn’t do that to you and all the fans. [Laughs.]
We appreciate it! Last season, Charley felt that she let her father down. Can you speak on what’s going on with Charley this season?
In Season 3, Charley’s arc was in a sense moving from revenge to justice, and the end of the season was sort of bittersweet for her. She was not able to take down the Landry family completely, which was her goal for the full season, to take down the family from the inside. I think there was a feeling of disappointment and failure at not completing that initial goal. However, she did stop the prison from being built and successfully got the mill back, and there was great triumph in that. It was a shift in her success being about the community, not just herself. So at the top of Season 4, she’s really in a new space in her life. Charley’s coming into her own as a woman, she’s open to new relationships. She’s happier, freer. And then Nova’s book hits.
Yeah, that book! I watched the Season 4 trailer, and no one is happy about it.
Definitely. Nova’s memoir will expose all the drama from Seasons 1 – 3, and it spills right into the fourth season.
Let’s jump right in about that memoir. How will this affect Nova and Charley’s relationship? Personally, I’m waiting for a moment when one slaps the other or a physical fight. Will this enhance the friction that’s already between them?
What Nova is doing is a profound betrayal. It’s not just telling the family secrets. It’s exposing what Charley’s gone through from the beginning. It is beyond personal. It hits Charley hard that her sister did this. It is a profound crossing of lines, and that is what the writers behind Queen Sugar were aiming for. The writers are testing the boundaries of love, trust, loyalty, and family. Nova and Charley are two strong Black women. They use their powers and strengths differently. They’ve been through bouts of betrayal in the past. Nova’s book about the family is a betrayal on another level. The question is, is it possible to come back from such betrayal? Can they come back from this hurt?
Let’s talk about Charley’s relationship with her son, Micah. After his horrific experience with a police officer, he became an activist. He organized a rally to protest plans to build a correctional facility in the center of St. Josephine Parrish. In the beginning of the rally, Micah mumbled his speech, resulting in Charley stepping in. Micah gained confidence and shared his story. Will Charley and Micah’s relationship improve?
You have to remember that Charley is not the same person. She stepped in and spoke to the audience, but she also told Micah, “This is you.” She is proud of her son. Part of her journey with Micah is that she comes into her own and steps back from controlling Micah’s thoughts and actions. This is one of my favorite moments. Charley has always been in control, and now she is letting go. Micah steps into what he needs to do in order to become his own man — how he wears his hair, the decisions he’ll make. Charley has to trust him. It’s not easy for her, but she knows she has to.
What can you tell me about Romero’s place in Charley’s life?
Romero is an outsider. He wasn’t there when all of the drama happened over the seasons. He is not in the family. He knows nothing about what Charley’s been going through. He wants to get to know Charley. Romero is a freer space without burdens. Charley is opened to the possibilities with Romero and is willing to find out what will happen between them. You will have to watch to find out what direction their relationship goes.
I appreciate you taking time out to talk. I’ve read the book, Queen Sugar, and the show does the book justice.
I’m a fan of the book, too. I appreciate you for saying that. It means a lot.
You can watch new episodes of Queen Sugar every Wednesday night on OWN.
Queen Sugar is produced for OWN by Forward Movement and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Garnes, and Anthony Sparks are the executive producers. The series Queen Sugar is based on the novel by Natalie Baszile.