Anika Noni Rose is a triple threat in every sense of the word: she can perform, sing and dance on TV, in movies and on stage. She’s probably best known for her award-winning career in musicals – she even received a Tony Award! – but she did a lot, a lot more than that. With his latest film, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Hitting Netflix in time for the holiday season is a great time to look back on some of the highlights of his career.
Rose began her career in theater, winning a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in 2004 for Caroline or change. Around the same time, she landed a film role in the infamous American Idol-brand movie From Justin to Kelly. It was in 2006, however, that she finally got a big hiatus: starring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson in the film adaptation of Dream girls, where she played Lorrell Robinson, the “third” member of the title girl group.
Of course, Rose is best known for being a true Disney Princess: she is the voice of Tiana in The princess and the Frog – and, unlike some other Disney Princesses, she’s both the character’s speaking and singing voice. Two years after the film’s release in 2009, Rose was officially named a Disney Legend, alongside Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Lea Salonga (singing voice of Jasmine and Mulan) and Linda Larkin ( voice speaking of Jasmin).
Rose has also worked extensively on television. She starred as politician and lawyer Wendi Scott-Carr on The good woman for several seasons, then appeared in the Stephen King miniseries adaptation Bag of bones. In 2016, she played the adult version of Kizzy Waller in the remake of Roots, then chained up with a recurring guest role in crime drama Starz Power and a leading role as Dr Eva Fletcher in BET’s The Quad from 2017 to 2018. Most recently she played a Mother With A Big Secret in the movie Absolutely everything and had a guest role in Small fires everywhere. Rose has been one of the most trusted and active actresses in the business for years, and we can’t wait to see what comes next! Take a look at some of his best roles over the years in the gallery to come.