With an award-worthy and captivating lead role performance in the Denzel Washington-directed film A Journal for Jordan (Christmas 2021), the Detroit native Chanté Adams is poised to be Hollywood’s most talked-about star.
In 2020, Adams gave an “extraordinarily fresh performance” (Variety) and was the “best performance in the film” (The Hollywood Reporter) for her captivating portrayal of Christina in Universal’s The Photograph. Her ascension into Hollywood’s A-list actress club started in 2017 when Adams was the recipient of the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Performance at that year’s Sundance Film Festival. She received that honor for her powerful depiction of 80’s hip-hop pioneer Roxanne Shante in Netflix’s Roxanne, Roxanne.
In 2018, Adams starred opposite John David Washington in the feature film Monsters and Men and was also seen in Justin Simien’s Bad Hair. That year, Vanity Fair also included her as one of nine “Stars to Watch” in their September Issue. She is currently in production on the highly anticipated Amazon series A League of Their Own, a re-imagining of the original 1992 film. On stage, Chanté starred in Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s adaptation of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Two River Theatre in 2016.
In her adolescent years, she attended Cass Technical High School in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, and graduated with honors. Adams began acting as a freshman after auditioning for a role in a student-directed show because one of her friends was auditioning. She went to Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in drama. She traveled to New York shortly after graduating to seek a career as an actress. Furthermore, Adams’s parents have backed Detroit PAL, which has helped her pursue her dream of being an actress.
“Just because you start accomplishing your goals doesn’t mean you stop reaching. Keep striving, keep believing, keep dreaming, in fact- dream bigger!,” said Adams in a Broadway World interview.