How to Get Away With Murder fans may be seeing a familiar face on tonight’s winter premiere. This evening, we’ll meet Annalise’s two new cellmates, one of whom is played by actress L. Scott Caldwell. Who is the actress, and where do we know her from? What other projects is Caldwell working on these days?
Read on to find out.
1. She Will Play Annalise Keating’s Cellmate This Season on HTGAWM
Little is known about Caldwell’s character on HTGAWM this season– in fact, the role has not yet been added to the actresses’s IMDB page. Caldwell will be appearing in Season 3 as one of the other two inmates stuck in a cell with Annalise.
After an already-dead Wes was trapped in the house fire, Annalise was dragged off to prison, and we’ll be seeing a lot of Viola Davis in a jumpsuit from here on out. We’re not yet sure if Annalise’s new pals will be her friends or foes– in fact, we’re extremely uncertain of how Annalise will handle prison at all– but based on what executive producer Pete Nowalk says, it’s not looking too good. He tells EW, “She’s going to have to deal with these women, like sharing a toilet in the open. It’s not good.”
Earlier this week, Nowalk admitted that he was nervous to move the show’s storyline to prison, in light of the success of Orange Is the New Black.
“Honestly, when I realized we had arrested Annalise in episode 2, I was like, ‘Wait a second, that means we’re going to have to see her in jail! That terrifies me, because who could make prison more interesting than Orange Is the New Black? I feel like we found our way to do it where it’s awesome. Also, we had to put Viola Davis in a box and watch what she would do. That was such a good writing exercise. She’s in a jumpsuit. I’m going to say — spoiler alert — it’s burgundy. We’re just a little different.”
2. She’s Best Known for Playing Rose on ‘Lost’
Caldwell is most widely known for playing the sweet role of Rose Nadler on Lost from 2004 to 2010. Nadler was on the middle section of the plane when it went down, and was separated from her husband Bernard for 48 days after the crash.
In a spoilers post for the upcoming season of How to Get Away with Murder, BuddyTV recently said, “Actress L. Scott Caldwell appears and while most may recognize her as the sweet and kind Rose from Lost, her appearance of HTGAWM is much more reminiscent of Orange Is the New Black.”
Caldwell was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Northwestern University for one year before leaving to work full-time as an operator at Illinois Bell. She later transferred to Loyola University-Chicago where she received her bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and Communications.
Caldwell married artist Dasal Banks in 2004. In 2005, he passed away from cancer. She has one son from a previous relationship named Ominara.
3. She Has Won a Number of Awards for Her Work
Caldwell’s work has been recognized with a number of impressive awards, including a Tony she received in 1988 for Featured Actress in a Play for her role in Joe Turner’s Come & Gone. In 1990 and 1997, the actress received a Drama-Logue Award for her work in From The Mississippi Delta and Proposals followed by an Obie Award in 2005 for her role in Going to St. Ives.
Most recently, Caldwell has been awarded with a LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance and Ensemble Performance for A Raisin in the Sun, in which she played Lena Younger. The show ran at the Ebony Repertory Theater and was directed by Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show for eight years.
4. She Stars in ‘Mercy Street’
These days, Caldwell appears as a series regular in the six-part PBS Civil War drama, Mercy Street. She plays Belinda in the series, a recently freed former slave who serves the Green family at their home in Alexandra, Virginia.
After being cast, Caldwell told the Chicago Sun Times she was very happy the production was made up of veteran theater actors. “I think we had something like five people in the cast who have Tony Awards” Caldwell later added on, “Theater actors work in a different way than someone who is just a screen actor… who have worked their way up by putting their feet on the boards. It’s just a different approach to our craft.”
Mercy Street‘s second season premiered earlier this week, on January 22, and can be watched every Sunday night at 8pm ET/PT on PBS.
5. She Played Mrs. Waters in ‘Concussion’ With Will Smith
In 2015, Caldwell played the role of Mrs. Waters in Concussion with Will Smith. The film chronicles the life of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who fights to make it clear to the NFL that their players are suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) brain degeneration. The film received mixed reviews from critics (it currently has a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes) and also stars Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Albert Brooks.
Other notable film roles for actress L. Scott Caldwell include The Perfect Guy, Division 19, The Lamp, Lisa Trotter, and Like Dandelion Dust.