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Louis C.K. On Why He Cast A Black Actress To Be The Mother Of His White Kids In ‘Louie;’ But Who Is She?

Louis C.K. On Why He Cast A Black Actress To Be The Mother Of His White Kids In 'Louie;' But Who Is She?

UPDATE 4:30PM: First, in response to my question below about who the actress is, Alison Willmore over at the mothership (indieWIRE) got the answer. The actress’ name is Susan Kelechi Watson (photo with C.K. above). Not familiar? Neither was I, so I looked up her IMDB profile and saw that she’s done a lot of TV, with parts in shows like The Good Wife, NCIS, Private Practice, and others. She’s also done some work in film (she was in Jerry LaMothe’s Blackout in 2007).

Secondly, in Alison’s piece, C.K. talked specifically about Watson’s casting and the fact that she’s black, stating:

To me, the racial thing is like — when people probably first see her, their brains do a little bit of DNA map and go “I’m not sure I get how that would happen,” and then I think with my show most people, they go “Oh, all right, just go ahead.” And then they watch the scene. The thing that’s important is what’s getting said. I think that her performances are really compelling and I like what that character brings out in the stories and in me on the show. To me that trumped whatever… logistical notion. 

He says much more that I think is worth reading, so click over HERE to check out the rest of the piece.

My original post from earlier today follows below:

With what will likely be a comment/joke that stirs up some controversy, aside… What’s really funny about this video revelation is that no one seems to know who the actress is that was cast in the part. I first heard the news via Huffington Post, where I also saw the clip; but within their article, there’s no mention of who the actress is. 

So I searched the web, and saw that several other sites had picked up on HuffPo’s story, but none of them had the answer to that question, nor did they even seem to wonder, because no one asked. 

I checked the show’s Facebook page, Twitter, FX’s website, sent a message on Facebook and on Twitter (no replies yet), but nothing about who this black actress is. 

Nothing on IMDB or IMDBPro either. 

Bizarre, right?

So as of right now, I guess her name is “Black Actress.

So I’m now wondering if she’s supposed to be a secret until tomorrow night’s season 3 debut – Thursday at 10:30PM ET on FX.

If anybody knows who the mystery black actress is, spill!

In the meantime… watch the clip below.

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I thought she was fabulous, and such a treat to the show, Im so happy he added some new energy overall, regardless….and she is a very good actress…

the black police

So did anyone watch the show after all this uproar. I mean its Monday and theres been no talk back or reference post of any sort…


First you have the "Northrop" slave story Nigerian-American woman as the star. Now you have the Jamaica-American woman with Louis CK. It seems from Louis' comment about Black women, he is referring to a specific character which is the "native" Black American woman. Our character and those of our Caribbean and African sisters are different.

White people tend to just grab a Black face and start attribute the American Slave history to it, no matter where that Black person is from, or that person's culture.

Let's hope that these women will make us proud as another Caribbean (Ceicly Tyson). Let's hope they do not try to act like us based on the sterotypes our society has protrayed us to the world as. In other words, no Cooning, no Mammy, no Sapphire. I think Louis CK may be looking for the Sapphire type.


is this woman even black or biracial if she is biracial then of coure she could have kids that look white this is such a non story smh…..

Kid chaos

All black actress should just do white men shows the only way they can be famous and work.


I understand why he's cast a black actress…to get me to watch the show. Now, I must see it.

the black police

Y'all are not serious. The woman has an official website: You could have found a good pic of her there…


I commend the guy for thinking outside of the box. Susan is a beast of an actress. It's about time she got a break that everyone will notice. I'm not sure why it's such a big deal that no one knows who she is. There are a lot of talented black actors and actresses who go unnoticed because they never get the opportunity due to the industries scarcity of storytelling and roles that would include black actors. In contrast, a new crop of white performers are "discovered" every year. This problem is not just white hollywood's failure to recognize new black talent. It is equally the fault of black hollywood. Black producers and directors rarely gives black actors a break until white producers and directors have done it first. No one can call what this man said stereotypical until you see the execution of the idea. And I happen to know that this actress has the intelligence to execute the idea with wit, tact and grace. I'm sure that's why she was chosen.


This is brilliant, I wish more people would do this. He doesn't even need to explain it, come up with your own reasons, maybe they're adopted, maybe they're from a previous marriage… etc… Who cares! Good work.

Adam Scott Thompson

The man makes me laugh… HARD… REPEATEDLY.


Apparently, if reports are to be believed, her name is Susan Kelechi Watson. There is a still of her from the series Private Practice posted on the Internet. In a twist of personal irony, while looking up her bio information, I discovered that she is a child of Jamaican parents (both). She has extensive dance training and was handpicked by Phylicia Rashad to study Shakespeare at a London theatre. All I know for now. She is also an alum of Howard University, like Rashad.


FYI FOLKS – the post has been updated. Look up ^^^

i dont know if we can angry at this one...

jeez. lay off. he did something good. me thinks. too much over analyzing. enjoy the show. phewf, another black woman is working.


Love Louis C.K., think his show is brilliant, consider him very enlightened on various subjects, including race. My only reservation about his wife being black is related to continuity. I'm pretty sure in the episode in which he fantasized about/was trying to hook up with a black cashier, that they'd indicated he'd never been with a black woman before. But whatever; excited about the premiere regardless.


Mark, by the way, Victoria Rowell is not black. She's mixed, mulatto, biracial so it makes sense that her daughter by a white man (and/or other than a black man) would not look black, afterall that daughter is 3/4 not black. This one-drop theory is quite racist. Please drop it. I have because I reject racism in all its forms and permutations.


It's certainly possible for a 'black' woman to have white looking children if that 'black' woman has some white ancestry and the children's father also has white ancestry. Look at Victoria Rowell and her daughter Maya ( or Garcelle Beauvais and her sons or Eartha Kitt and her daughter.

Of course, on "Louie," we don't know if the mother is the biological mother.


Love Louis C.K.! One of the best shows on cable.

the black police

"…When a black woman tells you to get a job…" What the fuck is that supposed to mean?

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