American actress Sonja Sohn has appeared in The Good Wife, Brothers & Sisters, Cold Case, Samuel L. Jackson’s Shaft and currently stars in ABC’s drama series Body of Proof. However, it was her portrayal of Detective Shakima “Kima” Greggs in HBO’s astounding crime epic The Wire that put her in the spotlight.
Having worked for five years on the programme, Sohn decided to stay on in Baltimore, where the show was set, after the final episode of the cult classic was filmed. Choosing to focus on the struggles and needs of the city’s underprivileged citizens, Sohn has since co-founded the nonprofit organisation ReWired for Change.
Speaking about the organisation with Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air, Sohn explained:
“I realized that what was happening was that I was working in neighborhoods that were very reminiscent of the neighborhoods that I grew up in. I was seeing people that reminded me of the people I grew up with. I was essentially, on some level, experiencing a retraumatization. And my brain was just short-circuiting all over the place.”
The actress also details her relationship and history with the police, her past use and involvement with drugs and the tragic loss of her brother.
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