Self Made: Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer as the trailblazing African American haircare entrepreneur.
Netflix has released the first full-length trailer for its upcoming series based on the Madam C.J. Walker, the pioneering African American haircare entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire.
The trailer features our first look at Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer as the titular businesswoman, and charts her inspiring path to success as she works to overcome a variety of personal, social and cultural obstacles and biases.
Check out the trailer below, followed by the official synopsis for the series!
Inspired by the book, On Her Own Ground written by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, the Netflix original series, Self Made: Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker brings the uplifting story of this cultural icon to the screen for the first time. Against all odds, Walker overcame post-slavery racial and gender biases, personal betrayals, and business rivalries to build a ground-breaking brand that revolutionized black haircare, as she simultaneously fought for social change.
The four-part limited series also stars Blair Underwood as her husband C.J. Walker, Tiffany Haddish as her daughter Leila, Carmen Ejogo as Walker’s business rival Addie Monroe, Garrett Morris as Walker’s father-in-law, Kevin Carroll as her longtime lawyer Ransom and Bill Bellamy as Ransom’s cousin Sweetness.
Self Made: Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker was created by Nicole Jefferson Asher with co-showrunners Elle Johnson and Janine Sherman Barrois, directed by Kasi Lemmons (who recently directed Harriet) and DeMane Davis (of Queen Sugar fame), and executive produced by LeBron James and Octavia Spencer, along with Barrois, Johnson, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson, Eric Oberland, Christine Holder, Mark Holder, and Kasi Lemmons.
All four parts of Self Made: Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker will be released on Netflix on March 20.