Patina Miller (Raq) shares details of the upcoming Power Book 3: Raising Kanan Finale.

Welcome, and thank you for tuning in to the Scene 2 Seen Podcast. Hello, my name is Valerie Complex and I work as an associate editor and film writer at Deadline. 

Today, I have the pleasure of chatting with Patina Miller, the star of Power Book III: Raising Kanan. Miller is a highly skilled actor who has made a name for themselves in film, television, and musical theatre. They currently play the character Raquel "Raq" Thomas on the Starz original series, which is approaching the end of its third season.

The third show in the Power Universe is Raising Kanan. This story revolves around a young Kanan Stark, portrayed by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's character from the initial series. It delves into his involvement in his family's expanding and perilous drug enterprise. The setting is in Queens, New York, specifically during the 1990's.

Raq is Kanan's mother. When interacting with Kanan, she may appear warm and caring. However, out in the streets, she exudes a strong and resilient demeanour, confidently manoeuvring through a world dominated by men. 

Raq's heart is filled with love, and she directs all of her deep affection towards Kanan, who means the world to her. Raq, being the middle sibling among three, takes on the important role of being the main provider for her two brothers, Lou-Lou and Marvin. This adds depth to her character.

Miller has had the pleasure of portraying press coordinator Daisy Grant in the popular CBS drama series Madam Secretary, alongside Tea Leoni, Bebe Neuwirth, and Tim Daly. 

In addition, she had a role as Charlotte Jenkins on the PBS Civil War-era drama Mercy Street, appearing alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Josh Radnor. This show was PBS' first original drama in over ten years. In addition, Miller had the honour of being the narrator in Jim Henson's delightful animated children's series Word Party.

In 2021, Miller had the opportunity to showcase his talent in The Many Saints of Newark, a highly anticipated feature film prequel to David Chase's critically acclaimed series The Sopranos. Her feature film debut was in Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, alongside a talented cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The first installment of the renowned trilogy's conclusion was released in November 2014. Miller also returned to her role in the last film of the series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, which came out in November 2015.

Last summer, Patina had the pleasure of making her highly anticipated Broadway return in the critically acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1987 musical, Into The Woods.

 Miller received incredibly positive feedback for her performance as the Witch in a 2019 production of the musical at the Hollywood Bowl. It was a delightful surprise to see her return to the Broadway stage after an 8-year absence. Her last appearance was in 2013 when she received a well-deserved Tony Award for her outstanding performance in the musical Pippin. 

On today's episode, Patina Miller and I have a delightful conversation about her diverse experiences in film, television, and theatre. We also touch upon the topic of resilience and how to navigate rejection.

 Lastly, we give a sneak peek into what viewers can expect from the highly anticipated finale of Power Book III: Raising Kanan.


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