Sanaa Lathan Joins 'The Affair'

The 'Shots Fired' actress boards the Showtime drama in its fourth season.
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Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa Lathan has joined the cast of Showtime's The Affair.

The Shots Fired actress will recur on the Golden Globe-winning drama as Jenelle, a tough-as-nails principal of the charter school where Noah (Dominic West) teaches. She intrigues him, though she’s got a lot to prove to her school's oppositional administration and faculty, who seem to fight her at every turn. The Affair is currently in production on its fourth season in New York and Los Angeles.

From creators Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, The Affair stars West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson, and explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, along with the crime that brings these individuals back together. The upcoming season finds each of the main characters in their own orbits, spinning further and further away from where they all began. Every character is involved in a new relationship, forcing them to decide if they’re ready and willing to leave the past behind for good.

Lathan has starred in feature films including American Assassin, Alien vs. Predator, Contagion and Now You See Me 2. She was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for her lead role in Love and Basketball, and also received a Tony nomination for her Broadway performance in A Raisin in the Sun. She later reprised the role for television, where she has also performed in series that include Boss, Nip/Tuck, The Cleveland Show and Family Guy.

Lathan is repped by ICM Partners.

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