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Treme's Khandi Alexander: New Orleans Is in Her Character's Blood and Bones


When Treme co-creator David Simon approached Khandi Alexander for his new HBO drama, she didn't even have to read the script.


"I said, 'It doesn't even matter what it is, I'm in," Alexander tells us. "It was just the opportunity to work with David again. To be in the company of someone you feel so comfortable with creatively and personally, there was no second guessing. It was a yes before I read the material."


So Alexander, who played a drug addict in Simon's Emmy-winning HBO miniseries The Corner, was even more thrilled when she saw just what Simon and co-creator Eric Overmyer were up to with their look at post-Katrina New Orleans.


"I felt their particular take from the musicians' point of view was very unique and something I understood well because of my past as a choreographer and dancer," Alexander says. "This was something I really thought to be special. This is a take on New Orleans that I've yet to see."


The 52-year-old actress, whose other TV credits include roles on NewsRadio and CSI: Miami, says she liked getting back into one of Simon's gritty worlds. Her character, bar owner LaDonna Batiste-Williams, is far from the heroin and cocaine addict she played on The Corner, but Ladonna's life has been far from easy.


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