Kirby Howell-Baptiste Brings Joy to Even the Most Serious Projects, From 'The Sandman' to 'Killing Eve'

Kirby Howell-Baptiste Brings Joy to Even the Most Serious Projects, From 'The Sandman' to 'Killing E ...

Kirby Howell-Baptiste is best known for her work in television comedy roles such as Hacks, Barry, and The Good Place. These signature qualities are often carried over to more serious roles such as those in Killing Eve, Why Women Kill, Veronica Mars, and most recently The Sandman.

Elena and Kirby Howell-Baptiste ground the madness of killing Eve.

Elena Felton, played by Howell-Baptiste, is a well-known and well-known spy thriller from 2018. She plays Eve's sister, Eve's sister, and she's always a joy to observe.

Elena's greatest moments comes when she finds herself being chased by assassins and excuses herself by stating her intentions to go home, drink, and "cry-hump" her ex until she has forgotten everything about her horrific day. Then, because she never misses an opportunity to express herself to her boss (and her hero), she thanks her boss for an, "amazing day."

Kirby Howell-Baptiste Plays a Charming Badass in Why Women Kill

Why Women Kill is a crime-drama series starring Marc Cherry. Beth Ann Stanton (Ginnifer Goodwin) lives there in 1963, Simone Grove (Lucy Liu) in 1984, and Taylor Harding (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) in 2019. It's one of the greatest character introductions that has ever been made. She takes on a dangerous job as a badass, no-prisoners kind of woman.

Taylor's husband (Reid Scott) replies that the remodel is "tough to explain" in a condescending tone, while calling her sweetheart and asking her to relax. He then taunts her with his lawyer's speech, stoking his misogyny and unearned confidence in a quick move.

In 2019, breadwinners, pants-wearing, bisexual women are not uncommon. Those characteristics of modern women are often unflattering, and dislikable caricatures. Taylor might have easily been a two-dimensional, stereotypical character, especially when juxtaposed with a mute 60s housewife. However, she is also a strong woman who loves deeply and is willing to be vulnerable.

The Veronica Mars Character in Howell-Baptiste Is Impossible to Root Against

Season 4 of Veronica Mars was released in 2019, twelve years after the original television show was released, and five years after the film was released. Nicole is introduced to audiences as a badass woman who is willing to stand up for herself against bureaucracy and poorly behaved drunks in equal measure. They go to an abandoned construction site to shoot Veronica's rifle, and Nicole discloses to Veronica that she was assaulted.

Nicole is only shown shooting once, but she does joke about having an Uzi, and she is well-known for using weighted knuckle gloves for punching cretins in her bar. Unfortunately, Howell-Baptiste has made her incredibly relatable and difficult to root against, even if she is a potential mass murderer.

Howell-Baptiste Is a Compassionate Sister as Death in the Sandman

In The Sandman Episode 6, "The Sound of Her Wings," Howell-Baptiste plays the eternal Death, which is complex and enjoyable to observe. Yet, she has such a powerful life force that all of the actors who enter her orbit, from a man selling fruit to people playing soccer in the park, are drawn to her energy.

She does a fantastic job of balancing the roles of Death and Dream's sister, while still remaining uninteresting. As Death takes him on a journey to understand their family's purpose and function as eternals, she also shows audiences a day in her life.

Kirby Howell-Baptiste's real strength lies in her ability to pick the right roles, and that a lot of credit should be given to the writers who created these roles, which, when considered critically, shows only that she is drawn to well-written women who are willing and able to stand up for themselves in a world that otherwise would confine them into little boxes. Whether it is her strength, her joy, or her razor-sharp sarcasm, her nuanced portrayals of