Gloria Reuben is a Golden Globe and multiple Emmy Award-nominated actress, singer, published author and president of the global environmental organization Waterkeeper Alliance.
Reuben will next be seen in Showtime’s anthology limited series “The First Lady,” in which she plays Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama, and a close friend of Michelle Obama. She is part of a female led all-star cast that includes Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson. Susanne Bier directs.
Reuben’s upcoming film credits include Firestarter, the Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Weed Road Productions adaptation of Stephen King’s classic sci-fi thriller novel of the same name. She stars alongside Zac Efron and Michael Greyeyes for director Keith Thomas.
Reuben’s acting credits include portraying HIV+ physician assistant Jeanie Boulet on the hit series “ER” (a role that garnered her four SAG Award wins as part of the Best Ensemble/Drama). She most recently recurred on Showtime’s “City on a Hill” and prior to that on the hit USA Network series “Mr. Robot”. Other television credits include “Raising the Bar,” “Falling Skies” and “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.” In film, Reuben portrayed Elizabeth Keckley alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, appeared with Paul Rudd and Tina Fey in Paul Weitz’s Admission, and starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Reasonable Doubt. Her portrayal of Condoleezza Rice in David Hare’s play Stuff Happens at the Public Theater in NYC garnered her a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play.
Reuben’s career in music includes being a backup singer for Tina Turner in 2000, which led her to record her solo record, Just for You. She released her first jazz album, Perchance to Dream, in 2015 on the iconic MCG Jazz label. Her second album on MCG Jazz, For All We Know, was released on Valentine’s Day 2020 to rave reviews.
Reuben’s non-fiction book, My Brothers’ Keeper: Two Brothers. Loved. And Lost. (an intimate tribute to her two brothers who have passed away) was published by Post Hill Press in November 2019. She is currently writing her second non-fiction book.
In November 2020, Reuben was elected president of the global clean water nonprofit Waterkeeper Alliance. She has also worked with former Vice President Al Gore’s nonprofit Climate Reality Project and the National Wildlife Federation.