Co-starred in Rodrigo García's independent feature "Mother and Child"
Played an interracial couple (with Patrick Wilson) being harassed by a racist cop in Neil LaBute's "Lakeview Terrace"
Again played a supporting role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the "Human Stain"
Made her Broadway debut in David Mamet's "Race"
Appeared in the film "Our Song"
Had a supporting role in the Marvel Comics feature "Fantastic Four"
Played an accomplished shoplifter in the indie feature "Lift"
Reprised role for the superhero sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"
Appeared in a supporting role opposite Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Doug Liman's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"
Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls"
Reteamed with Anthony Mackie in drama "Night Catches Us"
Joined an ensemble cast including Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle and Kevin Spacey in "The United States of Leland"
Again directed by Spike Lee in "Miracle at St. Anna"
Appeared opposite Eddie Murphy in the comedy-drama "A Thousand Words"
Co-starred alongside Craig Robinson in romantic comedy "Peeples"
Starred in TV historical drama "Confirmation"
Her "Scandal" character, Olivia Pope, was featured in a crossover episode of "How to Get Away with Murder"
Played a wife of 1970s Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the historical drama "The Last King of Scotland"
Cast in support of Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock in "Bad Company"
Cast in the PBS educational series "Standard Deviants"
Cast in the recurring role of Chelina Hall, a new associate on the ABC series "Boston Legal"
Cast opposite Anthony Mackie in the Spike Lee comedy "She Hate Me"
Landed major supporting role in romantic drama "Save the Last Dance"
Portrayed Della Charles opposite Jamie Foxx as the title character in Taylor Hackford's biopic "Ray"
Made her screen debut in the ABC telefilm "Magical Make-Over"
Starred as the leader of a crisis management team on ABC's "Scandal"; character was inspired by real-life crisis consultant and former White House Press secretary Judy Smith
Played title character's wife Broomhilda opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
Lent her voice to the character Natalie Certain in Disney/Pixar's "Cars 3"