Kristen Ariza is getting confirmed…
The part-Hispanic actress has been added to the cast of HBO Films’ Confirmation, starring Kerry Washington.
Ariza joins Kimberly Elise and Malcolm Gets in the film, which details the Supreme Court hearings for Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) that were rocked by testimony by Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill (Washington).
The hearings brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims’ rights and modern race relations.
Ariza will play Judy Smith, the White House press liaison.
Interestingly, it’s a reunion of sorts for Washington and the Smith character. Smith is the founder, CEO and president of the crisis-management firm Smith & Co., the inspiration behind Washington’s ABC drama series Scandal. Smith was Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush and reportedly was instrumental in guiding his administration through the controversies surrounding the Thomas nomination.
Ariza’s credits include appearances on Parks and Recreation, Scorpion and Castle.