Lisa Gay Hamilton says she's tired of being typecast — in chains.
Hamilton, who plays Rebecca Washington on ABC's "The Practice," has appeared as a slave in a lot of theater and television productions: the 1998 movie "Beloved," Showtime's "A House Divided," and the 1999 off-Broadway production "Angelique."
She was again offered the role of a slave in a New York theater production this summer.
"I said, 'Look, I am not Miss Jane Pittman, OK?' " Hamilton told TV Guide. "I can't play every slave woman ever written! I love my people, I love my history. But can we do some contemporary something?"