- Denise Boutte (née Denise Joseph) is a model and actress.
- She is best known for her roles as Trina in Why Did I Get Married? and Mandy in Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill.
- She also played Sasha Brown in the sitcom Meet the Browns.
- Boutte, a Capricorn, was born on January 19, 1982.
Who is Denise Boutte?
Denise Boutte (née Denise Joseph) is a model and actress best known for her roles as Trina in Why Did I Get Married? and Mandy in Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill. Denise Boutte also played Sasha Brown in the sitcom Meet the Browns.
Denise Boutte Was Crowned Homecoming Queen
Denise Boutte, a Capricorn, was born on January 19, 1982, in Maurice, Louisiana, near Lafayette, in a town of fewer than 700 people.
She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and as Homecoming Queen.
It took her an hour and fifteen minutes to get to school.
She used to eat sweet potatoes with “nearly every meal” as a child.
Denise grew up Catholic and attended Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
She started at LSU as a Microbiology, Pre-Med major, but later changed her major to Mass Communications with a minor in Marketing, graduating first in her class.
The Southerner is an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. member.
Boutte’s family had a large number of livestock; people frequently mistook her for an Ethiopian.
Denise Boutte’s family had a thriving farm in Vermilion Parish, Southwest Louisiana, with plenty of livestock and acres of soybeans and sugar cane.
Denise Boutte even regards herself as a true Queen Sugar.
Boutte’s father repaired appliances, and her mother cooked for the Head Start program.
Her mother survived breast cancer, which is why she agreed to appear in Her Only Choice.
While working on Meet The Browns, she lost her father.
Boutte used to pick the eggs and help with the feeding as a child.
They grew the majority of the vegetables for the family.
When she moved to California, people frequently asked her if she was Ethiopian, Trinidadian, or Barbadian.
She, on the other hand, has repeatedly declared herself a Creole, though she admits that she did not achieve fluency in the language until she was in her 30s.
Cachet Boutte, the daughter of Betty and the late Nelson Joseph, admits that as a child, all she wanted to do was get off her Louisiana farm and leave.
She is grateful, however, for having spent her childhood in her hometown.
“It’s the foundation of who I am.”
If it hadn’t been for that, I wouldn’t be the same person I am today.”
said the actor-turned-businessman
Denise Boutte aspired to be a doctor
Denise Boutte, who grew up in the small town of Maurice, originally wanted to be a doctor but later decided to pursue a career in Hollywood.
Boutte revealed to Starry Mag that she wanted to attend medical school.
She explained that her ambition grew because it was the only thing her neighbor considered successful.
Boutte changed her major to journalism after taking a couple of communications classes with a friend and talking with a counselor.
Why Did She Resign From Journalism?
The North Vermillion High School graduate revealed to Soap Opera that she chose Journalism as a major after college and interned for a year and a half.
Her first story, however, proved to be the primary reason she would leave the field.
The Southerner stated that she went on her first story because no one else was available to cover it.
It was not what she had anticipated.
A man had just died after colliding with a power line.
The actress from Her Only Choice expressed her aversion to interviewing the man’s child.
Nonetheless, her producers said, ‘Get the story.’ ‘Learn the story.’
She recalled that the child had no idea his father had died.
Shortly after that experience, she informed the network that she was going to finish her internship and would be leaving the next day.
After that, she moved on to advertising, where Denise, a Southern food enthusiast, quickly rose through the ranks, first as an account executive, then as a manager at leading Dallas, Texas-based advertising agencies.
She would look after customers of various brands such as Pampers, Fossil, and Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Denise Boutte’s Path to Acting With just one audition, I was able to land two parts.
Denise met life on set while supervising commercial and photo shoots for her client’s campaigns, and she became fascinated by the endless possibilities of this new world.
Several advertising agencies and several of her clients requested that she appear in front of the camera.
Denise found herself in front of the camera for a variety of print and commercial campaigns after a local talent agent approached her.
Ironically, the client, who was evaluating one of her office’s models, didn’t think she was a good fit for the job.
When he noticed Boutte dealing with executive matters, he asked her boss if she would pose for her.
The Boot State native hesitated at first but eventually agreed.
So, after a chance meeting with a talent manager in Hollywood, the former LSU student decided to pack her belongings and head west.
She had tried out for Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns. Boutte, who had previously appeared on Days Of Our Lives, received a call-back.
Tyler then read with her, shook her hand, and offered her roles in both the series and the film, Why Did I Get Married?
Denise regards it as the happiest moment of her life.
Denise quickly became one of Hollywood’s busiest new faces.
She had guest and recurring appearances on a variety of television shows.
Denise Boutte produces films and television shows; she owns a production company.
In April 2004, the LSU graduate debuted in the play The Tangled Snarl alongside Mary Beth Evans and Arianna Zucker.
The Pasadena, California-based drama’s director was James Reynolds.
Boutte made her film debut in Tyler Perry’s comedy-drama film adaptation of Why Did I Get Married? in 2007.
Then, in 2009, she reunited with Perry and began playing Sasha Brown in his sitcom, Meet The Browns.
Boutte remained on the show until 2011, appearing in over 135 episodes.
She impressed director Perry, who went on to create the character of Sasha Brown, the fun-loving yet convicted voice of reason on the popular and now-syndicated TV show Meet the Browns.
Denise provided her voice for the 2013 Cartoon Network superhero animated television series Young Justice, created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman.
She returned to the show in 2019 and has remained with the network since.
Rocket, aka Lynn Stewart-Pierce, is voiced by Boutte.
In 2017, the former Homecoming Queen starred as Victoria Campbell in Juan Lee’s film Secrets.
Her last film credit was in the 2018 feature, Her Only Choice (director, Christel Gibson) as Tasha.
The film received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Motion Picture Made for Television.
In addition, she also has roles in films like Extreme Movie, Never And Again, Bounce Back, For The Love of Ruth, and recurring credits in IFC’s Stan Against Evil (which AMC canceled after three seasons).
Also, Boutte has multiple films and television concepts in development under her Imagine That Productions, Inc. banner.
Denise’s Acting Influences
When asked who was her acting influences, Denise responded,
“I so admire and respect Mindy Kaling, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, and The Rock for their talent, as well as humanity.
When you see the success in game changers like Black Panther, while it did have recognizable faces, so many “unknowns” stepped into that light, stole the show, and thanks to epic material and chemistry, RAN with that bad boy, months later, still shattering records and making history.”
Accordingly, the actress-turned-chef said she was beyond confident that she would be the next, who people will look at and say “Who’s that girl?”
She finds herself blessed to be part of the “Be the change you want to see” movement, with respect to diversified casts and content on both the big screen and small.
Denise Boutte Cooks And Is The CEO Of A Culinary Business; Has An Online Cooking Show
In addition to an acting career, Denise is the owner of Weeziana Girl, a culinary shop at 8306 Wilshire Blvd St. 1711, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
Her business offers spices/seasonings and recipes for Creole Cuisine.
The raven-haired actress has also co-authored a southern cookbook, Southern Modified, alongside the master chef, Chef Jernard Wells.
Boutte revealed the time when she had just had her child and had nothing else to do was the biggest influence behind her culinary endeavors.
For her cooking was relaxing and served as a source of childhood memories and nostalgic moments from the past.
Also famous is her online cooking show, Denise’s Dish.
Her favorite dish is seafood stuffed catfish and honey.
Boutte Is Married To Kevin
The Young Justice star Denise has been married to Kevin Boutte since 2003.
Her husband grew up near New Iberia, Louisiana. Boutte met Kevin at a Junior Daughters/Junior Knights Catholic teen talent show in Lafayette.
When Denise’s aspirations needed her to move to California, Kevin was working in a hospital in Dallas.
Because of work obligations, her husband came to the Golden State only after six months after his wife’s relocation.
Before that Boutté was living with her manager, a former actress she met in Dallas.
While a blissful family, she rarely posts photos of her personal life but openly shares about her hometown.
The author has made it clear that she is quite private and “that’s by choice.”
She says her family is her refuge, her solace, which she likes having to herself.
Denise And Kevin Boutte Share A Daughter
Has one daughter Jordan. While discussing her motherhood, the chocolate-skinned actress said she prefers to empower her baby girl with positive examples of independence and work ethic.
Boutte explained she wants nothing more than to raise Jordan as a beautifully well-rounded, confident, self-respecting young lady.
She added that she’s been raising her up with a secure sense of self and identity in love-filled surroundings.
Ironically, she had never babysat before the birth of her daughter, Jordan.
Boutte Loves The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*CK
The Cajun currently resides in Los Angeles owing to her hustle.
She, however, is proud of the Southern ethos of hospitality and shooting it straight.
Boutte says LA’s world of fake smiles and empty promises helped her stand out through the film industry.
Her favorite book is Mark Mason’s, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK.
Has She Retired From Acting?
Fans last saw Boutte the culinary queen in AMC’s horror-comedy Stan Against Evil; again as a recurring character.
The studio, however, pulled the plug out after its third season.
Denise considers the cancellation of her show, Stan Against Evil a blessing in disguise.
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Although she admitted she was hurt by the network’s decision, in the hindsight, Boutte explained it gave her a chance to reevaluate herself and find out how she was moving through life and her career.
In an interview with Cachet, Denise implied she is certainly done playing the role of “either stealing your man or stealing your money.”
Boutte, however, assured that she would be there as long as the character intrigues, inspires, and gives her something interesting or even unexpected to “sink my chops” into.
In the meantime, she’s working on her next cookbook whose title, though, is yet to be declared.
The One Thing People Don’t Know About Denise Boutte
Boutte claims she is an introvert contrary to what people think of her.
She has made it clear that unless they’re one of the chosen few who authentically intrigues her, she is totally fine in her own space.
Boutte also admits she loves to go shopping, to movies, to lunches, and rollerblading; all on her own.