Janeshia Adams-Ginyard Is The First African American Woman To Receive An Emmy Nomination For Outstanding Stunt Performance In “Lovecraft Country”


It was an exciting and historical moment when Janeshia Adams-Ginyard heard the news about her nomination. And as she stated in her interview it was a wonderful surprise for her especially since Lovecraft Country is one of the best shows she has ever worked on.

This is the first year that the Academy has created an award for OUTSTANDING STUNT PERFORMANCE, and although there are other women nominated as part of a team, JANESHIA is the only woman to receive an EMMY nomination as an individual, in a field that has been traditionally dominated by men.

We had a chance to chat with Janeshia about her nomination and her career journey. All her hard work paid off to be recognized for her work in an industry that is predominately male but things are slowly changing as more women are stepping into the exciting and challenging world of stunt performers.

Janeshia In Full Armor/Lovecraft Country
Janeshia shows her skill set on Lovecraft Country.

About Janeshia

JANESHIA ADAMS-GINYARD is an award-winning stunt woman, actress, wrestler, writer, and motivational speaker. Born on Valentine’s Day and raised in Southern California, Janeshia graduated from Gahr High School in Cerritos and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. As a student-athlete for most of her life, Janeshia used her foundation in athletics to transition into the Hollywood entertainment industry. A member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), she is an established and extremely talented actress and stuntwoman, making a name for herself through her unparalleled dedication and skills. Janeshia is fluent in American Sign Language and trained in Taekwondo. 

She has had major roles in commercial, television, and film projects, and has worked alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest superstars. Janeshia executed two separate roles in the Marvel Studios feature film Black Panther. She was also Nomble, one of the eight main Dora Milaje (the women who served as Black Panther’s personal bodyguards) and the stunt double for lead actress, Danai Gurira’s character Okoye. She was also featured in the Lexus “Long Live the King” Black Panther Superbowl commercial. Janeshia reprised her role as stunt double for Danai in Marvel’s last two Avengers installments, Infinity War as well as Endgame. In addition to several upcoming projects, Janeshia plays the role of Officer Conn on the ABC Studios Greys Anatomy spinoff, Station 19.

Janeshia is highly enthusiastic about serving God, doing ministry, and helping the community. Very active in her faith and with her church congregation, she founded Hyphy 4 Christ, Inc., an entertainment organization dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and motivating through faith-based content.

Janeshia’s 11-year journey in the stunt world was accomplished with hard work, dedication, and strong faith. As she stated in her interview “It’s ok to say no, it’s ok to stand on your ground and it’s ok to stand on your morals.

NOMINATED FOR EIGHTEEN 2021 EMMYS/Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett/Courtesy HBO

Based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across the 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.


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