Though viewers weren’t quick to get wrapped up in Southland, it wasn’t for lack of powerful performances from its actors.
Regina King in particular has given a breakout performance as Detective Lydia Adams, from kicking ass to her friendships with colleagues; King gives the series an emotional depth that lacks from many of the crime procedurals on the air today.
Mariska Hargitay has been nominated and won once for her work on Law & Order: SVU. Regina King, though on a considerably lower rated series, has been able to match if not top some of Mariska’s nominated performances.
Here’s a nice character profile-cum-highlight reel for Regina King and Detective Lydia Adams that shows the heart and the strength in her performance.