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Young Paulding actor works with Oprah in new HBO drama


An actor with six years of film and TV work under his belt could easily have lost his sense of awe about his famous co-stars.

Not 10-year-old Jaylon Gordon of Paulding County, who recently worked alongside longtime film and TV megastar Oprah Winfrey on the upcoming HBO movie release, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

“I’m a huge fan of ‘Miss Oprah,’” he said. “It was just overwhelming to meet her.”

Gordon, son of Felicia and Johnnie Gordon of Dallas, has acted in movies and TV series since he was 4. He portrays the son of the title character’s daughter played by Winfrey.

The movie, which will premiere Saturday, April 22, on the HBO cable TV channel, will feature Gordon as Alfred, the son of Winfrey’s Deborah Lacks. Rose Byrne and Courtney B. Vance also star in the adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s “critically-acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name.”

Filming was done in the fall in Baltimore, Md., and Atlanta, reportedly at Tyler Perry Studios where Winfrey’s TV series “Greenleaf” is filmed.

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