One of the things we like to do here on the Forty Thrive podcast is highlight badass women over 40 who are living in their truth, with no apologies. The amazing thing about today's guest is that she not only personally fall under that category but plays a character who does too.

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• Christine Adams talks about the shift in Hollywood, and how women — especially women of color — are being seen and heard today.

• How her perspective of life — personally and professionally — has changed since turning 40.

• What it means to "Forty Thrive"

About: Christine Adams stars as Lynn Pierce, a brilliant neurosurgeon, on the hit CW show Black Lightning.

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Adams recently starred alongside David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess on the AMC series Feed the Beast. The versatile actor also portrayed Agent Weaver on the hit series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Other starring roles include The Whole Truth, as Lena Boudreaux opposite Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney, and Terra Nova opposite Jason O’Mara. Her many recurring roles include playing Lena Abbott on The Mentalist, Hani Jabril on the series Legends and Simone Hundin on Pushing Daisies. Some of her many guest spots include appearances on Pure Genius, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Castle, Nip/Tuck, NCIS: Miami, Heroes and Lie to Me. Adams has recently written, produced and starred in a comedy pilot called Dirty Work, which she really enjoyed and hopes to develop sometime in the near future.

She has worked extensively back in her native United Kingdom, including starring roles in the hit series NY-LON and BBC1’s Home Again. Other television credits in the UK include guest appearances on the cult show Doctor Who and the Hugh Laurie comedy Forty Something.

Adams starred in the Lifetime film Bad Blood, directed by Adam Silver and opposite Taylor Cole, Jeff Kober and Carly Chaikin. Other film credits include the hit films The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Batman Begins, TRON: Legacy, Green Flash and The World is Not Enough.

Beyond the entertainment industry, Adams recently began working with United Friends of the Children, an organization that empowers foster youth on their voyage to self- sufficiency. She is also a strong advocate for SPY – Safe Place for Youth, which is a Venice, California organization that inspires and nurtures the resilient human spirit of homeless youth. When she’s not empowering the local youth, Adams loves to eat cheese whenever possible.

Born in London, England, Adams always wanted to be an actress and studied at Middlesex University. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.

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