Sharon Van Etten reveals that she starred in new Netflix series ‘The OA’

'Rogue One' actor Riz Ahmed also had a small role in the new show

Sharon Van Etten has confirmed that she played a guest role in the new Netflix drama The OA.

The sci-fi show, whose first season debuted in full on the streaming service last week, stars Brit Marling and Emory Cohen in the leading roles. Ex-Vampire Weekend artist Rostam Batmanglij contributed to the show’s soundtrack.

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Van Etten has now revealed that she played a part in The OA, playing a character named Rachel. The New Jersey-born singer/songwriter posted on her Instagram page earlier today (December 21) that “the rumours are true,” addressing speculation from her fans that Van Etten had indeed acted in the show.

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The rumors are true. . . . @the_oa

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It has also been confirmed that Riz Ahmed played a small role in The OA‘s first season. The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Four Lions actor played Elias Rahim on the show.

Back in August, Van Etten released a new song which was written in tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at gay Orlando nightclub Pulse in June.

In a statement that accompanied the release of ‘Not Myself’, Van Etten said the song was “in the memory of those trying to be safe and be themselves, I hope we can all come together to help prevent another massacre like this and end gun violence.”


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