In New York City, Victor was hired for her first Broadway production that fall, in the revival of Les Misérables – "an astonishing thing I learned was that when I went on as Cosette,
I was the first African-American woman to ever perform the role in the show's 20 years of running."
Victor continued his training and work in New York for the next two years, working with directors Susan Stroman, Joanne Akalaitis, James Lapine, Stafford Arima, and Tina Landau at The Public Theater (The Bacchae), Lincoln Center (Happiness), and the Roundabout Theater Company (The Tin Pan Alley Rag).
Victor is a natural operatic soprano who has previously performed at the 85th Academy Awards and sung in Janis Joplin's ragtime opera Treemonisha.
She made her screen debut in the indie film Not Just Yet while still in school, and her first television appearance was opposite Sterling K. Brown in the TV series Starved. She also had recurrent appearances on Guiding Light and appeared on the television shows Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, All My Children, and How to Make It in America during her stint as a cast member in Les Misérables.
Idara performed in television shows such as Mad Men, Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, and Castle after relocating to Los Angeles.
She has also appeared in a number of television shows, including The Young and the Restless, Unicorn Plan-It, Vegas (2013), and Issa Rae's The Choir (2013).
In 2008, she played live in New York with the New York Philharmonic in a televised version of Camelot.
She appeared onstage with the lead actors of the 2012 film Les Misérables at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in 2013.
Idara rose to popularity as Nina Holiday, a crime scene analyst and IT technician for the Boston Police Department, on the mystery drama series Rizzoli & Isles from August 2014 until September 2016.
Victor joined the season 6 main cast, taking the place of the late Lee Thompson Young. Victor had a recurrent part on the AMC drama Turn: Washington's Spies from 2014 to 2017, and she appeared in the 2016 productions Pure Genius and An American Girl Story,
in addition to her role as Nina Holiday. She starred alongside Christoph Waltz in the 2019 film Alita: Battle Angel, written and produced by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez.
She is a prominent cast member on HBO's Max series Minx as of 2022.
Idara Victor's net worth is currently estimated at $6 million.
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"I'm moved by us, our quirks and mistakes."
"I find inspiration in everything from a piece of art to the hem of a dress."
"I'm fed most by nature; going to the beach or lying in the grass are the greatest kinds of medicine. Cooking for other people. Kicking it with friends and family. And I love dancing - by myself in my house, with friends anywhere, or in a class."
"I'm moved by us, our quirks and mistakes. I find inspiration in everything from a piece of art to the hem of a dress. I'm one of those people who sees Frank Zappa in a cup of coffee, or elephants wrestling in clouds. But also, conscious creation of all kinds moves me. And a divinely expressed performance in any genre sets me completely on fire."
"It's important to me that I don't take myself too seriously and I have fun with every experience in life. That is the whole point."
"There is no such thing as failure; everything is just a stepping stone to a greater lesson or achievement. I have found that to be absolutely true. My so-called failures have been some of my greatest learning tools. I just make sure to fail up. I'm not afraid to fall on my face while I attempt new things."