Actress Alfre Woodard was so eager to work with artist-turned-director Steve McQueen she accepted a role in his new drama 12 Years A Slave before she even read the script.

The former Desperate Housewives star plays Mistress Shaw in the film that chronicles the true story of a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, and she insists signing on was a no-brainer.

She says, "I was told that Steve MCQueen wanted me to be in his film and I said, 'OK I'm in it,' and they said, 'No, we're going to send you the script,' and I said, 'No, I'm in it'."

The actress had seen some of MCQueen's previous films and knew she had to be part of his new movie.

She continues, "Steve MCQueen is this glorious... filmmaker. I think he is one of those filmmakers, they're very rare, but he is a master, he is a masterful filmmaker. We're gonna (sic) be talking about his films 50 years from now.

"I had seen Hunger, that he did before with Michael Fassbender, and I had seen Shame and that was just brilliant, so, you know, you would go to Kabul (Afghanistan) and pull cable for Steve MCQueen, and then I got the script and just (wow)."

Woodard appears to have been right to get behind the film project as it's currently receiving a great deal of Oscars buzz.