Terry is nominated in the same category as US media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Hollywood actresses Sanaa Lathan, Loretta Devine and Nia Long for Outstanding Actress in TV Movie/Limited Series.
Speaking of her admiration for fellow-nominee Oprah, the 36-year-old award-winning actress says, for years, the talk show host has inspired her.
“Even today she is one person I look up to,” said Terry, in an interview with the Saturday Star.
“She is a symbol of hope and excellence for hard-working women. She gave black women permission to dream, work hard and not apologise for that. A young girl who came from humble beginnings can relate to her.
“Who would ever have thought that a girl from the Vaal would one day be nominated in the same category as the likes of Oprah Winfrey.”
Terry leads the International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA Awards) as the most nominated actor this year.
She was nominated at the upcoming 4th annual IARA Awards in the categories of Best Actress 2017, Best International Actress 2017 for her role in A United Kingdom, and Best Actress - TV or Drama 2017 - for her role in the BET Nelson Mandela series.
When asked how it feels to be nominated alongside Oprah, Terry said: “It’s an absolute honour! I’m always looking for inspiring roles to play. It’s always an honour to be recognised with role models.”
Admitting that she only sets personal expectations, Terry added: “I always try to be the best I can be. Growth is my only expectation. You are your own competition. It’s easy to lose yourself living up to the world’s expectations.
"I don’t really think about what the world thinks. Doing so will shift your focus.”